Leader of American pilots: Don't slow down flights
If pilots are intentionally delaying flights, their union leader says, they'd better knock it off.
DALLAS - With American Airlines threatening legal action, the leader of the pilots' union is telling its members not to delay flights - if that's what they're doing.
Acting President Keith Wilson says the Allied Pilots Association has nothing to do with what American alleges is a work slowdown, causing many flights to be delayed or canceled.
If, as the company charges, pilots are dawdling by filing frivolous maintenance write-ups and flying circuitous routes, "that activity must cease immediately," Wilson said in a memo to members on Thursday night. He said the union had responded quickly this month when rumors surfaced of pilots calling in sick to protest lack of a labor deal with American.
Wilson's memo comes a day after American threatened to haul the union into court if disruptions continued. American Airlines senior vice president Denise Lynn said some pilots were conducting "an unlawful, concerted effort to damage the company."
On Thursday, American canceled 100 flights, or 5.4% of its schedule, and only 49.9% arrived on time, according to FlightStats.com. Regional carrier SkyWest Airlines was second in cancellations at 42, or 2.2% of its flights.
As of midday Friday, American had scrubbed 32 flights — three times as many as United — and only 65% were arriving on time. United's 84% on-time was the next-worst rating in a group of the biggest airlines that included Delta, US Airways, JetBlue, and Southwest and its AirTran subsidiary.
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What a contrast to the years before de-regulation in 1978. Fixed fares, uncrowded cabins, great benefits for crews and ground people. I knew an AA flight attendant who had over 10 yrs. with AA, most of it based in San Diego. She was able to go on a camera safari to Africa and a trip to the island of Rhodes, off Turkey, besides ski trips with her friends, etc. It all ended on May 25, 1979, when she was killed in the crash of AA Flight 191 n. of O'Hare, with over 275 deaths. The port engine of the DC-10 ripped off, severing all hydraulics at around 400 ft. on takeoff.
When the pilots said they weren't doing this on purpose, did they cross their fingers or just "wink" and say "ok".
It is most certainly intentional. 3 hours in DFW and 4 hours in Denver - all for "FAA Regulated parts" to be order, returned, reordered, etc. or for the pilot to "refile his flight plan" on a flight that had been held for 7 hours cancelled, and added again. I've flown AA for years and the service has never been this bad. It doesn't suddenly happen overnight.
I feel very sorry for the rest of the AA employees who work their a$$es off dealing with frustrated and angry customers. The pilots need to realize that it it is the flying public who pays their wages. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you......
Again to THUNDERBUZZARD..,you low life piece of crap....my son went to college for 6 1/2 years and loves flying.....tell him to leave the industry, because one subsidiary of USAIR treats them terrible, DON'T think so....his college loans are outrageous and he just found out about a new position with the Mainline......'
TELL ME what you DO all day BUZZARD...GOOD NAME for you......
Stick it in your hat.....calling them kids.....mechanicals problems need to be addressed and they are taking care of business....to bad your sorry A** cannot get somewhere in time. You do not know how underpaid, unappreciated, overworked and treated like dirt by some of these corporate airlines they are. Tell me to research.....JACKA**, I am a mother of a pilot and know exactly how they treat them. I have heard it all and to boot, IDIOT, I have been int he travel industry for 21 years. SO take that to the bank and you do the research.
WHAT happened in Buffalo 3 years ago with Colgan Air, READ ABOUT IT.....
The pilot's are only responding to the 'harvesting of profits' the Bain Capital advised management team at American Airlines has conducted over the last several years. $600 million GONE.
Employee groups have seen the 'harvest' go to executive bonus and perks, at the same those who voice concern are harassed , smoked out and criminalized. The pilot union is the strongest among the employee groups. If the management team is successful in smearing the workers, American Airlines would emerge from bankruptcy as one of Bain Capital's largest 'harvest' ever!
It is called a WPP ladies and gentlement. Work Perfection Plan
Yes all the "stuff" laid out by the FAA, Company, State, City, and Federal is followed to a "T".
American Airlines Employees are fighting for their lives ecomomically speaking.
Mr or Ms customer wants to get from point A to B, the employees are striving to stay alive
with one company OR ANOTHER. I would not want to be in their shoes.
These people have given up work rules that were put in place for health and other reasons
including pay cuts, where as the company American Airlines run the company into the ground
and gave management multi-million dollar benefits. How does that make sense?
Basically, they are saying fly another airline until things are sorted out.
Got a lot of time and want to play the dial for dollars with American on customer care apology
credits, go ahead, but plan on kinks in your plans.
This is the 1% in action, and the 99% are taking the heat. I know it is difficult, but try and research
what is, and has happened within the last 10 years in the airline business, its ugly.
40 years ago an airline could buy a DC-9 for 3 million dollars, now the equivlant is over 30 million.
Is it the employees falt that the customer wants $50.00 to 100.00 flights up and down the west
coast when all they are trying to do is make a living. The numbers are all wrong and unless
You are a SouthWest or Alaska type carrier you are in for a dead end, as is the case of American
in my humble opinion.
ALSO - MSN Money - Your spell check stinks, and so do you until you get it upgraded. So there !
I've been in wait for this kind of crap! I flew United to Reno Nevada from Eugene Oregon the end of July, first part of August. When purchasing a ticket on line there's a section for "Special Needs": Do you have trouble standing too long, can you walk stairs, is it difficult to walk (paraphrased). I answered yes to all special needs thinking I would be well taken care of, otherwise why would they ask those questions. Nothing but trouble at every single gate, coming or going, because no one "got the memo!"
The worse was sitting in a wheelchair on the tarmac in SF's freezing weather with wind blowing my warm-weather clad body so a ramp for my wheelchair could be connected to the plane. Passengers had already started to board and they had to stop dead in their tracks underneath the tarped tunnel, thus the flight was delayed. Long story of mistreatment and more flight delays, but you get the point. To hell with the disabled.
The middle-range employees seemed to have no concern for me except the baggage loaders who kept apologizing because there was no ramp, or whatever, and the pilots not only assisted me physically but apologized over and over again. The pilots made me feel very special.
You want to know why the delays? Check the middle worker who isn't on the ball to keep things running as they should. Needless to say, I won't be flying again.
Sleeping in Texas,go back to sleep.
What in hell does your old man have to do with this problem?.
Pilots are slowing the system down because that is what they do to get attention to the problem.
In this case they are the problem as is the airlines..
Wilbur told me years ago at Kittyhawk.
If you can not fly them fool them.
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