ual747den
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Employee Trips To Take Delivery Of New Aircraft?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 6:11 pm

At Frontier employees are selected to fly out to Airbus and take delivery of the new aircraft. They are given tours of the factory and receive VIP treatment while visiting. They then take possession of the aircraft and fly it home! The trips are available to anyone working at the airline, and I think about 15 people are selected for each trip.
My question is, is this a normal way to take delivery of a new aircraft? Do all airlines do this type of thing when buying new aircraft? If others do not, why does F9 get this special treatment?
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A319114
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RE: Employee Trips To Take Delivery Of New Aircraft?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 7:36 pm

I know Transavia does the same when they take delivery of a new aircraft and I can imagine other airlines doing the same. (What about Transavia's owner, KLM?)
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RE: Employee Trips To Take Delivery Of New Aircraft?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 7:37 pm

Don't imagine it's "special" treatment. Any airline can elect to take anyone with them for delivery flights, it's just that many don't due to the associated costs.

Virgin Blue often take staff out to SEA to take delivery of their new 73s. It's quite the little trip. Takes a couple of weeks I believe, as they build in stops in places like HNL, NAN and RAR.
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HAJ_OW
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RE: Employee Trips To Take Delivery Of New Aircraft?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 9:54 pm

Hello,

I have heard that Lufthansa has invited travelagents for a delivery flight as an incentive. It was a A319 on a dilvery flight from the Hamburg Finkenwerder factory to Hamburg Lufthansa technical base. They were given a tour and made a sightseeing flight around the Island of Helgoland and a low flyover of Sylt Airport.

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RE: Employee Trips To Take Delivery Of New Aircraft?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 9:59 pm

At Alaska, our Seattle people get to drive to where the planes coming from! They can watch it takeoff, drive real fast, and watch it land at Sea-Tac. There's your delivery flight!

That called the "Home town Airlines"...kinda!

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RE: Employee Trips To Take Delivery Of New Aircraft?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 10:55 pm

Some times they'll do that. But you need to remember it's still an important and hectic time for the employee(s) that are actually receiving and signing for the airplane...it's NOT a fun trip or time. The check lists are endless and your signing for millions of dollars of company assetts. Everything has to be just right, the lawers all need to agree on contracts, the i / t all need to be crossed and dotted. I remember back when I was turning planes back in over to the leasing group over the last few days before return, I was working 16-18 hrs a day.
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RE: Employee Trips To Take Delivery Of New Aircraft?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 11:00 pm

Are you kidding me? You never heard about that program?

JetBlue has a contest called "No Plane Jane" - In it crew members send an e-mail into the contest with the top five names they think should be on one of our new planes. The names of the aircraft are picked and 10-20 lucky people get to go to Europe to check out the Airbus facilty and fly their new airplane home!

I think it's a wonderful idea, and a great way to keep moral up in a comany!

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RE: Employee Trips To Take Delivery Of New Aircraft?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 11:16 pm

In 1993, I was lucky enough to be on the delivery flight of SAA's 4th B747-444, ZS-SAY. The aircraft routed from the Boeing plant to Jo'burg via Barbados!!! At Bridgetown we were taken off the aircraft to a hotel for a cocktail party.

At that stage SAA was thinking of starting a service from JNB to LAX and Barbados was considered to be a possible stop over point. With the introduction of airline alliance's, SAA's plans to start services to LAX diminished in favour of increased flights to the airline's gateways into the US which were JFK and MIA. The latter was later switched to ATL when SAA changed its alliance from AA to DL.
 
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RE: Employee Trips To Take Delivery Of New Aircraft?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 11:38 pm

Southwest did that when they took delivery of their 175th 73G: http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2004/photorelease/q3/pr_040826g.html.

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