What happened to all that talk a few weeks ago about bringing back some planes from the boneyard? Hell, it was just a year or so ago we were flying B727s! Please, half the fleet should be in the desert! (maybe its headed there now, come to think of it!!) I wonder if any of the new airlines would take any of our current fleet as a gift? They damn sure wouldn't take our pilots! Never seen such a bunch of arogant a$$holes! The only good thing to come out of the "pending" BK is to see the pilots working hard for 50cents on the dollar! I WILL LOVE SEEING THAT!
Customers are just like everyone else, looking for the best deal possible. Pilots, AMT's, aircraft, operations, etc. are all certified and trained to the same standards.
It is possible to have better pilots and mechanics on a flight with a discount airline than on one of the majors.
All airlines swap off maintenance with each other and contract out work to the lowest bid fixed base operations they can find. (Delta furloughed my entire maintenance station and contracted out the work back to a local FBO, other airlines have done the same thing too).
When like you say the plane is jerking and the engines are roaring, employee pay does not enter into the safety aspect at all.
However, a profitable airline may have more spare parts, better equipment, etc., ... unfortunatly everyone knows that Delta has not been profitable for some time.
It is like buying something from Walmart or a fancy speciality shop, ... when you get it home there is no differance except for the price and the wrapping.
I do not like this either, but them are the facts.
Delta will not survive unless all costs come down, and I am afraid that they will have to come down a lot.
A fuel prices drop will not save an airline, that means that most of the cuts have to come from employee pay and employee benefits.
Employees will also have to work harder and longer, because both the "competition" and the "customers" demand it. (productivity)
Not all airlines will survive, only the airlines that reduce costs the most will survive.
The longer the airline waits to reduce their cost cuts, the greater the chance of BK.
If Delta wants to survive, they must beat the competition in cost and service while showing a profit.
Advertising that Delta's pilots and mechanics are "better" than all the others is just throwing good money away because the puplic knows that all US airlines are safer than driving, and the most dangerous part of any trip is the drive to the airport.
I'm sure he voted for hothead spineless Gore too. He flunked out of ministry college. Just pathetic and dumb and dumber! Can you imagine if Gore had been in office during the 9-11 attacks? He would have been kissing Saddam's ass right now!
I can tell that I would like you very much Rick because you think penguines are warm and fuzzy like I do. But who asked you anyway you twerp? Oh God how I love warm and fuzzy penguines even though their feet stink and they have pinworms. Penguines can make anybody look better when they are holding one OK? Just yesterday I went to the grocery store to buy some milk and Cheetos for my kitty Nas and I saw you in the fish dept stuffing scrod in your pants to take home to feed your penguine and that's just not right OK? I work very hard every day to put scrod on the table for you but you keep making it hard to like you even with Ralph by your side.
Nas has just reminded me to tell you to bring him a Coke Icee when you come over to play crazy eights after your clothes dry and you iron your underwear Rick OK?
Oh Rick you don't have to be shy around us. We know that you want to move in with us so you will have round the clock daycare for your penguine Ralph. And that would be just fine with us except that you insist on peeing while Nas is in the room and he don't like that Rick. He don't like that at all. Have some respect Rick. Even people who love penguines like I do can smell a problem when they see one. But mostly Rick I just want to tell you that I miss you very much my little bedbug and I'll call you in the morning while Nas is watching Regis and Kelly OK?