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Old 09-12-2007, 02:24 PM   #1  
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Default Preferential hiring for PDT and PSA Pilots at US Airways

Good to hear the guys at PDT might have something good happen for a change. I left a few months ago, and don't regret it....but I'm happy to see that some progress is actually being made. Here's a question to pose for everyone.....If captains can't afford to go to year one FO pay at Airways, will 1000 hour F/O's being flying 737's at airways? ....I wouldn't mind, but its an interesting question to ask.

September 12, 2007
Dear Piedmont Pilot:
By the end of 2008, US Airways anticipates hiring more than 350 pilots to replace retiring pilots and fill vacancies resulting from the delivery of 19 additional Embraer 190 aircraft. In addition to these new positions the mainline also expects to return all 140 former US Airways pilots currently working at regional carriers under the Jets for Jobs program by April 2008. With those returns, US Airways will have offered recall to all 1,700 pilots who were furloughed during per-merger US Airways’ bankruptcies. That’s a milestone Airways is delighted to reach.
After returning J4J pilots to vacant positions primarily on the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft, the remaining new first officer positions will be on the Embraer 190, Boeing 737 and A320 aircraft. US Airway’s strong preference is to offer as many of these new positions as possible to you and pilots currently employed at PSA. While there are no agreed-to contractual flow-through provisions yet, Airways expects to preferentially hire in seniority order from the Piedmont pilot ranks. Flow-up meetings with the companies and ALPA groups are being tentatively scheduled for early October. If an agreement is reached then those flow-up provisions will be applied to any eligible Express pilot under the negotiated terms. If those discussions don’t produce a flow-up agreement by the time US Airways is ready to being accepting new hires, US Airways will still proceed and offer preferential hiring to any PSA or Piedmont pilot. Should that occur, any flow-up agreement reached after new hires are brought on board may apply to any PSA or Piedmont pilot accepted under preferential hiring provisions, as provided for in the flow-through agreement. With that is mind, our plan is to have six pilots in March, six pilots in April and 11 pilots per month in the May to December 2008 timeframe available for transition to Airways (a total of 100 Piedmont pilots will have the opportunity to go to Airways in 2008). Obviously, US
Airways has to be sensitive to our ability to recruit and train replacement for those of you who choose to accept mainline employment. Therefore, the precise time of this hiring will be subject to operational constraints and actual attrition at the mainline, but the plan is for Piedmont pilots to apply, interview and when selected, receive their anticipated class date. The hiring of 100 Piedmont pilots at Airways will clearly tax our recruiting, training and
financial resources, but we’re committed to doing it because both Piedmont and Airways management feel it is the right thing to do. In addition to the direct recruiting, simulator and other training costs, we’ve made the painful decision to remove three aircraft from our schedule in January and February, two in March and one in April. This will allow us to build up our training resources so that we can support moving this many pilots to mainline next year. We plan to return to a full scale schedule in May, 2008. If you are interested in applying for employment at US Airways, please complete an
on-line application via the Careers link on the US Airways website,
www.usairways.com. We understand the value many of you place on a potential career path to mainline employment, and are committed to doing our best to assist you.
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Even though Airways is a turd of an airline, I'm sure there will be no shortage of PSA and PDT captains ready to move up the ladder. The older captains with only a few years left will stay.
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Even though Airways is a turd of an airline, I'm sure there will be no shortage of PSA and PDT captains ready to move up the ladder. The older captains with only a few years left will stay.

What about the Blue Walnut? Do you think he will move to mainline?
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What about the Blue Walnut? Do you think he will move to mainline?
Thats funny. I think his aviation videos are good, but I'm too far right to listen to his other rants.
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Old 09-13-2007, 05:57 AM   #5  
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preferrential hiring at pdt = propaganda aimed to stop attrition. they need to park airplanes just to do upgrades for an entire year, wtf......
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