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Delta Air Lines To Terminate Pilots Pension Plan

Imagine working somewhere for 20 years and you're rounding the home stretch for retirement, and then you're told that there will be no pension after all.. Unbelievable  (Aug 4, 2011 | post #36)

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Delta Air Lines To Terminate Pilots Pension Plan

If I'm going to put some serious time into a company (10 years +), I need to have a certain degree of reassurance that my retirement plan (that I EARNED!) will still exist when it comes time to need it.  (Aug 4, 2011 | post #35)

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Delta Air Lines To Terminate Pilots Pension Plan

What really gets me is how oblivious and ignorant all of Delta's work groups seem to be when it comes to unionization. It really blows my mind. They must be pumping stupid gas into their ready rooms or something. In 10 years when the company decides to unilaterally slash your pay or eliminate your retirement plan then what?  (Aug 4, 2011 | post #34)

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Southwest Airlines $24...

The Southwest fleet is actually comprised of mostly new aircraft 5 years or younger.  (Jul 30, 2011 | post #2)

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Southwest: Layoffs not part of AirTran merger

On the other hand though, while Southwest isn't setting out to lay anyone off - where redundancies occur the incumbent Southwest employees will remain in the positions. Note the key word Airtran employees will be given "opportunitie s". Many may have to relocate or accept different positions altogether, and for a good number of them it won't be practical. So while there will be no formal "layoffs ", many will be forced to find new employment. I would imagine that a good number of them WILL relocate though, because frankly it's worth it.  (Jul 9, 2011 | post #5)

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Southwest: Layoffs not part of AirTran merger

The approval was granted long ago. The deal is finished... Southwest ramp are already working AirTran flights in some cities.  (Jul 9, 2011 | post #4)

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Southwest ranks best for frequent fliers

Things actually ARE pretty rosey. You can make all the claims you want but I can tell you first hand that Southwest's flights are all packed, and Southwest continues to cash in every quarter when everyone else is posting losses. I think more than anything people know Southwest as the no nonsense airline. They know they're not going to be surprised with fees and that with their high frequency flight schedules, they'll get where they're going. People appreciate that sort of stuff. The only thing that changed was that the other airlines started charging fees for everything and Southwest didn't. Southwest is still almost always cheapest when you factor back in the cost of baggage. Substantially so. So you can give credit to Delta, United, American and everyone else for Southwest's new marketing. It's called "Running a successful business 101", Chapter One, "If you sit still you die".  (May 29, 2011 | post #8)

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Southwest ranks best for frequent fliers

Yeah they've been saying that for a while.  (May 28, 2011 | post #6)

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In Japan, did all the energy put into making nuke plants ...

Not in the least. I could not be more excited about the Airtran acquisition. I will enjoy Valujet as well as their Caribbean destinations on my off time. Have fun in your life.  (Mar 25, 2011 | post #3)

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Southwest open to planes beyond Boeing

Don't be too sure about that. as it is now, Southwest already manages a variety of 737 variants and soon to be a much larger -800 type. They will soon inherit the 717 and that is essentially an MD aircraft. The idea that Southwest only operates one kind of plane isn't really true. It's not much more of a stretch that they could manage another manufacturer type. Southwest has been outspoken over the past couple years that they're no longer satisfied with the 737NG going forward, and will REQUIRE something new. Boeing has heard that message loud and clear and have committed to the 797 advancement, but there's no guarantees that Southwest will be a shoe in for a launch customer. Especially after seeing how the 787 was handled.  (Mar 24, 2011 | post #3)

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In Japan, did all the energy put into making nuke plants ...

A) Why is this in the airline forum? B) Your poll options are all stupid and you've completely omitted an option that the energy produced by the plant is greater. C) I understand that you might be under the impression that you're smart and you think this is some sort of exercise in critical thinking, but it's actually a no brainer. Nuclear plants produce a tremendous amount of energy and they were operational for years. Do you really think all of that collective energy would amount to less than the diesel fuel required to power the tractors that will doze it to the ground? D) What is your point either way? Is it your position that this plant should have never been built in the first place because they should have anticipated a monster tsunami and earthquake on a scale that has never been seen before? You should stop making polls.  (Mar 23, 2011 | post #1)

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Southwest reaches AirTran pilots deal

Actually it's not wrong. The acquired FL pilots WILL be represented by SWAPA at the time of the integration.  (Feb 28, 2011 | post #2)

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Bankrupt US Make US Citizen Pay For Flight Out of Eygpt

If it's true, I don't think it's that big of a deal. We're not a socialist country after all. I have no problem paying for good or services that I consume. Under duress or otherwise. They went to Egypt on their own accord. Should the average tax payer subsidize their return trip, many of whom will never be able to afford a trip to Egypt of their own?  (Feb 1, 2011 | post #3)

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Lipinski tells Southwest to pick up the pace

There's nothing quite like an industry outsider telling a company to "pick up the pace". I've never been a fan of Lipinski and now he's crossing the threshold of annoying. This guy has absolutely no idea what challenges and contributing factors are involved with what's been happening lately and has no idea even on a fundamental level how an airline works. To say "pick up the pace" implies that the employees are just sort of sitting around or something. It's pretty insulting to the hard working people at Southwest who've been battling through some of the most inclimate weather we've seen in a long time and come home exhausted every day after sometimes a 17 hour long day. "Pick up the pace" is your message? Really? Do you even have the slightest clue what you're talking about Mr. Lipinski? I'm pretty sure you've been the victim of a weather delay or two at MDW lately and you're doing what most laymen fliers would do if they have a public platform to speak from, you're misdirecting your frustration at the airline.  (Jan 15, 2011 | post #4)

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Lipinski tells Southwest to pick up the pace

Sounds like maybe you went to a group interview and were not selected. Southwest employees are treated very well by the company and ARE very happy employees. Southwest actually pays exceptionally well. Airport position employees with more than 10 years of service earn more than pilots at most other airlines.  (Jan 15, 2011 | post #3)