Our present misery is the direct result of decisions made by Mike and his erstwhile boss, Ed W aka Thick Ed..... both ex-BA! If Mike goes back to BA then I think we should do a Virgin and sue them for conspiring to f..... us up (shades of dirty tricks methinks).
Bearing in mind the astonishingly bad effect he has had at easyJet, it may not be unreasonalble to suggest he has been working for BA all along. Consider: Despite being warned by the CC on many occasions, he has undercrewed so badly the number of pilots that we have cancelled HUNDREDS of flights in the last month or two and this will continue through to the end of summer. This is going to cost upward of £10 million, at least!! Over 350 pilots have left in the last 4 years; cadets leaving in droves and many for BA where they get a well trained pilot at no cost, Rostering, being so poor that it contributed to the pilot situation above, could have been fixed ( as promised by MS) but has been made considerably worse because there are no pilots to man the roster; leave was reduced for a while, minimum days off to patch up the crewing situation, a pay deal so dismal that BALPA membership ramped up to unbelievable levels and a near-strike resulted; and so out of touch with the pilot market that TRSS schemes still remain! Finally, fatigue so rampant as a result of above. His performance has been so dismal it is impossible to believe this was not by design.
Yes, they need a mix, but I was under the impression that the TRSS is primarily aimed at potential FOs rather than potential captains. If that is the case then surely there is nothing "so out of touch" about keeping the scheme in place to minimise the company's training bill.
Believe me I'd love easy or FR to foot the cost of a TR but it hasn't happened yet and I'm not holding my breath
If sufficient numbers refused to self-sponser,the airlines would very quickly pay for the training.Won't happen though. Wannabees have no real inkling of how they are being shafted and the training providers are so enboiled with the airlines that they dare not upset the status quo. I believe it all started with a greedy bunch of individuals who set up CTC as a sideline.
Despite the current fiasco within, the ezy share price went up over 30 points (8%) yesterday on release of latest stats. So it seems that the top bods will still be showering themselves down with money on the back of everyone elses misery.
Not heard anything about crewing going on strike, yes the guy's and girls do a great job with limited resources and get no thanks for doing it.( except from the ops managers) Great idea about the strike though, then maybe people will stand up and listen for a change. I work in crewing and have done for a fair few years, i still do not think this is the worst the company has seen.(thats still to come) In crewing we know we are not liked but its our job and we have to do it to the best of our ability..
walla - I for one really appreciate the work you guys do in very difficult circumstances. You cannot put a quart into a pint pot and that is what we are trying to do with the limited resources we have available at the moment. There is a huge flying program to fill and only a limited number of crew to do it - you have my great sympathy in trying to make it all work. Well done mate.
I echo NSF's comments. I've done crewing in a previous life (on a somewhat smaller scale... ) but I fully appreciate the problems of trying to solve the impossible. We can only do so many hours, and when you've used them up.... well that's it! It does appear the message is finally getting throught to those that need to hear it. Once again thanks for your efforts.... enjoy the summer A4.
... i still do not think this is the worst the company has seen.(thats still to come).. Walla
I don't see how things could possibly get worse, could they walla? Since AH's appointment I'm optimistic for the future; the CC are about to announce good news regarding the rostering/scheduling agreement, but it remains to be seen whether the Company will be successful in recruiting the required number of pilots for next year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed (but not holding my breath!). MA
Max Auto Walla probably means worse to come = not hit peak season yet, school holidays, maybe an extra night flight or two to keep commercial happy, and with subcharter aircraft being few and far between
You guys are all hanging onto a fixed pattern rostering system as it allows you to plan your days off in advance but lets face it thats the only thing its ever brought to us, its a barbaric system especially with 5 earlies in a row, it offers zero flexibility for request days off outside your group pattern which in turn increases sickness as people call sick rather than request days off and not get them. How can anyone say that after 5 early 4 sector day you are not too tired to carry out a professional job not to mention trying not to kill yourself or someone else on the way home.
There is nothing wrong with working hard but it needs to be implemented correctly and 5 earlies in a row aint it. People will carry on leaving if its not sorted because the money paid is not enough to jeopordize lifestyle, health, etc even for captains.
As there are nowhere near enough crews to support 5/2/5/4 it is definitely on the way out - fact!
There is a temporary fix inbound very soon with a more permanent fix being worked on, but all of this is largely dependent on recruiting. In order to recruit effectively we need to be able to offer something that people cannot refuse.
Lets hope AH and co are serious in making that offer because I've seen too many false promises.
Mr Angry from Purley hit the nail on the head, its not even peak season and we are struggling, i agree with you since AH has taking over alot has changed and things seem to be looking up. However (And please don't take this the wrong way) Easyjet is not only about F/D and C/C there are alot of different departments who suffer just as much. We as a company need to look at the bigger picture and start looking outside of the box.
Flaps; There's no problem with recruitment per se; in fact we are well over initial target this year already. The problem is retention (partly) and the total number we are allowed to recruit, ie crew ratio.