When Eastern originally operated Manchester - Stansted it was a very profitable route and had lots of supporters.
Unfortunately, when Air Berlin operated this route and offered fares at next to nothing the passenger thought that Eastern were taking the mick with prices. Obviously Air Berlin could not sustain the low fares as they soon pulled of the route.
Eastern then restarted the service but only got the really loyal supporters of the original service at the appropriate fares to justify a regular service 3 to 4 times a day. Sadly not enough people returned and therefore the service has ended. Well done LCC's
So with "just" 2 more Saab 2000s arriving and a need for at least 4 additional Saabs for the Shetland's contract AND the new AMS route, which routes will face a downgrade from the Saab 2000 to the Jetstream 41?
The current saab fleet is not used purely for schedule, one saab based in norwich and two in aberdeen that leaves three purely for charter work plus, the two joining. So I doubt any flights will be downgraded.
What is the general feeling, within Eastern, regards all Aberdeen Flightline employees becoming part of Eastern? This due to the "TUPE" regulations requiring them to continue operating on the Scatsta contract.
The Regulations do not apply to the following:
transfers by share take-over because, when a company’s shares are sold to new shareholders, there is no transfer of the business - the same company continues to be the employer;
transfers of assets only (for example, the sale of equipment alone would not be covered, but the sale of a going concern including equipment would be covered);
transfers of a contract to provide goods or services where this does not involve the transfer of a business or part of a business;
transfers of undertakings situated outside the United Kingdom.
Looks like the third one down applies to Eastern's aquisition of the IAC contract.
I assumed t'internet was the information super highway with all the relevant/uptodate info at your fingertips. I was wrong. Lesson learned.
Sorry if I have misled anyone.
I'll re-ask Wheeliebin's original question on his behalf below.
"What is the general feeling, within Eastern, regards all Aberdeen Flightline employees becoming part of Eastern? This due to the "TUPE" regulations requiring them to continue operating on the Scatsta contract."
In this case it will apply. Lawyers have given their assurance, and the customer is paying for the extra cost involved. In the fullness of time, this will prove to be the case. Therefore back to my original post, I was interested in the general feeling, within the two companies, on the forthcoming integration of crews.
So this is fact is it? Aberdeen based Flightline crews are automatically transferring to Eastern but will remain on their FTL pay scale? What sort of numbers will be joining? This appears a good deal for the Flightline crews and management at both Flightline and Eastern. Not so, perhaps, for the incumbent Eastern crew. Until the implications of any TUPE argreement are known, it is difficult to comment on how the Eastern Crew will welcome the news. For example, will the Scatsa contract have to be crewed by ex Flightline crews over non ex FTL crews? Will ex FTL crews be able to refuse duties that are non Scatsa? Personally I hope the TUPE regulations do cover the Flightline crews. It is good to see at least some jobs with decent T&C's remaining.