Ahem. 9rj9?Why not beat up on SWA, JETblue, and Airtran. They seem to be the ones that fly heavy iron for substandard pay and benefits.
More likely someone didn't like how you said it. FWIW, I had nothing to do with that.Looks like someone didn't like what I originally said.
Delta and SWA (/JBLU) have fundamentally different business models. Delta has a huge network reaching from small fields to major international cities. SWA is highly optimized for domestic point to point routes. Salaries are a part of SWA's advantage, but the difference isn't that much, just a percentage of a percentage of operating costs. The main advantages are productivity and brutal focus on a narrowly defined mission. Delta pilots could fly for free and not cut costs low enough to compete on the same level. Conversely, raising SWA pay to Delta levels would only lower profits at those carriers, not improve your product or your internal infighting, so to suggest that low rates at SWA are the source of all your ills is just smoke. It's nothing more than setting up a straw man to deflect attention from where it needs to be: getting your own house in order.Anywho, how can SWA offer 299 walk up fares ? How can Delta compete with that. You don't think the substandard pay has SOMETHING to do with it.
Who could blame you? Hey, I flew for one of the US Airways wholly-owneds, and I know exactly how you feel. There's nothing positive about the current situation. There's little leadership at a national level on this issue, and the MEC's run their own shows as they see fit. There's precious little unity within the union.My problem is the regional pilots are be blamed for everything thats wrong with the industry. You want me to quit ? There are 1000's that are willing to take my place. You want me to let mainline guys fly beside me making 5x the money? No thanks.
AH-HAAA!!! I knew there was more to the low cost carriers success stories! Most people don't realize that a big part of the low cost carriers advantage lies in their effiecient cost structure by operating fleets of same aircraft type and fying niche markets rather than just matching other carriers at a loss to gain market share. Lower than "standard" pilot pay may play a small part in their success but then what is "standard"?Delta pilots could fly for free and not cut costs low enough to compete on the same level.
Umm ... If the company doesn't make any money what good is the contract ?Umm...in their contracts?