After lots of time, money and energy was spent at Mesaba in designing training curriculum and all the other details needed to transfer people and plane from Colgan to Mesaba, Corp. did a 180. They did this 180 after they were told that there was no future at DL
for the remaining Saabs in an at risk venture. So, instead of transferring all the Qs and Colgan Saabs to the Mesaba certificate, it's easier to transfer the LGA
saabs for US to the Colgan certificate. 7 as opposed to 40+ planes. At that point, the Mesaba certificate will be discontinued and Colgans name changed to Mesaba. Nobody has said what the surviving airline code will be, but let's hope it's XJ
and not 9L
. At the end of December, when DL
connection Saab flying ends, the remaining saabs will be flying for US in LGA
. The Eagan, MN
SOC will remain until those planes are transfered to the Colgan certificate. In the meantime, the Mesaba General offices will move to MEM
, leaving the GO vacant, with the exception of the SOC until the txfr is complete. The Mesaba training center will remain as a "North" campus providing training for CRJ200, 900, Saab and a rumored Q400 sim.
FSDO is notorious for being pains in the butts and one such desire by them was for Mesaba to do "proving runs" on the Q when it came over to the XJ
certificate. The MSP
is not familiar with the Q, therefore were going to treat it as if it were brand new to Mesaba, never mind the fact that Colgan has been operating them this whole time. Now, since the Mesaba certificate will be leaving the MSP
FSDO and its jurisdiction, they've stepped up their pain in the butt factor in an almost juvenile display of malcontent.
My perspective: Sean Menke will be great for this organization. He's got a lot of dead weight to get rid of and an uphill battle transforming 4 cultures into 1. He's inherited a total mess with misguided priorities, projects and incredible discontent amongst the employees, especially at Mesaba. XJ
has lost TONS of talent, because they don't want to move to MEM
or weren't picked in the political musical chairs game for an "end state" position. Then you've got the Pinnacle FAs who are throwing the Mesaba FAs under the bus in an insulting 3:1 seniority integration. Even then, there won't be room for all our FAs. Then you've got the pilots who while working under one contract have incredibly unhappy factions within each group due to the awful arbitrated seniority list. I know that more than ever are Mesaba pilots clamoring to leave this place. It's astonishing that over a year has passed and virtually nothing apparently has been done. The only major work in bringing these airlines together has been done by ALPA with a joint contract and seniority list.
It seems that this fall we'll see the first movements of airplanes between certificates, with the Mesaba jets. Their plan (which has been shot down numerous times by the FAA, initially they wanted this to happen July 29. LOL. Right.) is to transfer the Mesaba jets and pilots to the Pinnacle certificate and fly in a "fenced" operation. At a predetermined date and with a predetermined training footprint, the Mesaba pilots will trickle "over" the fence and become Pinnacle pilots. While in the fenced operation, Mesaba pilots will only fly with fellow Mesaba pilots doing it the Mesaba way.
Until all this happens, we continue to operate as 3 airlines wasting vast amounts of resources and synergies. A "realignment" just came out and will see HUNDREDS of people going through training as people shuffle between equipment and bases. This is just the first of several realignments as the DL
saab bases close and the company finally gets people into seats/bases to solve the staffing (PCL
and Colgan) problems.
So... I'll recap with my original statement. This is a TRAINWRECK.
[Edited 2011-08-31 15:48:58]