I really don't know where this notion comes from that pilots are somehow automatically qualified to run an airline, and can do it better than a professional management team can. I realize that pilots are in general highly educated, and again in general, in possession of large egos. BUT.... Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. Those retired pilots are probably EXTREMELY scared that their pensions will go the way of the US Airways pilots. They hope that by encouraging their fellow pilots at UA
to buy the airline, that it will probably save their pensions. That would be the wrong reason for the current employees to buy the company.
That being said, those still with the company will likely wind up with a minority stake in the company when it emerges from CH11. But those who do not remember history will be doomed to repeat it. The employees should put their stake in a blind trust and let professionals manage the airline. Then they should go and do what THEY do best, whether it's flying airplanes or fixing them. If UA
puts the right people in the right jobs, the company can thrive after CH11. But if the employees insist on tinkering with what they do not fully understand, UA
will follow the same course it did as they slid into CH11.