Alaska offerers 80K to retire is it enough?

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Alaska offerers 80K to retire! Is it enough to get the min 25 required to mitigate more layoffs? I don't think they will get enough but What The F Do I No?
 

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Dear old timer:

Please go F your self with this $80k buy out.

Sincerely,

AS Mismanagement.
 

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How many pilots do you guys have on the street? More importantly I thought you guys were doing well? Why the furloughs? Have you guys heard any rumors about a merger with AirTran?
 

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What cracks me up is that the minimum participation is 25 and the max is 30. But they need to furlough 80.

In other words, "We at Alaska management want to furlough you."
 

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How is 80K suppossed to entice someone who makes twice that in one year to retire? It's stooopid!
 

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What cracks me up is that the minimum participation is 25 and the max is 30. But they need to furlough 80.

In other words, "We at Alaska management want to furlough you."
Actually, they need to furlough 54. But your point is very valid.
 

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Michael Derchin of FTN Equity Capital Markets has revised his earnings estimates for Q2 and full year 2009, and he now sees AMR and UAL both posting annual losses in excess of $1 billion.
Derchin said the revisions were "to reflect lower than previously expected unit revenues and higher jet fuel prices." He is now expecting jet fuel to cost about $85 a barrel, up from $75 from his previous estimates.
In a report out Tuesday morning, Derchin projects that AMR, parent of American Airlines, will lose $5.20 a share, or just under $1.5 billion. That is significantly worst that the First Call consensus of a $2.25 per-share loss, or his own $2.36 loss before revisions.
For UAL, parent of United Airlines, Derchin predicts an $8.90 per-share loss, or just under $1.3 billion. First Call consensus is sitting at $7.97.
In an interesting note, Derchin sees five of the top nine U.S. carriers losing money, but four of them making money. The five losers collectively would lose $3.85 billion, while the three winners collectively would earn $490 million.
Below is a chart with Derchin's new estimates. The calculations are based on the most recent share counts (diluted) that I could find (net income and shares in millions):
CompanyIncome per shareSharesNet incomeAMR($5.20)280 ($1,456)UAL($8.90)145 ($1,291)US Airways($3.93)132 ($518)Delta($0.39)825 ($322)Continental($2.13)124 ($264)JetBlue$0.20 275 $55 Alaska$2.94 36 $107 Southwest$0.18 740 $133 AirTran$1.41 138 $195
As a side note, the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday that airlines worldwide lost about $3.1 billion in the first quarter, including $574 million among the 22 North American carriers that it included.
"This deterioration was before the recent rise in fuel prices and was due mostly to the fall in revenues, as a sharp fall in yields added to the impact of weak travel and freight volumes," IATA noted



AS is doing fine... 2.94 per share is twice the next best number that is expected at AAI and miles in front of everyone else. Cash and assets this place looks like APPL compared to the rest of this industry. Our management culture here has always been very conservative. I would think it would bee a good time to grow and keep everyone working but that doesn't seem to be the path management is taking.
 

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I would think it would bee a good time to grow and keep everyone working but that doesn't seem to be the path management is taking.
Or at least be in a position to take advantage of other airline's cutbacks. As of 9 am this morning there were 4 (FOUR) F/Os on Reserve in SEA. And they want to furlough MORE guys?
 

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This "early out" program is worthless. There won't be any takers.
 

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Which is likely the way "they" planned it.

You never know. We thought very few would take it on the NWA side, and NONE on the DL side (no pension left). It looks like we have 150 takers on the NWA side now, and 7 on the DAL side. Crazy. It wasn't a great deal, especially with the 3 months medical offered. We may get up to 200 total NWA guys taking it in the end, which would be good. Good luck.

Bye Bye--General Lee
 

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can't you just adjust block hours to eliminate furloughs?...54 is not that many...just seems like you can save them. Maybe mgmnt knows that 8oK will get 54 capts to go....good luck
 

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can't you just adjust block hours to eliminate furloughs?...54 is not that many...just seems like you can save them. Maybe mgmnt knows that 8oK will get 54 capts to go....good luck
So far the union hasn't even moved on reducing the block hours, and the early out is only for a maximum of 30 guys.
 

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So far the union hasn't even moved on reducing the block hours, and the early out is only for a maximum of 30 guys.
And the MEC won't move on reducing block hours. They've made that abundantly clear. We furloughees got screwed on our grievance in the last contract, why would they do something now when they can fly 100 hours a month? Let them croak out somewhere over the heartland I say. It'll bring me back that much quicker.....
 

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80K annuity works out to be as good as 100K bonus in the begininng... if you want payments spread out over the rest of your life. The tax laws make the annuity more favorable if you plan on living 15 years past retirement. It ends up being worth more than the 100K buyout after only a few years but the key is a long life. Most guys that fly past 60 will have a lower life expectancy due to exposure flying with PO'd FO's. I doubt 25 guys will take it given they only have 2 weeks to make a life decision. I am glad management took their sweet time planning this one.

Questions for MGT:

Why a minimum of 25?

Why offer this plan so late?

Why is the RBBP closed so early?

Why not offer Voluntary Furloughs continuously throughout the Furlough?

MGTs plan: Offer and early out that will fail. Get the Union to cut the blocks so that a buyout and a downgrade/furlough become unnecessary. That is their goal. It is cheapest and offers the greatest flexibility to the way they want to manipulate our lives and their so-called airline.
 

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And the MEC won't move on reducing block hours. They've made that abundantly clear. We furloughees got screwed on our grievance in the last contract, why would they do something now when they can fly 100 hours a month? Let them croak out somewhere over the heartland I say. It'll bring me back that much quicker.....

Mmmmmm. Young pilots..... Breakfast of champions.

What's the average block up to now? 83 hours? I sure am glad the union did everything they could short of lifting a finger to help us from being furloughed.
 

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I would call the union at Alaska a total waste of time, but that would be an insult to flightinfo.com and light beer.
 

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Nice attitude. You do realise, YOU are the union...Dumb-asses.
 
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