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Aviation Industry Updates: August 11, 2020

By August 11, 2020 August 18th, 2020 Industry News

Scope Kicks In | United Plans Removal of RJ Seats

KEY POINTS:

  • United Airlines began promoting three different seat maps for their Embraer 175 Regional Jet online.
  • The website shows, “the aircraft’s normal 76-seat, three-class configuration. Two other diagrams show a maximum of 70 seats, in two different three-class configurations.”
  • “That contract [ALPA CBA] requires United to “convert” 76-seat aircraft to 70-seat aircraft if it is forced to furlough pilots hired prior to when the contract was signed, a move that could diminish the economics of the jets.”
  • “We have the engineering being worked on right now, and we will have them removed by October 1”

RAVEN’S TAKE:

What does United’s CBA with ALPA have to say about Scope and passenger seating?

The pilot contract has lengthy explanations on how United Express may be utilized. With 3,900 possible furloughs coming to the seniority list United must implement UAX fleet changes to comply with the United pilot CBA.

“If a Pilot on the Seniority List with an employment date prior to January 23, 2016 is placed on furlough, the Company shall convert all 76-Seat Aircraft for operation as 70-Seat Aircraft. The number of such aircraft shall continue to be limited as though they were being operated as 76-Seat Aircraft. The Company may again commence operating such Aircraft as 76-Seat Aircraft effective on the date that the most junior Pilot protected by the first sentence of this Section 1-C-1-h is recalled from furlough.”

How do the furloughs at United affect future hiring at contractually covered UAX airlines?

Due to protections under LOA 12-09 “United Express Job Opportunities for Furloughed United Pilots,” if you had hoped to land a job flying for a carrier under the covered UAX brands, and there are United Mainline pilots furloughed, those pilots get first rights to hiring that occurs at UAX.

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Southwest CEO | Traffic Needs to Double to Avoid Layoffs in 2021

KEY POINTS:

  • Southwest Airlines CEO says traffic needs to double to avoid layoffs in 2021.
  • While pushing for support of CARES Act 2.0 “We are very grateful for the support we’ve had.” Gary goes on to say if more help isn’t provided “All the money invested so far will all be for naught.”
  • “Very clear that absent some continued support you will see massive layoffs and massive service cuts.”
  • “We have not found a restructuring plan to be able to survive 25%,” stated Gary, referencing the 75% drop in revenue.
  • When asked about halting the COVID-19 wipe-down cleanings Gary stated: “We just determined the time that it took to do all surfaces wasn’t adding any value.”
  • “We will get past this we will do what we have to do for southwest to survive.”

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Weekly TSA Numbers | What’s The Trend Showing?

TSA Numbers Aug 11 Email

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