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At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Wed May 03, 2006 9:04 am

Courtesy: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

http://www.startribune.com/535/story/400251.html
 
nwafflyer
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Wed May 03, 2006 9:16 am

Years ago, I used to enjoy Mesaba and their SAABS -- now, it's constant delays, issues, at DTW, the gate attendant can't even manage the jet bridge in less than 20 minutes. There are multiple issues here -- obviously, employee morale is one, but employee training, corporate management, have their share of the blame too. I feel for some of the old time employees, and wish them well, but I see no reason for Mesaba to continue until and unless it re-thinks it's ways
 
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Wed May 03, 2006 9:33 am

We have seen this with other airlines feed airlines like CO(Express Jet) and DL (Comair).I would like to see NWA put other feed airlines like Chautauqua. DL and CO are and are going to use them.
 
nwafflyer
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Wed May 03, 2006 9:41 am

I have no problem at all with Express Jet -- look at the landing they made tonight at Houston, and I really don't mind Comair (except for the CRJ200's
 
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Wed May 03, 2006 9:47 am

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 1):
Years ago, I used to enjoy Mesaba and their SAABS -- now, it's constant delays, issues, at DTW, the gate attendant can't even manage the jet bridge in less than 20 minutes.

I haven't had any problems with any agents in DTW. ANd the only delays that I have experienced with XJ were wx delays, and Mesaba doesn't have control of the weather. Keep in mind I am aware of the mx issues that occur, but that will happen with an increasing fleet age.

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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 12:15 am

Morale may be at an all time low, but as employees we are doing the best we can with the tools we've been given. I think it is a testament to the dedicated and hard working employees that we've taken the high road in this issue. Something we can't say for mgmt.

The picture will be clearer shortly for Mesaba... especially since the NWA pilots just ratified their concessionary agreement.


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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 12:21 am

Quoting Nwab787techops (Reply 2):
We have seen this with other airlines feed airlines like CO(Express Jet) and DL (Comair).I would like to see NWA put other feed airlines like Chautauqua. DL and CO are and are going to use them.

That will happen once NWA gets Chautauqua under their complete control. NWA only wants regionals that they have total control over, that's why you'll never see Mesa operate for NW. Steenland hates JO.
 
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 12:25 am

Not to mention the fact NWA owns LARGE stakes in both their Airlink companies. It's all a shell game that screams EASTERN and LORENZO. Mesaba and Pinnacle might as well be wholly owned... NWA treats them that way.


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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 1:22 am

Quoting Ca2ohHP (Reply 6):
That will happen once NWA gets Chautauqua under their complete control. NWA only wants regionals that they have total control over, that's why you'll never see Mesa operate for NW. Steenland hates JO.

If thats the case, then why did NW start using Business Express years ago as a feeder partner? I know that airline went under, but still.

And I don't know if they can maintain total control over Pinnacle or Mesaba. Comair has major issues right now, and Pinnacle could end up with some of that flying if this continues. NW also still has an RFP out, and several airlines, including Air Wisconsin, have bid on the flying, and remember that Air Wisconsin has ties to NW, since Geoff Crowley, was the one who got the NW and KL agreement in place. And that has worked wonders for both carriers.

Funny how Steenland hates JO. The two run their respective carriers using very similar styles. But if thats true, then ZW might have a chance at getting some flying, especially since their Appleton HQ is perfectly located for the network that NW would fly, and ZW hasn't given up the hangar yet because they want to see if we get any of this flying. I am not sure a lot of the ZW employees would be happy with NW flying, but it could happen.
 
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 1:38 am

Business Express was only a code share partner, much like Eagle in LAX or AS in SEA or HA in HNL. They're not airlink partners, as Mesaba and Pinnacle are. NWA owns a large chunk of MAIR Holdings, the parent company of Mesaba Aviation. NWA also owns a portion on PNCL Holdings, the parent company of Pinnacle Airlines. Our success is NWAs success. Much of the RPF hoohaa can be attributed to something called WHIPSAW.



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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 3:08 am

Quoting Apodino (Reply 8):
Air Wisconsin has ties to NW, since Geoff Crowley

A bit off topic, but I noticed on Air Wisconsin's website Pat Thompson is the acting CEO, anyone know what happened to Geoff?
 
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 9:07 am

Quoting Ca2ohHP (Reply 10):
A bit off topic, but I noticed on Air Wisconsin's website Pat Thompson is the acting CEO, anyone know what happened to Geoff?

Geoff recently stepped down as CEO and Chairman. While he will remain on the board, he is going to focus instead on investment opportunities, or so a recent email from him said.
 
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 11:13 am

Quoting Apodino (Reply 8):
Comair has major issues right now, and Pinnacle could end up with some of that flying if this continues

With what planes? NW has total control of 9E's aircraft since NW is the leasor and then sub-leases them to 9E.
 
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 12:49 pm

This has got to be making all of those "If you don't like what's happening in the airline industry, just quit your job" free market fanatics beam with joy.
Your requests are being granted en masse.

The world (and the US in particular) is a much more dismal place. Perhaps better off for a few, economicaly, but more dismal for most of us, nonetheless.
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 1:28 pm

Quoting Highguy76 (Reply 13):
This has got to be making all of those "If you don't like what's happening in the airline industry, just quit your job" free market fanatics beam with joy.
Your requests are being granted en masse.

Yes, exactly. So what? This is an industry that is not making any money. There ARE other industries that ARE making money. Just because YOU want to do something doesn't mean that there is any money in that field. It's called life. I would like to be a professional breakdancer, but that doesn't mean that I'm going to make any money or find a suitable job. And, no, this isn't the first industry that has lost jobs due to some kind of underlying economic problem, or in our case, oversupply of product (which leads to bringing in an oversupply of workers to provide said product).

Quoting Highguy76 (Reply 13):
The world (and the US in particular) is a much more dismal place. Perhaps better off for a few, economicaly, but more dismal for most of us, nonetheless.
Highguy76

You can either act like the world is ending and cry about it or you can find a more fruitful job in an industry that makes money. Your choice. I assume that since you have access to a computer that you probably don't live in the street, begging for food or live in some war-torn place. That is dismal. Having to find a different job is difficult or unpleasant, not dismal.

I personally am glad to see an exodus of my former brethren at XJ, and in the airline industry in general. There is neither room for many people or management who really care about the people they are losing. When even the management, the captains of the ship, decide to jump ship like a bunch of gutless cowards, it's time for the workers to find a lifeboat too. A lot of people I worked with there were work-a-holics who really should have done something less stressful and more productive (read: pays better and more opportunities). The airlines didn't deserve to have people who kept taking a beating for their problems. What are non-rev benefits really worth when you don't have the money or time to travel? What is even more of an insult is to see what it actually costs to travel to some destinations, with a POSITIVE SPACE SEAT!

The airline business is in rough shape now. So I think I am soon going to pursue employment in more profitable sectors. Then when things are hot again (they will be, they have been many times in the past), I'll be back.

This used to be really fun. I used to be excited to go to work, deal with airplanes, plan trips, be around other airplane enthusiasts. I used to be excited to share my experiences on here. It's just not here anymore.
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 1:54 pm

Quoting Nwab787techops (Reply 2):
We have seen this with other airlines feed airlines like CO(Express Jet)

What are you talking about? Expressjet has a consistent 99.9% controllable completion factor for Continental. Their on time performance is often better than mainline CAL (and yes, they have ACARS so no cheating). Explain to me how you expect better service from chautauqua?
 
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 8:28 pm

Quoting KAUSpilot (Reply 15):
Explain to me how you expect better service from chautauqua?

CO needed to look and hire another airline to do Express Jet's job. That explains it self.
 
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 10:03 pm

Quoting Nwab787techops (Reply 16):
CO needed to look and hire another airline to do Express Jet's job. That explains it self.

Its all about costs. Its not service level or completion fact. Let's face it, for the most part there is very little differentiation between most of the regionals in this area, at least from most passenger's perspectives. Most of the operational issues are a direct result of the mainline carriers operations or substandard airport facilities. Regionals have always played second fiddle to mainline in terms of operational priority. Most passengers are not going to notice the difference between a 99.9% and 98.8% completion factor.

I really feel bad for the lifers at Mesaba. Granted the DTW ground staff must have about a 200% annual turnover, many of the people at the XJ outstations had been there since the 80's and early 90's. These people loved there jobs, and in many of these smaller communities it was a great opportunity with good benefits. Time will tell what XJ and 9E will look like in the future. My bet is that they will still be around in one shape or form.
 
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Thu May 04, 2006 11:52 pm

I've had nothing but delays from the mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers at Mesaba. Especially when it comes to hooking up the bridge for arriving flights.
 
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RE: At Mesaba, Workers Head For The Exits

Fri May 05, 2006 4:54 am

Quoting Nwab787techops (Reply 16):
CO needed to look and hire another airline to do Express Jet's job. That explains it self.

No, it really doesn't. CO wanted Expressjet to reduce it's 109 million/yr profit to 9 million/yr. Expressjet refused. That's why their flying is being reduced.

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