From our base Chief Pilot:
Fortunately, I'm still just under 100 away from these guys. I wish them the best. There are always opportunities up here in Alaska for these guys if they're willing to head out to the bush for a while.Furlough News
Last Monday Dec. 3rd I had the unpleasant task of notifying 15 of our ANC based First officers that they would be placed on furlough status.There are a total of 32 furloughs with effective dates of January 5th 2009. This is painful and emotional for all of us especially those getting notices but also for those of us who have worked along side these excellent Pilots since they were hired. These folks were hired at a time when very few airlines were hiring Pilots and we were able to select the very best from a very large pool. The result has been that we have recruited the very cream of the crop. Those that choose to, I have no doubt, will find other jobs. It is my hope that they choose to come back to Alaska Airlines when our economic climate improves.