DCA-ROCguy USAir is the 7th largest airline. We as mechanics are the 7th highest paid in the industry. So, what is so terrible about our union costs???? If I do have to take a pay cut. I will get a second job to support my family. I just hope that when I'm dead tired or have other things on my mind (like paying bills), that you are not on the flight where I make a critical mistake that kills everyone on board. Is your life worth a $25 super saver??????????????????????????
Ask Southwest mechanics, they'd probably know the answer. There's been one strike at WN in its whole history, which lasted all of two days, in 1980 I think it was. Employees at WN seem quite happy to work there, and WN has never had a fatality as we all know. I fly quite confidently on low-fare carriers, which meet all the same Federal standards and FAA regulations as the Cartel does. The lie that somehow low-fare carriers are unsafe, is a convenient Cartel lie that fortunately doesn't fool consumers.
Specifically, the new 738's have 20 F seats (operating F20Y114), as compared to the old standard 757's, which run F22Y144. Specifically, AA is moving towards making upgrades easier and more enticing to hold the businessman, who, like myself, often can use the hours in the air in a productive manner with a laptop or a sketch pad -- something that's harder to do in Y unless you are very slight of stature.
That makes sense. Carty is playing to one of AA's strengths, as he should. The Cartel-network carriers offer regional service, international service, and greater amenities--if they're going to lose cost-minded passengers, might as well play to higher-paying pax. People that are willing to pay more should get more. Those of us who don't need enough space to use a laptop comfortably should get lower fares with our coach seating.
In terms of overall volume, AA and the other network carriers will probably be smaller in coming years, but if they treat those who do pay for their benefits well, that will no doubt be welcomed by the pax. Although we'll probably see the low-fare carriers do more for business pax in coming years, the Cartel will probably still be able to offer greater amenities due to higher yield.
Need a new airline paint scheme? Better call Saul! (Bass that is)