Branson offers Sully a Job!

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Virgin Air's Richard Branson to Chesley Sullenberger: Come fly for me!


U.S. Airways better keep a close eye on their heroic pilot, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. In fact, a bonus may be in order.
Virgin Air kabillionaire Richard Branson wants to steal Sully and is willing to make him an offer the talented pilot can't refuse.
“I’d like him to come fly for us,” Branson told the N.Y. Daily News LA-based reporter Leah Sydney. “We’ll make him the best-paid pilot at Virgin — we’ll give him double [the salary of] anybody else. He also can become one of the astronauts in my intergalactic spaceship company. The man can write his own ticket with me.”
Told of the offer, Sullenberger sounded interested.
“That’s amazing,” said the “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot who saved the lives of 155 people when he landed a jetliner in the icy Hudson River on Jan. 15. “I hadn’t heard that. I will be happy to entertain all the things that are coming my way.”
Sullenberger will no doubt get a heroes standing ovation with his Flight 1549 crew at today’s Super Bowl.
Branson says that Sully’s cool actions were breathtaking. "Every single thing he could have done right, he did right — from the second he made that decision not to go to that local airport, to put the plane down in the water, to the way he looked after everybody.”
Branson knows from near-death flight experiences.
“Pulling the wrong rip cord on a sky dive," he told Sydney. "Crashing into the sea five times. Landing in the Arctic in a balloon when I was meant to land in Los Angeles. I’ve been rescued numerous times by helicopters.”
Branson definitely needs Sully on his team.

Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times
 

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Good for him, but I hope Branson offers the FO something as well.

Either way, I hope he takes it. To have the opportunity to leave a disgraceful payscale under a d**chebag CEO to make a bunch of money working for Branson.

That's an easy one.
 

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Good for him, but I hope Branson offers the FO something as well.

Either way, I hope he takes it. To have the opportunity to leave a disgraceful payscale under a d**chebag CEO to make a bunch of money working for Branson.

That's an easy one.
Actually, he'd be leaving one ****************************** bag to go to work for another ****************************** bag.
 

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#1 Seniority and Double the Pay of the (now)#2 guy that's been there for years?

Pretty big FU to the people that have been keeping his planes out of the water all of these years.
 
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I really can't stand Branson...
 

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For the love of god...who the hell woudl have landed that airplane on 54th Street that day? Please tell me.... Sully is a great pilot and an example to us all...but what options did the poor guy have when he lost his engine at 5000 feet AGL?

Burn or freeze to death?

The good Lord was looking over him and his crew when the incident occured. Thank God he chose to freeze to death in the Hudson. Would anyone have chosen differently?
 

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I am not sure I would leave for Virgin America but I would definitely want to be a part of the Virgin Intergalactic Spaceship Company once that is fully tested and comes to fruition (probably delayed a few years due to the economy).

Sign me up for that!!!!!!!!
 

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Double pay, intergalactic spaceship......Anyone got a pen.... where do I sign.
 

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I would not be in to it. It just shows how we can be bought off.
 

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Are you bought off if you take a job for a new company for more money? Some people call that career progression. Not that I would expect airline pilots to understand that. For union employees, career progression is going up a number when somebody quits or dies.
 

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It is not that. Good for him. I just do not like to see people used like that. It would only be a PR stunt for Sir Richard.
I would not want to be used that way. It is just me.
 

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I am sure this would go over great with the crews at Virgin. Some new hire making more than the #1 guy. He should be pretty popular over there.
He's 58 yrs old with kids and the opportunity to make twice what a British 747 captain makes. I'm pretty sure he doesn't give a smack what other people think about him.

On that note, does anyone have a Virgin Atlantic (not Virgin American) payscale..
 

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Now if he offered double what he would have made before all of these wage concessions, that is something else to think about.
It has a lot of hidden meaning behind it.
 

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Now if he offered double what he would have made before all of these wage concessions, that is something else to think about.
It has a lot of hidden meaning behind it.
What happened to your not being bought off stance? It only lasted about three minutes as the money increased. I quess you can be bought off. Funny how powerful the mighty dollar is.:blush:
 

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No commute from the bay area to CLT and getting outta airways would be enough for any sane human being to look at

His retirement is probably pretty secure, even if he elects to never fly again for airways or the virgin.
 

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Typical billionaire, thinks he can just throw a bunch of money at someone and have his way with them.

They're all alike, all 500 of 'em.
 
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