Does anyone think Ayer is more than just a little concerned about Virgin America spooling up..???
I dont know if this has anything to do with it. The idea of Virgin America actually starting up service in SFO
has been pretty quiet in the past several months. I pretty much doubt that Ayer is scared of Virgin America...that is IF
Virgin America does see the light of day.... But who knows.
IMHO, I suspect someone is trying to buy Alaska...
These rumors will NEVER end. Ive heard them all and its mostly about either NW
. Dont expect AS
to be put up for sale. It wont happen, they are too profitable expecially in SEA
and the State of Alaska.
AS has been in my opinion rather lucky these last few years...
They have REALLY pulled through since 9/11. Everyone pretty much contributed, not necessarly through union contracts but through improved customer service, on time arrivals within 15 mins, turn around times improved with TANGO, etc etc. Union contracts are a total different issue. I think the morale at AS
has skyrocketed since 9/11 because the employees saw the cuts at other airlines and have strived to avoid this and worked harder. So yeah, I think you can say they are very, very, lucky.
So we've got a standoff going on. The pilots refuse to budge until they see the company committing to future growth. The company refuses to commit to growth until the pilots budge.
So are the pilots and AS
still going through contract talks currently? Is this the latest status on the talks or what? What about the F/As? As far as seeing the company committing to future growth, this is not an overnight thing. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure that out.
the cuts have been made with maintenance and fleet services and other back side area's of the company.
With the cuts in the MX
department....exactly how many mechanics are affected? I know the entire base check program is pretty much cut, but what about hangar line mechanics, flight line mechanics...graveyard shift mechanics? What percentage will be cut and left over? Will the entire fleet service cleaners be cut by 100%? I hadnt seen any stats on how AS
will do these cuts, who will go and who will stay....
As for the Alaska 2010...this program is DEAD now as far as Im concerned. It had the 'working together to grow' plan in place. All it took was one person to screw it up and that was Ayer. Ayer defies the point to anything AS
stands for. He should be replaced by someone who cares more than the company itself and its employees too who make up a wonderful airline.
Ayer doesn't care and doesn't give a damn!