|Quoting TrevD (Reply 24):|
Can't say I blame him, and remember he was only expressing his personal opionion. I too have a huge lack of respect for the UAL pilot group that stems all the way back to the 2000 Summer from Hell. I can't tell you how many business meetings, customer events and most importantly Kid events and overall time with my family was screwed up by the selfishness of this group.
My apologies for your inconvenience during the summer of 2000. As a regular line pilot I can say that the majority of our pilots flew exactly the same way we fly today. There is no difference. While I don't discount some pilots not hurrying or having a chip on their shoulder in 2000 it was not the widespread pilot slowdown as so often quoted in the media by our long gone management team.
During that summer we were severely understaffed in the pilot ranks and the company did not get back to normal ops until they reduced the schedule by over 8% to account for the lack of crews. Also I don't remember a summer of worse ATC delays due to saturation. It was the bubble that burst and we all found out the hard way.
If you follow this board then you are obviously airline "savvy". If so you remember the logger head and lawsuit that AA
won against APA
during the AA
pilot slowdown a few years ago prior to the UA
summer of 2000. This award almost bankrupted the AA
pilots union as the company won damages against the union. Seeing this result at AA
do you not truly believe UA
would have sued ALPA if there was merrit to a slowdown by the UA
pilots? Again I am just a line pilot so this is my impression. If this was an illegal job action the company could have made serious kibble at ALPA's expense.
The leaders we had during the summer of 2000 were the weakest group we have ever had at this company. Goodwin and Dutta together could not run a hot dog stand. These two guys chose the easy way out of bad situation that summer and they used the media to blame the pilots for understaffing and weather issues (remember ord now has caps on traffic because of that summer). The problem I see is everyone had a hand in the meltdown but only the pilots are the target of the blame. As someone who loves to fly airplanes and loves my job and company it is sad to see our legacy as the summer of 2000. We get no credit for the 40-60% cuts our pilots took in pay alone not to mention quality of life issues to keep the airline flying after 9/11. We have lost 80% of our pensions and had our growth and movement slowed because of the mess Goodwin, Dutta and Dubinsky dumped on our laps. The improvement to #1 of the majors in on-time is often overlooked as people focus on the past.
While we still have a ways to go I hope you will come back and find a better UA
to do business with.
Take care and happy holidays