AirTran Cuts.....180 pilots and 300 f/a jobs

JEP

Malko In Charge
Staff member
ATLANTA (AP) -- Discount carrier AirTran Airways is cutting 480 jobs, or more than 5% of its work force, amid difficult financial times due largely to soaring fuel prices, a company executive said Monday.

The Orlando, Fla.-based airline told employees that 180 pilot jobs and 300 flight attendant jobs will be eliminated effective Sept. 6, according to Kevin Healy, senior vice president of marketing and planning for AirTran Holdings Inc. Flights will also be reduced in September, Healy said.

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http://money.cnn.com/2008/07/07/news/companies/air_tran.ap/index.htm?cnn=yes
 

SeanD

Well-Known Member
:( Sorry to hear. Didnt they just get a 42 million dollar government flying contract?
 

SlumTodd_Millionaire

Evil Landlord Capitalist
The official notice was put on Flica yesterday. The final tally is 177 total reductions in force. Notice that I said "reduction in force" rather than furlough. Why do I make the distinction? Because the company says they are going to terminate these pilots rather than furlough them. They're using probie terminations as a bargaining chip to get concessions from us on certain items.
 

WestIndian425

Well-Known Member
The official notice was put on Flica yesterday. The final tally is 177 total reductions in force. Notice that I said "reduction in force" rather than furlough. Why do I make the distinction? Because the company says they are going to terminate these pilots rather than furlough them. They're using probie terminations as a bargaining chip to get concessions from us on certain items.
Wow!
 

thepedroid

Well-Known Member
you're kidding right? thats pretty crappy of them to put you guys in a corner like that. Aren't terminations really bad marks for pilots?
 

minitour

New Member
you're kidding right? thats pretty crappy of them to put you guys in a corner like that. Aren't terminations really bad marks for pilots?
If someone that gets canned for this takes in a LOR and can explain the situation and still gets their balls busted in an interview, it's probably not a place they'd want to work anyway. I sure as hell wouldn't.

Sorry to hear that guys. Buckle up everyone, I have a feeling there's going to be more crap like this to come.

-mini
 

thepedroid

Well-Known Member
If someone that gets canned for this takes in a LOR and can explain the situation and still gets their balls busted in an interview, it's probably not a place they'd want to work anyway. I sure as hell wouldn't.

Sorry to hear that guys. Buckle up everyone, I have a feeling there's going to be more crap like this to come.

-mini
Thats a good point but it's still really messed up that management would do that. I bet they still haven't gone back on the pay raises they took either.

Good luck PCL- I hope they don't take too much from you guys.
 

surreal1221

Well-Known Member
The official notice was put on Flica yesterday. The final tally is 177 total reductions in force. Notice that I said "reduction in force" rather than furlough. Why do I make the distinction? Because the company says they are going to terminate these pilots rather than furlough them. They're using probie terminations as a bargaining chip to get concessions from us on certain items.
Amazing. . .and my greatest fear at the other end of the C concourse breezeway is my own company using these very same tactics.

What a ####ing #### face company.
 

Derg

New Arizona, Il Duce/Warlord
Staff member
Nope. In fact, according to the mechanics union, a company VP told them that they "deserve" their bonuses and won't be giving them up.
Was that one of the ex-Southernjet managers?
 

Polar742

All the responsibility none of the authority
That was a page out of Mr. Bedfords 2001 playbook where all the crew reductions were done by firing probies. The some were fired out of senioirty order as the SAABs were parked and the EMBs kept.

The court upheld the firings.

Hope AirTran has a better go of it.
 

SlumTodd_Millionaire

Evil Landlord Capitalist
That was a page out of Mr. Bedfords 2001 playbook where all the crew reductions were done by firing probies. The some were fired out of senioirty order as the SAABs were parked and the EMBs kept.

The court upheld the firings.

Hope AirTran has a better go of it.
Our contract language is pretty decent on this, so I doubt it would hold up in court. The union is planning on filing an injunction ahead of time to try to stop them from even doing it in the first place.
 

twotwowoo

New Member
The official notice was put on Flica yesterday. The final tally is 177 total reductions in force. Notice that I said "reduction in force" rather than furlough. Why do I make the distinction? Because the company says they are going to terminate these pilots rather than furlough them. They're using probie terminations as a bargaining chip to get concessions from us on certain items.
That is LOW.
 
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