|Quoting flyDTW1992 (Reply 15):|
That's a terrible thing to say about a company with thousands of great employees that happen to be under the leadership of a rather unfortunate corporate executive team. Training, safety, maintenance, and flight operations at RAH are second to none in the regional industry, and there are great people who run the airline day-to-day. Yes, the pilot contract and labor issues are highly unfortunate and senior are certainly not doing what needs to be done, that doesn't mean you can bad mouth the thousands of professionals that work hard at that company every day.
Nobody is saying anything bad about the workforce that makes RAH get off the ground everyday. I know lots of RAH workers, and yes, they are excellent. The men and women of this airline are great, but the leadership of this airline is a different story.
Look, RAH and most of the regional airlines have to do something about the future. The pilot shortage will only get worse, if the regional airlines don't invest $ into this problem. In order to attract candidates, regional airlines need to consider the pay. Not just for pilots, but for all positions. People that work will always keep their eyes open for better paying jobs. The regional airlines offer the benefit to build time and are a step in the direction to fly for the big boys. But, at the same time, they need to consider offering pay that can retain a percentage of its workers. If it means cutting executive salaries to invest in the workers pay, then so be it. However, how many of the top brass would be willing to give up some pay?
The regioal airline business has rapidly changed, and not for the better. Eventually, I think we will see airlines doing this themselves, and doing away with contracting out to airlines like RAH and Skywest. Especially if attracting talent becomes a bigger issue, which appears to be happening.
I worked for Skywest back in 1995. It was a great outfit, and I loved it there. If they paid more, I would still be there. I have also worked for RAH in 2010. There is no comparing the 2. Skywest was much better to work for, and that was a difference of 15 years. RAH seemed to be disorganized, and wishy washy in terms of employment security. I wish the pilots at RAH the best. I also hope all regional airline workers see more money on their paychecks eventually.