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FEDEX-maybe not the place to go anymore?

siucavflight

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FCIF 08-0744 (Admin)

December 31, 2008

By now, most of you are aware that the Company is taking significant action on a broad basis in response to the deteriorating economic conditions we face. In this environment it is critical that we find the most efficient means of servicing our customers. Doing so entails an analysis of our route structure, fleet requirements and staffing assumptions. The purpose of this communication is to advise you where I believe we are right now, and where I think we are headed.
We are in a significantly overmanned state that cannot be sustained any longer. Although we have worked very hard to find and justify additional flying in order to offset our over-manned situation, it is now clear that those efforts will be overshadowed by macro-economic conditions. Airline Scheduling has dramatically reduced the flight schedule to more correctly match the airplane capacity with market demand. This reduction in flying contributes additional surplus pilots to our already excess flight crewmember staffing and will more than offset any additional flying we may be able to generate. To be a little more specific, the following is a list of factors that are required and/or contribute to this situation:

Reduced flight hours associated with route reductions and consolidation
Early retirement of DC10 aircraft.
Parking of A310 aircraft due to excess fleet capacity
Replacement of B727 aircraft with B757
Slower introduction of 777 airplanes into the system, 4 to 5 per year through 2012
Age 60 retirement change (Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act)
With these business realities in view, earlier today, we advised ALPA of our intention to reduce the Minimum Bid Period Guarantee to the minimums set forth in Section 4.A.2.b. of the contract (48 CH in a four week bid period and 60 CH in a five week bid period). This is effective beginning with the February, 2009 bid period. In February, we expect average BLG's to be well above those minimums. Conditions are very fluid and we will be constantly reevaluating the situation. As we have consistently done in the past, we will mitigate crew position staffing concerns to the extent practicable with BLG management. Contract provisions described in Section 25.D. continue to apply to line construction and we will make every effort to balance line values where possible.
An excess posting on most aircraft types is targeted for the February/March 2009 timeframe due to the factors mentioned above and especially the large number of aircraft scheduled for storage. This will create further downward pressure on junior pilots in crew positions where the over-manning situation is most acute.
Section 23, Furlough, remains a possibility depending upon the severity of the continued economic downturn. Current projections indicate that revenue operations require fewer than 4,000 active pilots for the next several years. Considering the slowing rate of attrition, this condition translates to surplus pilots even with reduced BLG's (the surplus is over 700 if one assumes historically normal BLG's). Retirement forecasts indicate no more than 35 to 50 pilots per year will retire for the next three years. After 2012, retirement rates are expected to return to rates of 150 to 200 per year through 2017, as were anticipated prior to the regulated age change.
The economic crisis will have a long lasting impact on FedEx - an impact that will be felt years after the economy rebounds. This is particularly true at FedEx Express because we offer the premium priced services in the FedEx portfolio. Customers who have switched to lower priced services are not likely to switch back even in better times. Also, many customers are downsizing in ways that will reduce the number of packages they ship with us well into the future. In fact, some of our current customers may no longer be in business by the time the economy rebounds. These realities dictate that FedEx take measures to permanently balance our cost with expected volume and revenue levels for the extended future.
No-one likes to be the bearer of bad tidings. I feel strongly, however, that I owe it to you to be candid about the challenges our management team sees ahead of us. These changes and realignments are not easy for anyone concerned, however, the need to make adjustments, carefully realigning schedules and aircraft lift to load requirements to contain costs and manage the airline realistically, is paramount. By implementing these measures, we aim to secure the future of our operation and our collective futures. Regardless of your status and position on the seniority list, it is imperative that we all stay focused and continue to operate safely and reliably despite all of the external pressures we are facing.
Thank you for your time, dedication and continued professionalism,

Captain Paul E. Cassel
Vice President, Flight Operations
FedEx Express
 

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No place is the place to go when it's about to shrink.

They just got hit harder by age 65 than any other part of the industry. 60-65 year olds sitting sideways on the 727 or DC-10 could come back to the left seat.

In addition to that they have been turning three pilot airplanes into two pilot airplanes for a while, in the form of DC-10 to MD-10 and the 757 is the future of the 727.
 

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Once again, this is the "here and now." Fed Ex will rebound, and rebound BIG. They are just going through the toughest part of this business. We are in arguably the toughest economic situation the aviation biz has ever faced. Of course they're going to have to restructure things to keep their business going. If you have a betting pool on who's gonna be around in 20 years? My $$ would be on Fed Ex. But that's just me.

Trojan
 

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I'll bet FedEx is around in 20 years, but their airplanes won't be flown by real humans.
 

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I'll bet FedEx is around in 20 years, but their airplanes won't be flown by real humans.
Are you suggesting that aliens will take over?
 

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Considering the FedEx MEC is firm in its support of shared sacrifice (via reduced block line guarantee) to prevent furloughs unlike most every other airline out there...I'd say yeah, its still one of "the places" to go.
 

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Yeah, perhaps of the Mexican veriety! ;)

The Home Depot parking lot would host two-a-days. Full at 6am and full at 6pm. Shift (A) entails lawn mowing and roofing detail, and shift (B) would be to fly heavies full of cargo. Each job pays $4/hr.
 

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Considering the FedEx MEC is firm in its support of shared sacrifice (via reduced block line guarantee) to prevent furloughs unlike most every other airline out there...I'd say yeah, its still one of "the places" to go.


What if you are senior there and just want your full pay? Junior people knew the risk they took coming on there (even at FedEx).
 

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What if you are senior there and just want your full pay? Junior people knew the risk they took coming on there (even at FedEx).


Then the senior folks should have changed the CBA that was recently voted upon....

After the age 60+ folks wetn back to the left seat, if they start calling for junior pilots to take a 100% pay cut, there might be a revolt....
 

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What if you are senior there and just want your full pay? Junior people knew the risk they took coming on there (even at FedEx).

What if you were junior there and wanted your seniority advancement back? The Farves knew about mandatory Age 60 retirement when they were hired there.
 

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What if you were junior there and wanted your seniority advancement back? The Farves knew about mandatory Age 60 retirement when they were hired there.


Nobody's entitled to a set rate of seniority advancement. The "Farves" are just following the law.
 

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The answer is that you're f-ed.

Amen to that. Don't tell USCTrojan, though, he's a glass-half-full kinda guy, unlike me, I'm more of a glass-on-the-floor-in-a-million-pieces kind of guy.
 

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So pretty much it said everything would be a lot better from a furlough standpoint if pilots weren't staying on till 65.

They should call it the "Fair treatment of greedy pilots" instead.
 
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