Skyway has been pushing back the EMB order for quite some time. As far as the 328's that are in MYR
, Skyway can kiss those goodbye, because from what I hear out of the pilots union, the Delta deal is pretty much ready to fall through. Skyway has stopped all new-hire classes, and they will probably have to furlough in the future. There are way to many pilots. Most captains have a schedule with only 40 hours per month, but Skyway has to pay their guarantee of 70 hours. So you have two guys doing the work of one, but you have to pay benefits for two. Make sense? To me, no. To the boys in the Cookie Palace? Maybe.
Midwest is poised to announce another 10 million dollar loss, and it will only continue. You cant make money running a 717 with only 88 seats on it, especially with how cut throat MKE
has become. NW
has jumped onto almost every YX
route out of here, and the fares are coming down. Saver service is a bomb. Granted there 143 seats on the Mad Dogs, but the west coast flights are constantly weight restricted which causes 15 or so seats per flight to go out empty. Factor in the empty seats, fuel burn, and cheap fares, and the MD
-80's are in the same boat at the 717's. Except the MD
-80's dont have foot rests and classical music playing when you board. YX
should drop this low yield west coast crap and find a niche. Northwest has them by the balls. In 2005 NW
will enplane more people out of MKE
will (excluding Skyway) Midwest is slowly loosing their "Hometown Airline" feel.
Midwest needs a new business strategy fast. SO far their strategy has been to sell all of the things that they own, including the Cookie Palace,and their brand new hangars. All of their planes are leased, and with no collateral how will they be able to get financed for investments? Fire everyone who is running Midwest, and bring in some new blood. They need a David Neelman, or someone with vision to see them through this.
Sorry for the rant.