I'm no longer with the company and have moved on. Great airline, great people. I would agree with the assessment that it's going to be rough going for the next few months. 4th quarter was disasterous. Pilot group is getting the finger pointed at it. I just sum it all up to a national carrier having growing pains.
As far as the fleet is concerned, the rumor mill has swayed back and forth. Before I left, the big news was that Hoeksema signed a deal for 717s and that it was all over but the crying.
Word now is that something fell through and that Airbuses will be given the nod. Don't anyone think for a new york minute that you will see a mix of types over the long term. Fleet commonality will be a key issue. The DC-910s will be the first to go--I MISS 300ME ALREADY
In chatting with some friends, the configuration on the A318/19/20 series will be 3 * 2. They will specifically avoid booking middle seats until 80% capacity. The middle seat will be a fold down desk.
Announcement will be made by the end of March. Conjecture, conjecture. But that's the latest.
Not sure about the Skyway situation other than they're going to build a new hangar and they are coughing up a lot of pilots. Twenty-some are leaving in droves while new aircraft arrive. New mins are 700/50. They are hiring!