COMPANY NEWS; UNITED AIRLINES WANTS TO SELL TRAINING BASE
Published: Saturday, March 27, 1993
United Airlines executives have decided the carrier should sell its flight training base in Denver but plan to conduct a monthlong study before seeking buyers, the president of the parent UAL Corporation, John Pope, said yesterday. United, like other airlines, has been searching for ways to lower costs. United put its 17 flight kitchens up for sale last month.
The airline has 25 high-tech flight simulators and two older models at the training center, where pilots learn to fly different kinds of airplanes and prepare for promotion to captain. Mr. Pope said he was confident the 430 employees at the center and the 5,800 workers connected with the flight kitchens would find jobs with the new owners
It's been for sale for a while now. Don't need it, farming out the flying to other carriers. Was there a few weeks back with my new job and it is just sad. I saw it in it's hey day, 100 pilots a month it was fun.They even took out the 8 ball across the street at the tree, forgot the name of the bar there.
I think we still have 2 training centers at the new DL. Although Natco up in MSP does a lot of Airbus stuff and DC9 stuff, planes that we don't fly at DL. Also, if we keep those bases up North, maybe it would be cheaper to fly those pilots flying those planes to MSP, rather than everyone to ATL, since Virginia Ave only has so many hotel rooms available too. (not the nicest area of town...) If you consolidate all of the aircraft to 3 or 4 types, maybe you can do it. We have more than that here at the new DL.
The training center has been "on sale" for a while now. I'm not sure why this is new information. I was told by our reps that they're looking to sell it then lease it back. Or I guess you can take the flightinfo.com spin on the story and believe that our demise is imminent, hence the sale. Pick the story you believe and of course spread the rumor of your choice.
The "TA" that UA ALPA negotiated is a "quality of life" TA that is supposed to cover stuff like fatigue mitigation and I assume reinstatement of an improved trip trading system (we pulled our trip trading agreement with the company last June because it heavily favored the company). It's not a TA for our contract that becomes ammendable in DEC '09. Few pilots could actually trade trips before we pulled the agreement, so I guess they came up with something and perhaps some better scheduling stuff. We'll see.