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.
This is all just speculation. So in the fullness in time all will be revealed. Eastern always need new cabin crew in ABZ i can see them being used, but flight crew, they are still employed by Flightline, Eastern are not taking on the flightlines assets ie its aircraft so why would crew come with the contract. One company loses business another gains it. Its in flightlines interest now to get other business and keeps its crews employed. Anyway the cabin crew are much more likely to be local than the majority of the flight crew. Not sure why you would want to refuse duties other than skatsta, would you like to go to sardinia or switzerland for the week, or an early stavangar and be back by half nine in the morning.. No I wont to sit around in a wet and windy airport crew room for hours waiting for a helicopter to arrive.