This smacks of a press guide CO
pilots released a few years back, during negotiations, that was entitled "The Remarkable Turnaround of Continental, and the 5000 CO
Pilots Who Made It Happen." (No lie).
Pilots, as much as we need them, can be an arrogant, pampered bunch, thinking that they're the straw that stirs the drink, when that's not the case. What the HP
pilots say now ,and what the CO
pilots said then, are a slap in the face-and a deliberate one-to everyone else, that makes an airline successful: management, f/a's, gate agents, dispatchers, mechanics, res agents-everyone. And trust me, it engenders more than a little bitterness form other work groups.