Well, here are some views from the inside, as an employee on the front lines in ATL
1. Today, after the filing posted in the opening thread, a pilot asked me "It seems we have been flying alot of planes with alot of MEL
=Minimun Equip List...........basically things a plane can fly with that are not working). Why is that??? Are you guys getting cut???" A comment like that shows that someone HASN'T been paying attention to their surroundings the last 2 yrs!!!!!!! All non-pilot personnel have taken cuts in their health insurance, lost their pensions(unless they can retire in the next 7yrs), and had pay reviews frozen. Not to mention ALOT of layoffs. The pilot group at DL
has blinders on. Even if DL
had the old "family" atmosphere back, the pilots would be the black sheep of this family.
2. I have noticed lately, pilots trying to start up casual conversation with ramp agents, mechanics, and gate agents. It seems to me as damage control..............before they walked around with their ego, not giving the time of day to any of the normal employees.
3. One pilot bragged, "I see stock is around $6...........when it hits $3 I'm gonna load up!!!!" This shows how naive alot of people are. Go ahead, buy it at $3..............when it hits $2 and Chp 11 is filed, I'll be intrested to see how much you made off of your investment!
4. Also, alot of pilots don't seem to understand how the rest of the company operates. Even at a major airport like ATL
, they seem to have a MAJOR problem understanding that there are other aircraft..........they are not the only fish in the sea, so to speak. On one hand, it is funny to see them throw a fit when they are told that a part will be at their gate in around 20min as it is coming from another part of the field. It is also a sad reminder how narrow their perspective is about the big picture. It ticks me off when I read on these forums about how great people think airline pilots are!!! Granted, about 99% of the ones I run into are nice guys. BUT, how they got elevated to this "superhero" status is beyond me. I cannot begin to tell you guys how many times I have had to walk a pilot through a procedure.......normally one that is speeled out for them on a CHECKLIST!!!!!!!!!!
I don't think the pilots are the only problem here. I think the problem started a couple of years ago, when Leo's bandits took over. BUT......I would say pilot costs are about 85% of the problem, the other 15% being management's lies, deceit, and general lack of competence. When we do go into Chp 11, I will probably lose 20% of my pay, and then my job. The pilots, while balking at the 30% DL
wants them to give up, will probably feel that was a bargain when a Bancrupty Court judge take 40-50%, no questions asked. One part of me feels really sad to see a once great company fall apart. The other part of me wishes it would hurry up and get over. There's no question DL
has started a long downhill slide.........just how long the hill is remains to be seen. I really wouldn't be surprised if they get absorbed into another carrier, after they are ripped apart in Chp 11 and consolidation.
Oh yeah......an internal memo from a pilot called this ALPAs ALAMO. We all know what happened there. Congrats ALPA........you are about to contribute to 60,000 people having their lives changed forever, many of them your "union brothers". Alot of people need to swallow their pride, stick their tails between their legs, and act like an adult. Not a spoiled rotten ego maniac that needs their hand held throughout their day, over and over again.