JetSOUTHEAST
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Colgan Air

Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:05 am

Hi,
I was wondering when Colgan Air decided to go with Continental, and why CO dumped SkyWest. I submitted a resume to Colgan for F/A, and I hear they are "desperate" for F/A's and one of their F/A's told me they have a HUGE turnover rate, just curious, I thought Colgan was just a dinky commuter with B1900s. Wow, things change.
 
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RE: Colgan Air

Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:10 am

Your age may hurt you. What is their minumum requiremnet..? I would think 21 at least as you serve alcohol.

You, they are growing...and getting bigger soon.
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RE: Colgan Air

Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:12 am

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 1):
I would think 21 at least as you serve alcohol.

18 in Texas with a permit from the state.

Colgan is flying Saabs (I think) as Continental Connection, they started around the beginning of the year I think on intra-texas flights. Don't know why they dumped OO.
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RE: Colgan Air

Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:18 am

I don't think "dumped" is the proper expression. As I understand it, the contract was let out for bid as scheduled. Colgan underbid SkyWest and offered a few more seats per plane as well. SkyWest was given the opportunity to match the bid but chose not to. SkyWest is a excellent operator and I hate to see them go, but they have plenty of replacement flying. In other words, SkyWest doesn't need the CO contract, IMHO. SkyWest has been smart to not rely on just one major carrier.
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RE: Colgan Air

Thu Jun 16, 2005 11:42 am

I would not consider it a letdown if ColganAir doesnt consider you.

Colgan Air Hired me last year for a position as a Dispatcher at their Manassas VA HQ, they told me to bring my wife back the following week after the interview and start looking for housing and to take my DOT drug test...they even had Bekins call me to set up a move consultation. After that call I never heard from them....Bekins came out to my home and did an estimate and submitted it to Colgan but Colgan never called me nor returned my numorous calls. A month later they were back to advertising for the same position....I finally got ahold of them and their excuse was.....they needed someone more local than I was...

There are better ponds to swim in Id leave Colgan alone.....think about why they have high turnover???....it not that people are finding better jobs.
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RE: Colgan Air

Thu Jun 16, 2005 12:52 pm

Colgan flies alot of Saab's for US as well, many of which are based in PIT.
 
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RE: Colgan Air

Thu Jun 16, 2005 2:53 pm

Yeah but its a foot in the door, I have to take it if they offer it, its already hard enough to become a f/a.
 
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RE: Colgan Air

Thu Jun 16, 2005 9:12 pm

My brother works for Colgan. He keeps me informed about a lot of things. Some things I can tell you about Colgan (in relation to other airlines):

*They have a LOT of F/A bases. A good number of the cities they serve are F/A bases.
*They currently are flying SAAB 340s and B1900s--and there is a pretty strong rumor (some have even said that the first one is on the property) that they are considering SAAB 2000s as well, but I don't know how much truth is in that.
*The F/A group is non-union.
*There are very few overnight trips, which is not good in my opinion. It pretty much eliminates your per diem pay, which, if you've ever flown for another airline, you know is a good portion of your paycheck.

They seem to be a good company overall, but I would be concerned about their highly conservative way of conducting business. It almost seems they are nervous about growing. This is my perception, which of course could be dead wrong. Best of luck in your search for a F/A position.
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RE: Colgan Air

Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:22 pm

Quoting IFly4UAL (Reply 7):
They seem to be a good company overall, but I would be concerned about their highly conservative way of conducting business. It almost seems they are nervous about growing. This is my perception, which of course could be dead wrong. Best of luck in your search for a F/A position.

Actually you are right. Having flown for them for 6 years, being conservative has served them very well. The senator is very careful not to over expand. One good thing about them is that they will not subsidize an unprofitable route with a profitable one. If a route does not make money it will be discontinued. They are primarily a niche carrier which is part of the reason they are still in turboprop equipment. The pay could be better but it is still higher than some carriers.
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RE: Colgan Air

Thu Jun 16, 2005 11:14 pm

Colgan has traditionally operated in the Northeast flying a mix of B-1900's and Saabs, under the USAirways Express name. Some of the service is at-risk, while a lot is Essential Air Service routes.

In the past 6 months, they were awarded a contract to fly turboprop routes as Continental Connection out of IAH. This replaced Skywest, as said by offering a slightly larger aircraft and more advantagous costs. Thus, the rapid build-up of Saab operations in Texax.

Hence the rapid hiring at Colgan. They have been quickly gearing up for operations in Texas which has strained the company. Many people who start out at Colgan have jumped ship for the larger regionals like Pinnacle, Mesaba, Comair, Trans-State, etc. The addition of numerous more Saab aircraft has required significantly more crews.

The rumors about new fleet types are unfounded. The Saab2000 won't happen, as there are only about 3 currently operated in the United States, thus a complete lack of support services. They simply are not readily available

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