Scoop on AirTran?

Big Iron

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I've secured an interview next week and was looking for any updates that might be floating around out there. Done the all searches here on the forum so I'm good there, but I was not able to attend the job fair in Atlanta. Welcome any suggestions for success, pretty sure my ducks are aligned. Word from HR, interviews 21 Nov and every Thursday in Dec.
AirTran guys.....how long is the wait for a training class after Klaus calls and typically how long are folks waiting for that call?

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180ToTheMarker

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I think the call is any where from 4 days to 2 weeks after the interview. There were guys in my class that interviewed before I did yet got the call after me. Go figure. I think the next class is the 28th of Nov.

Good luck.
 

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Big Iron, sounds like you've done your homework. Relax, keep a CRM and Captain mindset and you'll be fine.
Congratulations and good luck!
 

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And try not to say secure too often!

FJ

ps: Thanks for your service and best of luck in the interview.






















And that was tongue in cheek in case anybody didn't get it.
 

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When Klaus does call, be sure you are ready for interview type questions (i.e- why do you want to be here? and Why did you leave X airlines for your present job?). I have a buddy whose friend lost the job on that phone call. No reason to "ping" but it probably would be a good idea not drink too much while waiting for the phone call.

I think that with some people getting hired here and then leaving for Fedex and UPS, Klaus really wants to make sure you're going to stay.

Good Luck.
 

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AFcitrus said:
No reason to "ping" but it probably would be a good idea not drink too much while waiting for the phone call.

Good Luck.
Isn't that why God invented caller ID? That and to hide out from Scheduling . . . . heh-heh.
 
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commuterpuke

AFcitrus said:
When Klaus does call, be sure you are ready for interview type questions (i.e- why do you want to be here? and Why did you leave X airlines for your present job?). I have a buddy whose friend lost the job on that phone call. No reason to "ping" but it probably would be a good idea not drink too much while waiting for the phone call.

I think that with some people getting hired here and then leaving for Fedex and UPS, Klaus really wants to make sure you're going to stay.

Good Luck.


Why would ANYONE leave airtran for FedEx or UPS? You'd get the impression on this board that airtran is the place to be.
 

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At the interview, be sure to be up on Airtran history. Do not bring up that it started with a bunch of EAL scabs (now that ALPA welcomes them) and certainly do not bring up Valujet.

I would talk about how Joe Leonard was a visionary when it comes to reducing maintenence cost while he was at American Airlines in the late 70's. Skipping the extra step of removing the engine and then the pylon really saved money. Of Course, while the Dc-10 was 300 feet in the air with 290 plus people about to die, I think they wish he wasn't such a pri"ck. Isn't a short memory a great thing.

Say hello to forklift Joe for me. And yes, I do have a direct tie to AA flt 191.
 

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commuterpuke said:
Why would ANYONE leave airtran for FedEx or UPS? You'd get the impression on this board that airtran is the place to be.
Puh-lease. Is that the best flame you've got?

AirTran is a decent place to work. As a Captain in my fourth year with a pretty easy on-line commute, I enjoy the hell out of it.

If I were a newhire, though, who was fielding offers from Fedex, UPS and SWA, I would have to give very strong considerations to those carriers. One of the deciding factors for me would have to be the commute, if any, and the upgrade time. For me, AirTran is working just fine, thank you.

Best of luck to all . . . .
 

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Not sure if Joe was the one that thought it was a good idea to save on the flap/slat actuator by only extending them when the pilots thought it may save their lives or the passengers they were carrying.
 

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I'm not sure about Big Joe...but I did learn something about AirTran today.

My carrier's flights were weight restricted....no XCMs.

Delta was full.

Midwest wasn't too interested.

So, I thought I'd try AT. What a surprise. The gate agent was actually very nice and accomodating.......a 180 from my carrier. She gave me a boarding pass right away...and was friendly about it. I was in a mild state of shock.

The flight crew seemed happy to be at work.

The F/As were very nice also. The XM radio topped it off.

I had never ridden on AT before.....and didn't know what to expect. Their product, service and employees are TOP NOTCH.

Thanks AT guys and gals for the ride.....and keep up the good work.

320AV8R
 

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nwaredtail said:
At the interview, be sure to be up on Airtran history. Do not bring up that it started with a bunch of EAL scabs (now that ALPA welcomes them) and certainly do not bring up Valujet.

I would talk about how Joe Leonard was a visionary when it comes to reducing maintenence cost while he was at American Airlines in the late 70's. Skipping the extra step of removing the engine and then the pylon really saved money. Of Course, while the Dc-10 was 300 feet in the air with 290 plus people about to die, I think they wish he wasn't such a pri"ck. Isn't a short memory a great thing.

Say hello to forklift Joe for me. And yes, I do have a direct tie to AA flt 191.
NWA
Are you still upset with FORD over the pinto? how about setting the time machine to come back. I'm sure if it was'nt for the grooming standards you would wear that mullet, because you think it looks soo cool.
 

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Fletch--If you knew someone on that flight, I think you'd hold a grudge too. A pretty shoddy operation caused those deaths and no one went to jail. JMO.TC
 

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Why do people blame Joe L. for the ORD accident? Blame should fall on the shift change and bleed down of hydraulic pressure on the forklift. Get the facts straight.

RV
 

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Well.... wasnt it Continental who dreamed up the engine and pylon combination change ?

I guess the AA engineering department thought it was a good idea.... wrong. Mx decided not to use dynos at AA? Very sad and a lesson for all.

But... Those who live in glass houses... shouldnt throw stones....

It seems to me RedTail... I remember a certain 747 that was taking off in DTW into a Level 4.... Completely trashed the aircraft. It looked like an group of teamsters beat the living crap out of the entire bird.... shattered the windows, radome gone, bullets flattened...... amazing it made it back to the airport. Says alot for the 747 ....

Oh yeah... how bout that DC10 that just a bout ran out of gas, a few years back.... Known fuel procedure revised...

Oh yeah... heard a bout that little taxi problem in DTW.... 727 and a DC9

And then there was that Airbus in LGA... Oh... that was MX...

How bout that A320 in Vegas.... rolled away from its chocks... big damage.

How bout that A320 in DTW ... I think it was a tail strike due to ... well not sure just heard rumors.. Stab trim not set correctly.?..

RedTail.... Please be professional ..... shut your mouth dude. And we wont even bring up the other little MD 80 problems that occured in DTW.

It seems to me we should be looking 'always' to improve our safety record. This is what is most important to all of us. I can tell you we take it very serious at AirTran. We want our crew and passengers safe, comfortable, and happy. RedTail ... your comments are damaging to the profession and all pilots. Respectfully and Sincerly MNBOY
 

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Get back on track

It's pretty amazing how these threads just take a tangent; it's obvious there's lots of folks with issues out there. I can certaintly understand that but I'd really like to get back to the original inquiry of AirTran today, not necessarily drudge up bad feelings for Value Jet or Joe L. I may not be totally aware of the source of these but I'd like to think we've turned the page. Anyways, thanks for the feedback so far and would welcome any other info everyone out there can offer.

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Redtail . . . as in baboon:

Welcome to the new Millenium, 5 years late.

The Earth has cooled, the dinosaurs came and went, and a new airline has come into being.

It has an enviable safety record, decent on-time performance, the newest all-Boeing fleet in the world, and delivers decent service, low prices, and makes a small, but reasonable profit.

That airline is called AirTran Airways, if you haven't guessed by now.

Yet you refuse to accept the above, and insist on living in the days when Valujet plyed the skies in aging DC9 aircraft. And, as we all know, a cargo fire caused Valujet Flight 592 to crash in the Florida everglades, as was repeatedly shown ad infitum on CNN for several years thereafter.

That was, however, 9 years ago . . . and a different company has emerged. The last Valujet airplane has been gone for several years. The management of this airline is not Valujet. The planes are not Valujet, and the vast majority of the employees were hired after the merger . . . in fact, well over half of us have been hired since 9/11.

If you want to keep living in the past, perhaps you should cart your stupid ass over to the history channel website and everyone will be happier.
 

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twepilot said:
Why do people blame Joe L. for the ORD accident? Blame should fall on the shift change and bleed down of hydraulic pressure on the forklift. Get the facts straight.

RV
The facts, TWEpilot, are that Joe L. signed off on a non-approved shortcut to an engine change, which made him personally responsible. Along with all the other people that followed his instructions. Bleed down of hydraulic pressure may have been a contributing cause, but not the main one. This is all old hat and well known in the industry, and came out in the accident report.
 

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Big Iron.... Sorry for the rant. I was at recurrent bout a month back. Lots of blue suits standing around. Glad your ducks are in order.... You'll do fine.

I'm pretty sure they just want regular fellas that are down for flying at AirTran. It helps to have an internal rec. obviously. Be yourself and have fun. Be sincere. We just want folks that are gonna work hard, fly safe, and not bitch every leg of a four day trip. Relax, smile, and tell Steph you think she's hot.

What a bummer to fly with a fella like RedTail... Thank goodness we dont have many like that at AirTran.

It is a good place to work and getting better every week. Now... If we can just get this gate agent thing fixed in ATL.... a few are great.. the rest.. are in training.....

Good Luck with your interview BigIron.... see ya on the line after training.. You'll grit your teeth in training.. bear with it. Just keep smiling... have a cold one when training gets ya down....

We have a good mix of pilots... Military, Civilian, Freight, Ex Legacy, Commuter, Boys, Girls, Men, Women, Big one, small ones..... LOL...

Keepin it real in the ATL...
 

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AAdriver and others, This was a thread about an interview that got hijacked. if you want to bash AirTran, just start your own thread. How would you respond if I suggested to someone with an interview at AA that they could get hired if they tell the interview board that they already know the correct wake turbulence recovery proceedure? If you want to defend nwa redidiot you need to get out of the glass house.
 
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