American Airlines to hire 1,500 fligh...

American Airlines to hire 1,500 flight attendants

There are 23 comments on the The Macon Telegraph story from Oct 18, 2012, titled American Airlines to hire 1,500 flight attendants. In it, The Macon Telegraph reports that:

The hiring plan is in stark contrast to the Fort Worth-based airline's months-long effort to cut costs as it restructures in Bankruptcy Court.

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Politically motivated

United States

#1 Oct 18, 2012
What is not being said is American wants to hire but UNLESS they get the political approval of a bankrutpcy extension for reorganization, it won't be happening.

People American is going to have to merge with someone... These jobe are very uncertain until bankruptcy is complete and we see who is in control of AMR in a merger. JOB GAMBLE at best.

Since: May 08

Santee CA

#2 Oct 18, 2012
Something else you may want to consider. Like the pilot no longer throws a scarf over his shoulder then jumps in the plane and actually flys it. The smiling Flight Attendant no longers serves tea and hot meals to well dressed good mannered people. The glamour is gone from aviation. Before you apply for that job go to an airport. Talk to some flight attendants. See if they encourage you to apply. Why do you suppose so many jumped ship?
AA MGT

Norcross, GA

#5 Oct 20, 2012
It's a great career!

Since: May 08

Santee CA

#7 Oct 20, 2012
AA MGT wrote:
It's a great career!
If you find the right company to work for.
Stanislav Smirnov

Dallas, TX

#8 Oct 20, 2012
AA MGT wrote:
It's a great career!
Like any job it's your attitude.

Since: May 08

Santee CA

#9 Oct 20, 2012
Stanislav Smirnov wrote:
<quoted text>Like any job it's your attitude.
When you first got hired of course you were happy and loved the job. If not why did you take it. If today you hate going to work, the question is what changed that mindset?. Coworker issues? Management indifference to your issues? Family trouble making your work seem worse than it is? Why did so many FA's bail?
Betsy

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#10 Oct 20, 2012
Stanislav Smirnov wrote:
<quoted text>Like any job it's your attitude.
Smirnov,

Take your attitude and some place else. Please
Betsy

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#11 Oct 20, 2012
AA MGT wrote:
It's a great career!
We all know you are not AA management...go drink your koolaid some where else. Dubai is nice

Since: May 08

Santee CA

#13 Oct 20, 2012
Betsy wrote:
<quoted text>
We all know you are not AA management...go drink your koolaid some where else. Dubai is nice
I've known that for a long time, but it's fun to watch the pot get stirred. Without dating yourself we all know the best Kool-Aid is in Guyana... google it
Jim

Kamuela, HI

#14 Oct 21, 2012
Prost wrote:
Something else you may want to consider. Like the pilot no longer throws a scarf over his shoulder then jumps in the plane and actually flys it. The smiling Flight Attendant no longers serves tea and hot meals to well dressed good mannered people. The glamour is gone from aviation. Before you apply for that job go to an airport. Talk to some flight attendants. See if they encourage you to apply. Why do you suppose so many jumped ship?
Actually, we do fly the plane. I usually don't put the autopilot on until cruise. Sully Sullenberg didn't use the autopilot either.

Aa could definitely use younger ,fresh flight attendants as well. The job should never have become a career. It should have been a stepping stone to better things! Stay in school!
Betsy

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#16 Oct 21, 2012
cheers to that,
doofy

Marietta, GA

#17 Oct 21, 2012
I am happy for the new employees. Now they can start living the American dream!

Since: May 08

Santee CA

#18 Oct 22, 2012
doofy wrote:
I am happy for the new employees. Now they can start living the American dream!
I normally write "sarcasm" after a post like this one so people don't think I was serious...
Company loyalty

United States

#19 Oct 22, 2012
Why is AMR hiring off the street? It makes no sense as they can completely source this hiring internally from plucking and integrating many of the fine Employees as American Eagle (MQ) to American.

OFF the street hiring in bankruptcy makes NO sense at a premium bankrupt carrier like AMR while hiring off the street does at bit at Eagle which is being shut down and spun off anyway.

Since: May 08

Santee CA

#20 Oct 22, 2012
Company loyalty wrote:
Why is AMR hiring off the street? It makes no sense as they can completely source this hiring internally from plucking and integrating many of the fine Employees as American Eagle (MQ) to American.
OFF the street hiring in bankruptcy makes NO sense at a premium bankrupt carrier like AMR while hiring off the street does at bit at Eagle which is being shut down and spun off anyway.
There is a remote chance that people being laid off or downgraded would rather go flip burgers than raise another finger (Except that one) for AA. Good luck new hires. Enjoy the excitement, and take internet classes in something at the layover hotel. If AA has a merger you will be laid off faster than you know. Here is a hint that may hold true for many other companies. When you have a question about something, they want to know your employee number, They don't care what your name is...(Don't worry you won't be just a number to them..... sarcasm)

Since: May 08

Santee CA

#21 Oct 22, 2012
Jim wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, we do fly the plane. I usually don't put the autopilot on until cruise. Sully Sullenberg didn't use the autopilot either.
Aa could definitely use younger ,fresh flight attendants as well. The job should never have become a career. It should have been a stepping stone to better things! Stay in school!
What about the auto land? Sully didn't have time for the autopilot, and I wish every pilot would stop refering to him when trying to increase thier own value. There are alot of people who are very lucky he was an experienced glider pilot and conditions were ideal. For safety sake put 100 pilots in a simulator. One shot, no warning no practice, similar stiuation.(no stress in the simulator either since you know it's not real). I am willing to bet there is a 75% failure rate .A plane flipping down the river. I'm not saying pilots don't do a great job. If they didn't we'd lose a plane a week. Nobody knows your real skill until it's needed. I'm just saying technology has made the job very easy compared to the image potrayed. That's why I wrote throw a scarf over your sholder. The only pilots with scarves now are FO's in ORD and NYC where it's cold on that walk around
Betsy

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#22 Oct 22, 2012
HMMM, lets see. The pilots dont actually fly the planes. And technology has made the job very easy.

Well then.....that is certainly quite interesting.

Jim

Glendale, CA

#23 Oct 22, 2012
Prost wrote:
<quoted text>What about the auto land? Sully didn't have time for the autopilot, and I wish every pilot would stop refering to him when trying to increase thier own value. There are alot of people who are very lucky he was an experienced glider pilot and conditions were ideal. For safety sake put 100 pilots in a simulator. One shot, no warning no practice, similar stiuation.(no stress in the simulator either since you know it's not real). I am willing to bet there is a 75% failure rate .A plane flipping down the river. I'm not saying pilots don't do a great job. If they didn't we'd lose a plane a week. Nobody knows your real skill until it's needed. I'm just saying technology has made the job very easy compared to the image potrayed. That's why I wrote throw a scarf over your sholder. The only pilots with scarves now are FO's in ORD and NYC where it's cold on that walk around
Sully is just one example of hundreds. Before a pilot even gets a job at a major airline they have already had a career in aviation. Most all pilots I have known have dealt with extreme situations that could have caused serious injuries or death had they not handled the emergency in the manner in which they did.
You may not be aware that we train for all sorts of failures in the simulator. Including dual engine failures. Flight control malfunctions, extreme weather and microburst recovery etc. Pilots also have to prove their skills every six months / 9 months to the same ATP standards as the day they received it. Not even doctors / lawyers have to do this.

So if you really believe that 75% failure rate,consider traveling by train. Better yet, take some flying lessons so you are more informed.

P.S. Auto landings are not too common (1 in a 100 maybe) and are hardly "auto" . When they are accomplished require the pilot to properly program and monitor the performance of auto systems. It's not just pushing a magic button. If its not done in a certain order. It won't work. It takes special training and certification as well to legally attempt them.

Since: May 08

Santee CA

#24 Oct 22, 2012
Betsy wrote:
HMMM, lets see. The pilots dont actually fly the planes. And technology has made the job very easy.
Well then.....that is certainly quite interesting.
Think about from the 707 days to today. Whose job has changed more. You still have a FA pushing carts full of drinks up and down aisles. However, they don't serve meals in Y anymore domestically for the most part. I unfortunatly lack the time to mention all of the technology advancements that have made the cockpit a safer less demanding place to work. I would like to listen to any senior pilot tell me is job is as demanding as it once was. I was a C-130 mechanic in the Air Force. I have watched planes fly themselves from point A to point B and worked on the systems that make it happen. Charles Lindbergh looked out a window, used a sextant and a compass. I am done debating this issue
Betsy

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#25 Oct 22, 2012
Prost wrote:
<quoted text>Think about from the 707 days to today. Whose job has changed more. You still have a FA pushing carts full of drinks up and down aisles. However, they don't serve meals in Y anymore domestically for the most part. I unfortunatly lack the time to mention all of the technology advancements that have made the cockpit a safer less demanding place to work. I would like to listen to any senior pilot tell me is job is as demanding as it once was. I was a C-130 mechanic in the Air Force. I have watched planes fly themselves from point A to point B and worked on the systems that make it happen. Charles Lindbergh looked out a window, used a sextant and a compass. I am done debating this issue
Good idea, take your ball and go home

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