Now that the kegs of Kool Aid are nearly beat do you honestly think the party will continue? Most DAL pilots on here seem to think so but what are most line pilots sayn?
All reports continue to be that Delta will be hiring in 2009, pretty big hiring unless the economy tanks and I'm growing food in my front yard.
In the mean time, there is talk of NWA furloughing into Delta new hire slots, but nobody actually hitting the street ... and this talk is hugely speculative.
Thanks for the posting Super. It amazes me how the rumors get started, and how quickly people pick them up as fact.
For now, NWA/DAL have a certain momentum going forward, and that should continue into the third quarter 2009. Beyond that,...who knows ?
Yup, the glass is half full ... just don't spill what you got!
RE: Updated Pilot Staffing Plan
"....to prepare for the incremental staffing required by the implementation of the Delta scheduling and staffing rules. In doing so, we are anticipating awards in both the B747-400 and A330 Captain positions. Both of these positions should experience a steady volume of awards throughout 2009, starting with the January 2009 APA, which will be published later this week.
First, I wrote that I did not expect NWA pilots to hit the street. If they come over to the MD88 it would be a heck of a pay raise from status quo, so I don't see how that bit of good news for you is "stirring the pot."No problem, i get sick of people posting random BS just trying to stir the pot.
and I wrote that no NWA pilots were expected to hit the street. But, the flying slots are on the Delta side of the house. My opinion is that some system by which NWA pilots come over before SOC will happen.One other key factor that will drive changes in pilot staffing is a planned reduction in scheduled Cargo flying anticipated to go into effect at the conclusion of the 2008 holiday flying period. This reduction is expected to generate displacements from all three 747-200 positions. The impact of these displacements will be minimized if pilots choose to bid to other aircraft types on their own. These displacements may have a small ripple effect of displacements on other fleets. Coupled with the growth in the B744 and A330 CA positions, we will do our best to minimize this ripple effect to the best of our ability through the APA process.
Narrowbody positions are likely to see some small positional movement, particularly to the A320 fleet as we attempt to balance the remaining narrowbody surpluses across all three narrowbody fleets. This will be achieved through APA awards and not through displacements. Most importantly, we have no plans to furlough any pilots."
and one glaring absence - what about the DC9 fleet?
It isn't random, nor is it BS. The multiple sources do not go anywhere near web boards. I would guess that Occam, ACL65 and FDJ2 could chime in and confirm, if they are willing to do so.
I'm kinda tired of your BS whenever you read something you don't like.
- NWA solicited (soliciting) early outs
- NWA parking 47 airplanes in 08
- Delta growing in 08 and early 09
- NWA canceled displacements at the same time Delta canceled hiring
- Delta management and ALPA just agreed to raise the MD88 flying limits, in effect to hold slots open for ....
and I wrote that no NWA pilots were expected to hit the street. But, the flying slots are on the Delta side of the house. My opinion is that some system by which NWA pilots come over before SOC will happen.
How is it that you think that NWA parks 47 airplanes in one year, yet nobody is displaced? Delta staffing rules? You mean the rules we just waived on the MD88?
What offends is not your source, but your allegations of "random rumor spreading BS." I disagree with you without resorting to name calling.
BTW my source is better than yours, but has not been published yet; awaiting a final decision on how many of the 400 NWA early outs (mostly 747-400A) are allowed to go.
NWA management will not be staffing the airline.
Most of the time, I hope that I am wrong - but I don't let that interfere with accurate reporting. When something is my opinion, I try to make it clear.
My opinion, I wish the story was different because it complicates matters that are already complicated enough and I'm likely to be displaced from status quo by the time this all shakes out. After all if a DC9 FO is quasi-displaced to an MD88, then they actually have a better job than a more senior DC9 FO. IMHO it would be better if they at least wait until the SLI and allow bidding across certificates ... and that might end up being the answer.
I heard from a guy who heard from a guy who....
Anyway, I'm in the school house now and I joked about getting a shiny new 757/767 type rating right before I get furloughed. The instructor said not to worry. Were not furloughing but were also not hiring because NWA was looking to furlough and we were going to train those guys. Source? Just an instructor who drinks beer with those on the 4th floor. Is is true? I wouldn't bet my house on it. Just wanted to add some fuel to the fire.
(happy to be done with the Md-88)