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b11fedex
02-20-2010, 08:17 AM
FYI... Not sure of any details but heard from crew in Mainz that had just talked to Manfred, that he did not get the Cologne G/T contract...:(


MD11HOG
02-20-2010, 08:26 AM
Yea, years of great service don't account for much when negotiating with the company.

MaydayMark
02-20-2010, 08:33 AM
I'm really sorry to hear that. He's taken REALLY good care of us for many years. He was one of the few that DESERVED to get that contract but we all know that FDX is a "cheapest bidder" consumer!*? :eek:


FLMD11CAPT
02-20-2010, 08:50 AM
Well..........we........if we can get our collective $hit together can fix this. Just file a GT deficiency report every time (there is always somthing) and at the end reference how this never happens w/Manfred. :cool: The GT folks have tried to oust him before. The great hue and cry from us prevented that.

av8npnut
02-20-2010, 07:26 PM
That really bums me. I have been to most of our layover cities. Manfred & Benjamin are the best, bar none. It is not even close. Does anyone who we can contact to voice displeasure with Manfred's ouster?

OffRoad5150
02-20-2010, 08:08 PM
Well..........we........if we can get our collective $hit together can fix this. Just file a GT deficiency report every time (there is always somthing) and at the end reference how this never happens w/Manfred. :cool:

I like the way you think!

b11fedex
02-20-2010, 11:59 PM
Talked with Manfred this morning enroute to FRA... Apparently he was in a catch 22 situation, where he need airport access authorization to get the contract and he needed a contract toget the authorization... Sounds like he got screwed politically by the Cologne airport authority (where the contract winner has a large prescence) and very little consideration from FEDEX G/T folks or whoever manages that contract...

md11retiree
02-21-2010, 04:37 AM
Talked with Manfred this morning enroute to FRA... Apparently he was in a catch 22 situation

I think FedEx has more than enough oom-pah in Germany to swing the technical paperwork to Manfred's corner. We lost a grear driver in San Juan years ago- Ricky- because of higher insurance liability requirements. He never missed a pickup and would make any stops to/from the hotel as requested. I certainly hope Manfred will press this issue and get the contract. He's the best!

boost
02-22-2010, 08:10 AM
It would be a tragedy not to have him provide the service in Cologne as well. (especially since it is probably our next base!?)

He is the best in the system period. It is always the same, every year, some new lady in corporate reviews the contract and tries to find a cheaper one without regard to pilot reports. We end up suffering when the new service stinks, or when the new company suddenly doesn't like picking us up at 2AM. Manfred is a class act, I have never waited for him once, plus he is one of the few drivers that is easily accessible by email or phone.

We really need to do what what we can to help him out on this.

machz990
06-02-2010, 10:02 AM
Spoke with Benjamin last night on the way to the hotel. After years of exceptional service to FedEx aircrews, Manfred was notified by a simple email about the changes to his contract. Manfred and Benjamin have provided the best transportation service in the entire system, bar none. To simply get an email after that many years of dedicated exceptional service is a disgrace.

I have been to CGN many times. The driver is different every time and there is no continuity such as we have with Manfred and Benjamin. The CGN contract is up for renewal next March. Also Lufthansa Cargo is legally contesting the FRA curfew issue so that may be resolved in the future. Some variables still in play but as of right now, 95% of Manfred's FedEx business will go away at the end of June.

Knots2you
06-02-2010, 10:27 AM
It would be a tragedy not to have him provide the service in Cologne as well. (especially since it is probably our next base!?)

He is the best in the system period. It is always the same, every year, some new lady in corporate reviews the contract and tries to find a cheaper one without regard to pilot reports. We end up suffering when the new service stinks, or when the new company suddenly doesn't like picking us up at 2AM. Manfred is a class act, I have never waited for him once, plus he is one of the few drivers that is easily accessible by email or phone.

We really need to do what what we can to help him out on this.

Yeah, just want you want, after flying half a day from CAN to CGN, is to have to wait for your ride to the hotel. As stated, when the inevitable delays occur, write them up, often, or even take a taxi and send the bill to the company, instead of standing out there waiting for your ride. 5 minute rule applies.

Precontact
06-02-2010, 10:42 AM
So who did you get? We use Helga (AutoHansen) and they have been great to us. So when does CGN go live as a domicile?

FlybyKnite
06-02-2010, 11:48 AM
Our is Minicar Hens. A pilot domicile is on the company's wishlist (aka TBD). But was told this week by folks in FRA that the big move to CGN for freight operations was set for 28June. July bid packs should make for some interesting reading.



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