There are several things that SONG brings to the table, and will likely be introduced to the mainline if successful.
First of all I would like to mention something regarding salaries. All pay groups stay the same with the exception of the f/a's. They are on a schedule totally diferent from their mainline counterparts. The hourly pay is slightly less, however there is a greater flexibility to fly more hours and gain higher pay. The scheduling goes as follows.
Preferential bidding.You load paramaters into a computer, what days off you'd like what type of trips, 1 2 or 3 days. Then a schedule is generated with 3 days a month dedicated to "reserve" status.
The benefit to mainline is as follows: It allows for a sizeable operation to become a testbed for concepts. Just the work rule changes alone makes for a more productive workforce. The DL
mainline will not pay for the software upgrades necessary to transition to this type of system until it can be prvent hat it works and indeed produces a cost/benefit premium.
Song will fly freight. 757 cargo space relative to an A320 or a 717.
Song has a seating premium of around 40 - 50 passengers relative to an A320. It can charge less than JB
and make more money.
Free computer technology from DL
. And far superior technology at that.
Maintenance functions from DL
in hangers at various cities. FL
made a few million last quarter. When their hanger gets up and running and their first planes come in for HMV in 2 years.....Look out Nelly!!!! We got some new bills to pay! Same goes for JB
. How much does it cost to build a hanger in JFK
? Maybe they can get the lease on the USAir hanger in TPA
and do their repairs there.
Agreed that DL
cannot sustain losses for another year. The bottom line is that they will need to retain their customers. It's a company that's been around for more than 70 years. It is run by some of the brighter senior managers in the industry. Who's the guy in front of Congress on Capitol Hill speaking on behalf of the industry? Mullin. What's Neelemans end game? His history is the Stephen Wolf school. Make it pretty then sell it. Then leave.
Final thought. For all of you future aviation professionals on this board. Rooting for the demise of these airlines. It's one less employer and 60,000 more people who are more qualified than you out on the streets looking for a job. Any 20 year old pilots in school out there? Get used to the notion of flying an RJ
6 legs a day from Dog Dick Delaware (DDD) to your feeers hub for 8-12 years until this industry is righted.