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Some AirTran workers bail ahead of buyout

ArcadiaMaxima

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Some employees have left AirTran Airways as the company prepares to be acquired by Dallas-based Southwest Airlines in the next few months, but AirTran chief executive Bob Fornaro said he expects Southwest to try to maintain much of AirTran’s work force.
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John Spink, jspink@ajc.com AirTran has its largest hub in Atlanta and operates reservations centers in Atlanta, Carrollton and Savannah.


Fornaro said much of the attrition has been in areas such as finance or IT, where employees can easily move to other jobs. Orlando-based AirTran has also announced that Stephen Kolski, executive vice president of corporate affairs, is retiring April 29.

“Certain jobs are going to gravitate towards Dallas because that is the headquarters,” Fornaro said. But, “I think Southwest is going to make a very good effort to accommodate most of our people.” About 6,000 of AirTran’s 8,000 employees are based in the Atlanta metro area.
Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said the company has “every intent” of offering all AirTran employees an opportunity at Southwest. Some jobs may require relocation.
AirTran is also hiring customer service workers and flight attendants this year.
The company has made an effort to retain certain employees who might be tempted to leave, setting aside $10.2 million for retention bonuses for management and administrative workers.
Fornaro gets a bonus for staying at least six months past the close of the merger. He can earn about $5.7 million from the merger, including pay, bonuses, benefits, accelerated stock awards and a two-year consulting agreement.
 

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They're gonna get fenced into the 300/500s! ;)

:edit: that was levity for those not familiar:edit:

Heh-heh... I'm just glad the -200's are gone. I remember when that Aloha flight became a convertible at FL240 and lost a F/A through the opening.
 

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They become Guadaloupe pilots and will either get stapled, preferential interviews or run as a separate airline from what's been leaked to me by some higher ups.
 

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They become Guadaloupe pilots and will either get stapled, preferential interviews or run as a separate airline from what's been leaked to me by some higher ups.
You need a hobby, or a girlfriend,,, or both.

This board doesn't need someone who comes on here *JUST* to stir the pot, adding NOTHING useful to the conversation, reposting the same thing over and over and over again.

Seriously, go fishing or find a beach down there in MIA... so much eye candy, so little time. :D
 
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They become Guadaloupe pilots and will either get stapled, preferential interviews or run as a separate airline from what's been leaked to me by some higher ups.

SWAPA does that, and it will be the biggest scope give away Part 121 flying has seen.
 

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Heh-heh... I'm just glad the -200's are gone. I remember when that Aloha flight became a convertible at FL240 and lost a F/A through the opening.

They were nice VFR airplanes. Very natural feel. The B-17 era autopilot/FD system was a lot of work to use though!

I always called them the "approximate" jet, because you were always at an approximate altitude, airspeed, power setting, point over the ground, heading etc.
 

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They were nice VFR airplanes. Very natural feel. The B-17 era autopilot/FD system was a lot of work to use though!

I always called them the "approximate" jet, because you were always at an approximate altitude, airspeed, power setting, point over the ground, heading etc.

Sounds like the DC9s we used to operate. Flying around with the PDI centered and ATC would say that you were 5 miles off the airway!
 

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Sounds like the DC9s we used to operate. Flying around with the PDI centered and ATC would say that you were 5 miles off the airway!


ATC: "where ya goin', Citrus?"

Citrus: "Atlanta".

ATC "You must be a DC9 type today, 'cause you're about five miles off course. Pick up about a 225 heading to rejoin the airway". :laugh:
 

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We used to split the difference between the PDI and RMI just to get close.

Oh the precision of it! ;-)
 

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They become Guadaloupe pilots and will either get stapled, preferential interviews or run as a separate airline from what's been leaked to me by some higher ups.


I think he's either Tanker Clown or Instructor Dude...maybe both.
 

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