avratdwc
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Northwest Airlink

Mon Mar 04, 2002 7:32 am

Hello everyone, well it has been a while for me making post on the forum, however I am know back for more. The resumes are out again and I was wondering who has some employee insight into Express 1 that flys for Northwest Airlink. I have some ties there and am really interested in going for them. Please write and comment on the company, routes, and future plans. I really appreciate it. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!
 
favre
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RE: Northwest Airlink

Mon Mar 04, 2002 9:22 am

new name will be pinnicale airlines---83 crj's by 2004
hubs in dtw/mem/msp----
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nwa man
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RE: Northwest Airlink

Mon Mar 04, 2002 12:09 pm

AZjubilee is a Mesaba employee (believe he's a pilot, but I don't remember for sure)...he should have all the NW Airlink ops info you need.

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HlywdCatft
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RE: Northwest Airlink

Mon Mar 04, 2002 12:14 pm

My buddy applied for Express Airlines 1 a couple weeks back, just got his rejection notice
 
avratdwc
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RE: Northwest Airlink

Tue Mar 05, 2002 1:49 am

Anyone else have some more insight. I have heard that the interview is tough technically. Let me know what you know. Thanks!!!!
 
azjubilee
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RE: Northwest Airlink

Wed Mar 06, 2002 1:43 am

I 'm a pilot for Mesaba and can tell you a few things about NW Airlink.

There are two airlink carriers, Mesaba and Express (soon to be Pinnacle).

Mesaba isn't hiring right now, as we are overstaffed and still have 12 pilots on furlough.

Express from what I understand is going to start hiring soon. CV630 is an Express pilot and can probably provide you with better info on Express than I can. All I could provide you is all the negative things I hear from my friends at Express. Including the interview (or lack thereof) being a joke. Again, I can tell you things I've "heard" from other Express pilots, so I don't think I can do great justice in "selling" you the airline. I'd "sell" you on Mesaba if I could, but again, we're not hiring.

Go to for more info too... that's their website.


Hope this sorta helps...

AZJ
 
avratdwc
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RE: Northwest Airlink

Wed Mar 06, 2002 9:05 am

Hey who knows how to get intouch with CV630? I would like to chat with him.
 
XFSUgimpLB41X
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RE: Northwest Airlink

Wed Mar 06, 2002 10:10 am

That would be CV640... he's in the process of relocating right now. Probably will be back in a few days.

NWairlink pilot hopefully next year-
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azjubilee
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RE: Northwest Airlink

Wed Mar 06, 2002 11:21 am

To give you an idea of an airline interview...

For Mesaba I spent all day from 7am to 5pm at the interview. It consisted of 3 exams, 2 personal interviews and a simulator eval. I found out I got the job the next day. It was a busy day and one of the more challenging regional interviews out there I think.

I know express doesn't have a sim eval and I'm not sure how many exams they have, if any.

One other thing, working for a NW Airlink company does not mean you'll walk right into a job at NW if that is your plan. We all have to apply like everyone else, as there is no flow through agreement... thank goodness!!!


AZJ


 
cv640
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RE: Northwest Airlink

Thu Mar 21, 2002 3:11 am

I'm back. Yes, I fly for Express Airlines I out o DTW now, ex MEM. Stil gettig use to the new terminal. Loos really nice, unfortnately the jetbridge in C concourse don' yet work, well the ground personal there don't know how to use them and there aren't enough of them actually.

es, we are running new hire classes rightnow, 2 Saab ones and I think we start a CRJ one in early April, not positive but think that's the cse. We wre told to expect 16 new hires per month till early fall, after that they have no idea, until we get official word on new deliveries they won't hire anyone else. The interview may have changed, when I went through it was 3 writtens and a 3 on 1 interview. They asked technical, personal, and situational type questions. Hard to remember exactly, was almost 2 1/2 years ago, but not confrontational, very friendly type.

As for what its lie to work here, well schedules aren't very good, especially for commuters. The bases aren't the best choices, DTW, MSP, or MEM. The equipment is great, the Saab and CRJ and fantastic aircraft tough. The people here are great, got a lot of wide ranges of experience. We hired a lot of good people last year that flew everything from Fractional companies, corporate, military, cargo, and other airlines. Unfortnately we only really hired high time people. Last year I heard our average new hire had more hours then a manline NWA new hire. We hired Captains off the street, so that helped drive up the averages. Right now few places are hiring, so I'd suspect that to remain in effect. Once other airlines start up and we have to compete for people, that'll change.

 
azjubilee
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RE: Northwest Airlink

Thu Mar 21, 2002 3:23 am

CV640, good to see you back. The problems in DTW are being addressed by mgmt. In fact Foley has been working out of DTW since Feb 24, when the new terminal opened. Agents from around the system have volunteered to go to DTW to pitch in and pilots on their off days have been out and about the ramp throwing bags and pitching in. So... things are getting better. The jetways work, the people just need more training. The agents at NW are still learning the new jetways too... have you seen how high tech they are?? Cool LCD screens and touch screen commands etc...

Maybe I'll run into you someday in DTW... figureatively of course. We've had too many XJ things run into XJ and non XJ things lately!

AZJ
 
cv640
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RE: Northwest Airlink

Thu Mar 21, 2002 4:11 am

Thanks AZJ

yeah, I've herd that there is a meeting later this eek wheer a lot of poblems will be discussed. We had some MEM gate agents here a few days ago to show the DTW people how to operate the jet bridges, will take some time. The new terminal is a million time improvement over the old one,just going to take a while to get everything straightened out.

If I see yeah in DTW coffes on me, as for runnng into things, I tink we've had a equal number of Saabs and CRJs hit lately.
 
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RE: Northwest Airlink

Thu Mar 21, 2002 7:18 pm

-holds up my busted right hand- This is what happens to people who work on the ramp in DTW!!!  Big grin I volunteered for a weekend, many many bugs to work out over there. Once it all works though, I think it will be a great place.
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