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Old 11-10-2008, 08:05 AM   #1  
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The latest dribble from the fearless leader....

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American Eagle & Executive Airlines Pilots:

The majority of previously announced capacity reductions at American Eagle were implemented last week. I am pleased to let you know that at this point we do not anticipate pilot furloughs as a consequence of these or the prior schedule reductions.

Working closely with Eagle’s Flight Department, crew scheduling and Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) leadership, we’re relying on a combination of voluntary exit options, attrition and adjustments to bid line values to achieve the overall staffing reductions required by the cutbacks in our schedule. Therefore, no Eagle or Executive pilots will lose their job involuntarily as a result of the schedule changes of the last several months.

Eagle’s Plan to Win has three major strategies: 1) Retain American as a Customer; 2) Position Eagle for Growth; and 3) Align Employee Interests with those of Eagle. Although we all wish we were growing rather than shrinking, we can take some satisfaction in the fact that we have kept AA’s flying – in fact,
recovered some flying from Trans States Airlines – and kept our employees’ interests and Eagle’s interests aligned by avoiding pilot furloughs. By continuously improving our safety, reliability and efficiency, we improve our chances of being able to grow (with AA and possibly with other airline
customers – and in other lines of business) when times improve.

I am proud of the fact that Eagle has the safest and most experienced team of aviators in the industry. I know that the staffing changes to support our new schedule will require many of our pilots to make changes to their base and/or preferred assignments. I know that some of these changes will be difficult
and I thank you in advance for your continued excellent performance in the face of all the change happening around us.

We continue to have a significant cost disadvantage compared to our regional peers, and have seen other regionals grant price reductions to their mainline partners to retain their flying contracts. While we cannot rule out schedule and/or staffing reductions in the future, we have no plans to do so at the
current time. We are committed to navigating this difficult period with the objective of ensuring Eagle’s long term success while simultaneously addressing employee interests to the greatest extent possible. Although we are sure to face continued challenges as our economy and industry evolves, I am confident
that American Eagle will be a force in commercial aviation for years to come. Thank you for all you do to fly safely, reliably and efficiently.

Peter Bowler
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:03 PM   #2  
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The latest dribble from the fearless leader....

I now know nothing more than I knew, prior to reading the letter.

I love it, a full page of "filler". Nice letter P.B.
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:57 PM   #3  
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I like where he talks about positioning Eagle for growth....???? Parking the entire SAAB fleet, and ditching 10 ERJ 135's and cutting routes/flights... He must be talking about growing his paycheck, because he certainly ain't growing the airline.

The problem is that Eagle is only allowed to be a certain percentage of mainline flying, around 8% I think the number is.... so, with the cuts announced by AMR on the AA side, Eagle jumped the gun and started cutting. The end result was a displacement bid, with base closures, closely followed by an announcment from AMR that they aren't cutting the mainline side as much as they thought, and oh, by the way... Eagle, here are 1,700 more hours of flying per month than you expected.....

To bad you already spent all that money running a simultaneous Vacancy & Displacement Bid along with a base closure... Yeah, it really was cost ineffective to run two bases in the Northeast.... one in LGA and the other in BOS.... so, what did they do.... now we have three bases in the northeast, BOS, LGA and JFK.... soon to be replaced with only two bases again... this time JFK and LGA.... wow, going from two bases 180 miles apart to two bases 8 miles apart... Yep, we're saving money now for sure.
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Eagle jumped the gun and started cutting.
shoot first, aim later. That's how we do it here at eagle, I thought you knew
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I'm still half-convinced that the BOS closure was a ploy to get some senior pilots to leave. BOS was very senior and very small with the majority of pilots senior and not wanting to commute. I think they thought most of the very senior captains would be angry enough by the closure to leave. Unfortunately we now have more senior commuters at the remaining bases. I figure BOS will open back up in 2 years. Makes ya feel real warm and fuzzy doesn't it?
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I'm still half-convinced that the BOS closure was a ploy to get some senior pilots to leave.

That is the same rumor and conversations between senior guys here in LAX are thinking! They think LAX is next on the chopping board
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Problem is that they need the feed in LA but its hard to staff thru-flights out of a nearby base (DFW ain't quite close enough) so I think LA will stick around but shrink and grow frequently enough to rustle some feathers.
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The only way we will see BOS open back up is through the purchase of another carrier with an existing BOS base (thats how we got it this most recent time from BizEx) or if AE can diversify and pick up flying for another carrier that shows interest in BOS. Both options are pretty far-fetched right now. AMR has been shrinking their BOS presence through the past 5 years on the AE and AA side as well. They are focusing on large hub operations and eventually will have it down to 3 mega hubs (DFW, ORD, NYC).
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at least they arent furloughing
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we never had plans to furlough. this is just company spin to make us feel better about an 8 year upgrade.
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