enilria wrote:Trust me I am extremely aware of the variability of airline costs. You are confusing short term variability with long term variability. Short term they can't get rid of aircraft, they have to pay the crew 100% inside the crew bid, and they only really save inflight food, landing fees, and fuel. As you saw, I already cut their systemwide fuel bill significantly. So no, I'm dead on. Plus I'd say 70% down for April is now VERY conservative. It's gonna be worse.
Enilria is correct. This is one of the reasons why UA wanted to get a jump on April. Parking or retiring the aircraft landing fees, food and fuel will only save so much money but airlines like AA and UA still have to pay the crew 100% inside the crew bid this is one reason why UA back in February announced they were offering to pay pilots 50 hours pay to stay home. UA pilots are normally guaranteed 80 flying hours a month. But by getting a jump on things UA (depending on how many pilots took the offer) will save 30 hours of flying time in April for every pilot that took them up on the offer. I'm sure DL has to abide by a strict contract with their pilots, but since their FA's are nonunion who knows if DL can just make up the rules as they go along. But one thing is for sure especially here at UA these contract are a lot more stringent than they were during UA's bankruptcy years. Failure to act in a timely manner in order to protect the airline only cost the airline money down the road.
Judging from the time when AA made these announcements and depending on how AA's contracts read if the crew bid was completed AA may not reap the full savings benefit from these cuts until May, it may already be to late for them to save those crew hours in April. I'm not picking on AA because the same is true here at UA this last minute travel ban will cost UA money in April as well. For highly unionized airlines like AA and UA the changes caused by travel ban is to late to save April it is done. Now is the time that they start looking at May and June which is why AA put out a schedule showing suspensions and delays to seasonal flights till May or June.