Tomorrow's the 1st.
Before that happened we were so fat on pilots that I know of FO's that had to maintain currency in the Simulator. I did a pro-check a few months back with a guy that had not been called out in 75 days.
Personally I don't see a fourlough right now. For a fourlough to be cost effective it needs to be several months in duration, and with the unknowns out there like Mesa, and Delta possibly dumping another regional, I think we will keep what we have. I have heard that the 700 is short staffed, not sure if that is accurate, if that is the case then adding 10 900's will just add to that and cause atleast some transfers from the 50. Add that to the fact that the company can only fourlough 150 or so do to the no fourlough clause, and now it really doesn't make sense to unload 50 low paid FO's. Hopefully the volutary stuff will net some looking for a long absense. The guys here that are doing this for fun, like the Doctor who is an FO, and a couple of practicing lawyers will take the long LOA. Lets hope that our leadership wants to keep everybody here as long as possible, even if it means 75 hours for everybody else through the summer.
Sorry, my bad.
Tarzan, your right I haven't been around long; 12 years now seems like yesterday. Thanks for correcting me, now I feel better. I'll go back to lurker status now.
P.S. How long have you been around?