Yes, it was the general consensus that there would be furlough's in the fall. Nobody knew when, how many, or any of the details. When we lost the first four aircraft a couple months ago, furlough letters were sent out and people were planning on being forced moved. Case and point, here in Roanoke, a couple of the guy's had already broke their lease, booked the u-haul, and were dead set on moving. What was it, about a week later, the furlough's were cancelled due to a planned increase in summer flying. Although this was good news, these peticular people were screwed out of a lot of money. Now word was that the company was going to look at the situation and maybe help them out. I don't know what ever happened from there, but its just another example of our managemnt keeping us in the dark about the issues of the day. In fact just the other day I ran in to the CP in CLT. According to him, they only found out about this Delta LGA deal the Friday before the press release. Yeah right. They must really think that we just keep our heads in the sand and don't have any clue about the happening's in our industry.
I'd hate to say it, but at the rate we're going, I don't see any foreseeable future of Piedmont airlines. Our planes are breaking more often, the stockpile of replacement parts are diminishing, and our parent company's lack of understanding of the fuel efficiency of turbo prop aircraft is greater then ever.