|Quoting LAXdude1023 (Reply 132):|
Some will, some wont.
I work with a company that (at least 8-10 times a week) spends $1200 per person to fly from Dallas to Cedar Rapids. I work with another that often pays $1400 to fly from Dallas to Memphis.
Exactly. The essential business travel will be happening, but any non-essential business travel for stuff like training, corporate meetings, periodic scheduled customer follow up will be axed. That will put tremendous pressure on the industry, and yes, pilot salaries in the long-term.
|Quoting aluminumtubing (Reply 137):|
I can only speak for the AA pilots. We are just desperate for a change in leadership. Once Crandall left, no one here feels that any of the top leadership, and I use the term loosely, has had the interest or ability to LEAD this airline long term. We just feel that Parker, while not perfection, would put someone in charge that wants to run a world class airline. The merger would not be a panacea, but right now, it is the only thing that gives us any hope for the future.
You are delusional to think that Parker is your White Knight. You guys hated Crandall. Then you hated Carty, then you hated Arpey. Now you hate Horton. You will certainly hate Parker, too. What you guys/gals seem oblivious to is that management is the liaison between you and market forces. What is driving the airline is dictated not by management but by market forces. The problem is that market forces are not in your favor, but you think that "treating the symptom" will "heal the disease".
The only way that you guys will see a true difference is if a CEO was hired that was willing to defy the markets and Wall Street...someone who would not care about the stock price, but only about internal metrics. Someone like Gordon Bethune in his early CO days. The problem is that Parker is not that person, and that it will be very difficult to find such a CEO.
|Quoting ckfred (Reply 141):|
Continental executives who learned under Gordon Bethune. Bethune did an amazing job after CO came out of bankruptcy, and the CEOs who followed him kept CO out of bankruptcy after 2001.
Not so sure...Jeff Smisek was a Bethune protege and take a look what his short term thinking is doing to UA in the last year...
|Quoting blueflyer (Reply 145):|
Guys in the business know that businesses will adapt. Some will continue on flying as if nothing had happened because it is essential to generating sales and/or a marginal part of their expenses overall, others will learn to love video-conferencing (if they can) or Skype.
Well...the person I responded to did not at all acknowledge that business travel will suffer. Au contraire. And again...you are right. Some business travel will vanish and some will stay. But even if 40% of business travel evaporates, that will HORRIBLE news for any of you working in the industry, especially the most well paid (read: pilots) because the margins will be squeezed with a larger proportion of leisure travel.