Scarebus34 wrote:jbs2886 wrote:intotheair wrote:I don't mean to jinx it, but watching the mess unfold at AA right now, and I can't help but think that UA really had the right strategy for the ramp-up out of the pandemic. Not retiring any aircraft in significant quantity and playing it safe with the summer schedule seem to have been the right moves.
AA’s issue is not aircraft, it’s labor. It doesn’t matter at all how many aircraft AA retired and UA didn’t-it’s the people who fly them.
Had UA retired a bunch of aircraft - they would have been in the same position. So the issue was indeed the aircraft. AA decided to retire fleets which drove the required training.
Fair point that yes training was required because of aircraft retirements but that’s not the underlying issue-the issue is training, not aircraft retirements. AA has the aircraft, it doesn’t have the (trained) people to fly them. Suggesting AA shouldn’t have retired aircraft so they wouldn’t need to re-train people is ridiculous.