Take a moment

The US Bankruptcy Court has approved American Airlines’ exit from bankruptcy and merger with US Airways.

Employees of both organizations:  Take a moment and enjoy what this means.

On December 9th, a new airline is being fashioned from two old airlines of which both have a very old, very long history.

I truly hope it is both successful and model for both service and price.  I honestly do.  I hope that the employees of both groups will enjoy higher wages, better working conditions and feel generally more beautiful and handsome.

But a word of caution too:  Don’t screw it up with greediness.

<whispering> I’m talking about you flight attendants in case you didn’t realize.  </whispering>

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9 Responses to “Take a moment”

  1. Great news. This was necessary for the survival of both airlines. It’s going to be interesting to see how AA incorporates the significant US A320 family into its fleet.

  2. okay alex, i’m taking off the gloves and now i have to step in here. i’m a US f/a and i do not think that asking for some of what BOTH SIDES have given up to keep our carriers aloft is too much. what bothers me the most though, is APFA’s stance to break off talks with AFA. the agreement at US, while not perfect, then again, nothing is, has some really good language for us, as a UNIFIED group, to build on. the CLA that APFA signed with doug parker and all is, to put it bluntly, CONCESSIONARY, especially for the US side of the house. laura needs to break from being dougs patsy and sit down and really hash things out. i’m no fan of an in house union. never have been, never will be. the collective strengths of both APFA and AFA can set a higher standard for all carriers. put the petty behavior down, and make things right. we have an opportunity here and i would hate to see it squandered because of petty egos. alex, we f/a’s work really hard in less than perfect conditions. i do not think we are being greedy in the least.

  3. @John: I think that if anything has been learned from recent mergers, enough scale in a fleet type means you can retain that fleet type. Now, that said, doesn’t the US A320 fleet actually comprise two different engine types?

    @Aaron: Union leadership has to listen to union membership. I think that both union’s leadership appear to be spending their energy towards making a case for continuing as a leader as opposed to finding common ground and an agreement that works for the general benefit of all FAs.

    I realize that there are many competing interests. I also think that there will be some losers no matter what. But right now I think that union leadership is doing a great imitation of the US Congress and that is not good for membership.

    So, when I mention the word greedy, keep in mind that I am referring to union leadership on both sides.

    I’ve often thought that instead of one union taking over another, etc in the event of mergers, both unions should be disbanded and a new one elected to represent the interests of *all* parties. And the new union shouldn’t be allowed to be comprised of previous leadership from either side. At least for the first 4 years.

    But, hey, if people listened to me, world hunger would be solved, JFK/LGA/EWR wouldn’t be closed to new entrants and the Wright Amendment would have gone away a long, long time ago.

  4. Yes, ajax, the USA delivered A/C have CFM and the old America West A/C have V2500. To make things even more interesting, AA’s new A319s are CFM and their new A321T’s are V2500! It’s going to be interesting to see if they retrofit any of the US A/C with sharklets and try to fly transcon like with their new A321s.

  5. I thought that sharklets couldn’t be added to aircraft that didn’t come with them from the factory?

  6. Just announced the retrofit program at the end of October. Apparently they aren’t offering it for the A321 right away.

    http://www.airbus.com/newsevents/news-events-single/detail/the-sharklets-success-story-continues-with-airbus-retrofit-offer-for-a319-and-a320-jetliners/

  7. I would imagine the biggest demand for retrofit of the sharklets would be the A321 followed by the A320

  8. USA currently has orders for 20 A321s and 22 A350s. I wonder if AA will keep them. Also, they will be getting 24 A330s. I’m thinking there will be a lot of route consolidation once the operations are integrated and maybe not the need for over 900 aircraft that are currently on the books for both airlines.

  9. I think the A321s just come on board under the AA spec. I struggle to imagine them taking on both the A350s and A330s new. I also think that the A350s are somewhat superfluous against the backdrop of 787-8, 787-9, 777-200ER, 777-300ER. Let’s face it, it’s a bit harder to find scale in a widebody subtype and maintaining some harmony has very real benefits. US Airways just doesn’t have much of a widebody fleet. Actually, my guess is this:

    They keep the A330s and maybe even take on the order. The A350s will be deferred into another airplane type. Boeing will have the longhaul, widebody majority and Airbus will ultimately have the single aisle majority. And in some ways, it ought to be that way given AA’s mission.

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