I find it hard for anyone to have a good time working for Airtran, unless you have very low standards set for yourself. I worked for Airtran, right after the Airtran Airways merger. It was the biggest mistake of my life. The second biggest was staying with them for as long as I did, two years. I don't know how they are now, but it was really a second rate airline then, and I haven't seen it get much better lately. I busted my ass for $8.50hr. The reason they paid so well is because of the high turn over rate. At my station, after I was there 1 year, I was at the top of seniority. They were still using the pathetic rubber band bag tags, and they weren't even color-coded like WN
, because FL
was too cheap to buy color-coded ones. When I went through training, the trainers were promising ATB bag tags like the majors have by the end of the year. I have just recently starting seeing that come through, but Airtran's problem is that there are no bag tag numbers on them. Just flight numbers and the FL
ticket number, which does you no good when someone is filing a lost bag report. They also had NO agreements with OAL's to reroute passengers, so if your flight was cancelled, you either paid another airline full fare or made the passenger wait for the next FL
flight(which do you think happened more?). Because of the number of passengers that FL
repeatedly sends to Delta in ATL
, Delta has made them start paying full fare for reroutes again, because Delta is not going to be doing Airtran's job for pennies on the dollar. When I left FL
at my station, I quit right after the Station Manager quit, because he said he could make more money selling insurance. And he is. The next station manager that they got had NO airline experience whatsoever, and was promoted to general office executive after being on the job for 3 months. Either that guy was good, or they had no one else to put in there.
Given that most of the executives are former Eastern people or fired from other airlines, like Joe Leonard(former Eastern and kicked out of Northwest), it did not leave me much faith in those at the top and still wouldn't.
So for anyone who says they love working for Airtran, I'm sorry...I mean, that's great, and I am glad you are having a good time. But believe me when I say that sometimes, the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. My benefits, pay, and abilities far exceed what Airtran tried to give me.
I don't have a microwave, but I do have a clock that occasionally cooks shit.