CAL recalls when???

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i know this would probably be a better post in the CAL ALPA forum, but i don't post on there, so just curious what you guys are thinking. I am hoping for 2010, planning on 2011. Any word out there?
 

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Well, CAL needs more pilots in the summer and they didn't bring them back for this summer. CAL claims to be staffed better than they have been in a while. (whatever!!)
Another bid supposedly in August...keep your fingers crossed but don't get your hopes up.

Sorry.
 

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I'm still hearing fall, although it's quieter than it's been. If they get through the summer then they can surely get through the fall. They damn sure need them back, but are simply hostages.
 

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Just my opinion...

I think August bid may have recalls for several reasons:

1-On Dec 13, 2009, the seniors start turning 62, therefore finally eligible for SS and Medicare. Some benefits many were holding out for.

2-After the recent passing of an over 60 pilot. It was realized by many that if you are active at CAL and you 'fly west' even at home, your lump sum is only paid at 50% to your spouse only, not to surviving children etc. Some of the good ones will think about their families and retire.

3-New aircraft deliveries that have higher staffing requirements.

Of course this is based on status quo of the economy, but one can't predict the future.

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Apparently this guy can...

" British Airways.....chief executive declared.. there are "absolutely no signs of recovery" in the industry.

"I'm 30 years in this business and I've never seen anything like this. This is by far the biggest crisis the industry has ever faced.."


YKW
 

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Just my opinion...

I think August bid may have recalls for several reasons:

1-On Dec 13, 2009, the seniors start turning 62, therefore finally eligible for SS and Medicare. Some benefits many were holding out for.

2-After the recent passing of an over 60 pilot. It was realized by many that if you are active at CAL and you 'fly west' even at home, your lump sum is only paid at 50% to your spouse only, not to surviving children etc. Some of the good ones will think about their families and retire.

3-New aircraft deliveries that have higher staffing requirements.

Of course this is based on status quo of the economy, but one can't predict the future.

Yogi
1) and 2) are optimistic scenarios. Plenty of those guys were just milking the 62 excuse to justify 65 support. They will stay all the way to 65 and some will still complain then. Don't forget about our illustrious Post 60 pre 2006 flight instructors who don't understand why we think it's BS they can fly a line trip.

As for 3) you would think, but since Larry put all his eggs in the 787 basket that's not a guarantee either. It all comes down to the biz plan for '10 which has been finalized yet. Europe is going to be weaker for longer then the US, so I worry that we might pull out/slash frequencies over the next year. And I don't doubt for a second that they will hesitate to park more 737-500's now that they think the Q400 is an adequate replacement.:erm:

Of course if the union would just hurry up and sign off scope for the Star Alliance JV flying I'm sure the company would recall everyone. So it's the idiots union's fault for the furloughs...:rolleyes:
 
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1) and 2) are optimistic scenarios. Plenty of those guys were just milking the 62 excuse to justify 65 support. They will stay all the way to 65 and some will still complain then. Don't forget about our illustrious Post 60 pre 2006 flight instructors who don't understand why we think it's BS they can fly a line trip.

As for 3) you would think, but since Larry put all his eggs in the 787 basket that's not a guarantee either. It all comes down to the biz plan for '10 which has been finalized yet. Europe is going to be weaker for longer then the US, so I worry that we might pull out/slash frequencies over the next year. And I don't doubt for a second that they will hesitate to park more 737-500's now that they think the Q400 is an adequate replacement.:erm:

Of course if the union would just hurry up and sign off scope for the Star Alliance JV flying I'm sure the company would recall everyone. So it's the idiots union's fault for the furloughs...:rolleyes:
Those guys didn't need to use 62 as an excuse to gain support for the rule change. A majority was against it, and it was still pushed at the national level. Pathetic in my opinion, but honestly we weren't going to keep that one from happening. The writing on the wall was already there when the Europeans allowed it.

Now, on to the purpose of this post. I think one of the above posts made some good points regarding potential retirement incentives. In addition to the points that he made, I am pretty sure that in November the interest rate change used to calculate the lump sum will reduce the payments by an average of about $100,000 per person. Now, to the guys that really are planning on flying until 65, i doubt any of this will make that much of a difference. However, every year we are adding about 200 guys to the over 60 bunch (at least for the next 6-8 years). I am certainly hoping that at least some of these guys are ready to call it quits, especially after they turn 62.

As far as aircraft deliveries go, will be interesting to see what the next earnings report has regarding fleet for 2010. I am thinking that our recall will depend more on retirements than growth in 2010.
 

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I am hearing that only about 30 guys, as of a couple of weeks ago, have put in for retirement through the end of the year so far. That is a much smaller number of retirements than expected given the above mentioned reasons possibilities.

According to my sources, since the retirees are required to give a 6 month notice (paperwork) of intent to retire to the company in order to retain the bridge medical benefits, the company believes that if there are not any more retirement notices submitted by the end of this month, there likely will not be many more thereafter.

Like some of you, I cannot imagine anyone in their right (and unselfish) mind that learned of the inabilityto have their retirement pension passed on to there families at the full amount, would not go ahead and retire based soley on this known negative impact on their families. However, I did fly with several guys before I got furloughed that didn't seem to mind taking chances with their pensions just to be able to fly to 65.

I am not trying to get off topic here but for the life of me I cannot understand that level of selfishness. But what's new right? As long as they get theirs!
 
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thanks for the info. it is my understanding that in order to lock in the current rate used to calculate the lump sum, that the paperwork has to be in by November (when the rate will change). that is what i have been told, but i don't really have a way to verify that info. if that is the case, then it wouldn't be a surprise that more paperwork hasn't already come in. who knows, it all boils down to this - neither the company nor the union provides us with any useful information at all.
 

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My friends on RES are doing double duty and getting days rolled!
If you are a line holder on the 756 or 737 in EWR don't call in sick greater than 8hrs and 30 mins, that way SCH can't double duty the RES!
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FWIW, a captain I just flew with has a neighbor in Houston who is involved with crew planning. He told me they are a little worried they will see high retirement numbers by November. I know, sounds familiar?

I know a new contract with work rules, and no PBS would bring you guys back in a heart beat.
 

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I am not trying to get off topic here but for the life of me I cannot understand that level of selfishness. But what's new right? As long as they get theirs!
The bottom line for that type, they have no life outside of flying Boeings for CAL. Sorry but that's about every level of pathetic you can achieve in life. It will be interesting in the years ahead interest rates creep up to see if these guys start to see a life beyond jets.
 

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Apparently this guy can...

" British Airways.....chief executive declared.. there are "absolutely no signs of recovery" in the industry.

"I'm 30 years in this business and I've never seen anything like this. This is by far the biggest crisis the industry has ever faced.."


YKW
I buy it. There really is no one factor suggesting any recovery is near. All the airlines do anymore is cut capacity, merge and downsize fleets, furlough and over work remaining crews. No attrition to retirement, as legacy carriers farm out more flying. The younger pilot group sees growth at their regionals but with no movement above hence no replacement of legacy senior pilots. The future will hold far less pilots period, as we bring in larger fleet types of the 70-120 seat range and reduce frequency and overlap with mergers. The ball is dark and murky. The best we can hope for is a total system revamp comprised of EMB-190 and CRJ-1000 type fleets with positions that pay $80,000 after 15 years of service.
 
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Ten to eleven days off in the 756 for July. And that's what those of us who are around the fifty percent bidding seniority are getting. We'll need more than the 147 to end this bs.
 

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thanks for the info. it is my understanding that in order to lock in the current rate used to calculate the lump sum, that the paperwork has to be in by November (when the rate will change). that is what i have been told, but i don't really have a way to verify that info. if that is the case, then it wouldn't be a surprise that more paperwork hasn't already come in. who knows, it all boils down to this - neither the company nor the union provides us with any useful information at all.
Yeah I don't know about the rate change dates, etc. and I hope that some of these factors do have an effect. But I'm pretty sure that they still have to give 6 months notice to keep their bridge medical.

How's everybody doing out there with finding work in the meantime. I only know of one guy that got a flying job out of my initial class of 16.
 

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Yeah I don't know about the rate change dates, etc. and I hope that some of these factors do have an effect. But I'm pretty sure that they still have to give 6 months notice to keep their bridge medical.

How's everybody doing out there with finding work in the meantime. I only know of one guy that got a flying job out of my initial class of 16.
i am still not working. i have had what i thought was a pretty good shot at a couple of flying jobs, but nothing has come through. regarding the notice, i was told that the rate gets locked in based on when the paperwork gets put it, not when the actual retirement happens. so, guys could throw it in end of October, and still give their 6 month notice. i wouldn't bet my life on that fact to be true, but that was what i was told. i haven't heard from any furloughees that got flying jobs. most from my class were reserve guys, so they are flying there.
 

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I buy it. There really is no one factor suggesting any recovery is near. All the airlines do anymore is cut capacity, merge and downsize fleets, furlough and over work remaining crews. No attrition to retirement, as legacy carriers farm out more flying. The younger pilot group sees growth at their regionals but with no movement above hence no replacement of legacy senior pilots. The future will hold far less pilots period, as we bring in larger fleet types of the 70-120 seat range and reduce frequency and overlap with mergers. The ball is dark and murky. The best we can hope for is a total system revamp comprised of EMB-190 and CRJ-1000 type fleets with positions that pay $80,000 after 15 years of service.
Wow, doom and gloom at its best. I agree, the industry is seeing the worst economy since the great depression, as are all of the other industries that are affected by economic cycles. Sure the airlines cut capacity when there is too much in the system.

I don't think overall that much more flying is being given out to the regionals. There will more than likely be no more scope relief anywhere unless it happens through bankruptcy - and if i were an executive and actually cared about the company i ran, i would try to avoid bankruptcy out of fear that my company would never make it out. Times are different now than they were when UAL, NWA, and DAL went in to restructure. The administration is different. I think the next big airline to declare bankruptcy will be liquidating and not restructuring. So, maybe those bigger regional airplanes will be flown under mainline seniority lists, but not by the regionals. Everyone has seen the effects of scope relief. In addition, there isn't enough room in the sky for more little airplanes. Yeah, works fine when everyone is cutting capacity, but when demand picks back up and capacity follows, I wouldn't be surprised to see more slot regulation - which will lead to bigger airplanes flying less slots.

The future will hold as many pilots as there is demand for air travel. In general, air travel demands will continue to grow, although the rate will depend on economic recovery.
 

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Plus you now have to worry about your regional carrier buying you in bankruptcy.
 

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