Well I was told by our management that we ALWAYS submit bids to NW
when given the opportunity. As some of you probably know, Fred's plan is for OH
to exit ch11 protection, seperate from DL
- so perhaps this is one of the first signs of that...
There certainly have been a lot of rumors that we'll be handling a number of Pinnacle services in different airports. I have been told by more than a couple flightcrews that it is "a done deal", however when I asked my manager, I was told, "I'm not saying anything". So who knows... maybe management is just trying to keep it quiet for now.
As others have said, OH
's cost structure is a lot higher than that of Pinnacle. I don't think you'll see OH
take over all of Pinnacle operations. What I do think is more likley, is OH
taking over Pinnacle services at stations which currently serve both. As an example, at my airport there is a Comair flight and a Pinnacle flight about 30 minutes apart. These could easily be worked by solely OH
staff, given maybe 2 or 3 more part time positions, which would certainly be more cost effective than staffing an entire 6 person Pinnacle station. Shared GSE
, gates, etc could just help to further lower costs. I think if you evaluate the possibilities purely on the basis of labor cost you'll make the wrong assumptions. Rather, look at where it would be cost effective for OH
to handle pinnacle flights...
The vibe I get from OH
management, is a desired shift in our business model to obviously offer a competitive cost structure, but also fly for multiple carriers, like a Mesa or Shuttle America. There has been a lot of talk of getting some larger gauge airplanes on the property, and the EMB170 has been mentioned a lot. I'm not sure what the scope regulations are and such.
Obviously, being associated with DL
for the whold ch11 deal hurt our growth plans a lot. Prior to the ch11 filing, there was actually a plan for acquiring larger gauge aircraft, which has since been put on the back burner- after all, who's going to finance someone that's bankrupt.
Just as a question- how come when I posted about this I was flamed, but this thread is doing just fine?
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