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Old 30th May 2008, 16:39
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Dual Rated

Yes as of the present, we have worked over 5 weeks and have nothing to show for it. The Flight deck and head office got paid on the 25th, the crew....should have been paid today, but that wont materialise. Its now up to the administrators (If they have an ounce on compassion) to make crew salaries a priority but im not holding my breath.

Thanks to all who have posted messages of support and respect to Lawrence Hunt our fab CEO who fought tooth and nail for us and his baby.
I have never met such a genuine and hard working gent.

As for us the Ex crew of Silverjet, weve all been supporting each other, the shock comes in waves and then it hits you....the mortgage payments.....the car loan.......the 17 meal i had in new york......the council tax and so on.
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Old 30th May 2008, 17:38
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I am so sorry...I know these words will be said over and over and almost lose meaning, but I have been in your situation and "sucks" doesn't come close to whats been lost.

I have only just got home and seen some details but to attempt to put a positive on a very negative is that the company has brought in administrators, not filed for insolvency. For those who dont understand the difference, insolvency/bankruptcy is the final end when a company believe there is no salvaging it and they close doors whereas administrators are people employed to assess the business and whether or not they can trade the business back on track.

I hope Silverjet can be salvaged but to those who are now left wondering what to do - my heart goes out to you all!

Abby x
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Old 30th May 2008, 19:12
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I'm really sorry guys,

wish everyone the best of luck for the future.

Ezy
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Old 30th May 2008, 20:11
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Sorry to hear the news this morning,

Hope it all works out for you, from a fellow cabin crew member, was a fantastic service did enjoy it on a recent trip to dubai and was hoping to re book for later on this year

All the best of luck, hope to see the SilverJet Flying again soon

FLC
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Old 30th May 2008, 20:20
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Unhappy

Can't say I was shocked but I really feel for the SJ staff. Must be terrible. Unfortunately in these times, they will not be the last to be made redundant.

What's going to happen to the 3 aircraft?
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Old 31st May 2008, 11:34
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I would just like to say how sad I'm feeling right now for the workers of SJ, i know quite a few cabin crew and ops guys who work their hardest every day.

Hope a resolution can come soon, by means of another airline buyout, and you guys can once again trade under the Silverjet name.

All the best....
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Old 1st Jun 2008, 11:26
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The statement on the website talks about refinancing and recommencing operation.

Given the way you have apparently been singled out for non payment of salary would any of you go back?
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Old 1st Jun 2008, 16:51
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It won't rise from the Ashes. You MUST move on and move up.

Good luck in getting paid. I hope they sort you out quickly.
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Old 1st Jun 2008, 17:08
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From the Silverjet website

To our dear customers,
When our inaugural flight took off in January 2007, we pledged to change the face of air travel. Your appreciation of our unique values and your belief in our product has allowed us to achieve this.
Your belief in us was shared by our investors - but regrettably, due to unforeseen circumstances, they were unable to unlock the finance that we needed. As a result, we are very sad to announce that from 30 May 2008, we will cease operations and we are no longer able to honour flight reservations.
We extend our sincerest apologies to those of you who have travel plans with Silverjet in the future and at present. You are advised to seek alternative travel arrangements with other carriers, and contact your credit card company or travel agent directly for information on obtaining refunds.
We are working actively with new investors who are prepared to inject new funds so we can recommence operations. If we are able to achieve this, we will make an announcement as soon as possible and we hope to be able to bring you our very 'sivilised' flying experience again.
Thank you for your support - it has meant everything.
Yours sincerely,



Lawrence Hunt, CEO







Seems fairly final to me!
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Old 1st Jun 2008, 20:25
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A real shame to hear about the close of the company.
But great to see one of their pilots flying a de Havilland Vampire at RAF Cosford today..and looked like he enjoyed every minute of it
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Old 1st Jun 2008, 22:38
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Yes great to see him enjoy his weekend seeing that the flight crew have been paid this month. Im sure the cabin crew went out clubbing and had a great weekend too, aaaahhhhh wait a minute the cabin crew a'int been paid!!!!!
Oh I do hope he enjoyed the ride cos the cabin crew are lovin it!
Thanks for that!
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Old 2nd Jun 2008, 02:00
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Its now up to the administrators (If they have an ounce on compassion) to make crew salaries a priority but im not holding my breath.

Actually I do believe staff are at the top of the pile though you will not get the full amount, indeed far from it.
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Old 2nd Jun 2008, 13:38
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I agree with BOB that it was just a matter of dates HOWEVER for pay to be credited to crew accounts it would of had to of been sent by the company on Tuesday......this gave SJ three days to tell the crew that it hadnt and allow them to make contingency plans.

The fact remains that the crew have lived and breathed the brand values for 18 months now and the one that particularly stands out at this moment is INTEGRITY....and as far as i and many others are concerned the company acted with none at all.

The real shame of it all is that every single one of the crew would of fought for the company, because they truly believed in it, now as BOB quite rightly said, why should they?
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Old 2nd Jun 2008, 15:36
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Hi Flygirl,
I think you may have misinterpreted what I posted. I will still be fighting Silverjets corner, until I am told that there is no corner to fight for...

I'm still backing us 110%
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Old 2nd Jun 2008, 16:42
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Sorry BOB i did misinterpret part of your post...apologies.

I'm not anti SJ either, and i applaud the fact that you are remaining so positive. Unfortunately, positive is not going to pay the bills this month or next month or the month after that.

I like many others feel entirely let down...admittedly some of the disappointment could not be helped, but the fact remains that some could. Its disgusting that employees found out from a news report that the administrators had been called in rather than via the company they had worked so loyally to build. Its also disgusting that nobody was pre warned about non payment of salaries. The final kick in the teeth is that no one can claim dole as we have not been told we are officially redundant.

I loved that company and the people as did so many others and so wanted it to succeed, i still want it to succeed, but realistically its a huge mountain to climb...my hat is off to you for wanting to climb it, but most cant afford the wait.
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Old 3rd Jun 2008, 02:20
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We have a heartbeat to work on, we have a pulse to revive... We have a soul to save!
I just hope the green light is flashing on Begbies Traynor's corporate defibrillator...
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Old 3rd Jun 2008, 06:44
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Bestonboard! I truly admire your allegiance to Silverjet. However PLEASE wake-up and smell the coffee. This is a TUFF industry and at the end of the day, loyalty and sentiment won't pay your bills at the end of the month! Bite the bullet and come and join the BIG BOYS for Job securityl You get the BEST of both worlds. It's STILL OK to be equally PASSIONATE about the job you do AS CREW!!! Silverjet had you hook line and sinker in that their recruitment spec was above and beyond and that you are something that you are not. A quick reality check is that CREW are CREW!!, whatever airline you work for!!! I wish you ALL the very best.
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Old 3rd Jun 2008, 10:06
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The people who would invest in SJ now are asset strippers - that is of course if the company has any assets worth stripping.

The brand is destroyed in the eyes of the customer and the trust and confidence of the crew must have evaporated.

SJ would need a 3 month intensive marketing campaign to get any seat sales which would put the "relaunch" date back until late August, way too late to pick up significant business and then one is back in to the low season until next March.

It simply is not viable.

You're fired.
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Old 3rd Jun 2008, 10:20
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Mr Sugar
You can not fire me as I am out of a job!
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Old 3rd Jun 2008, 11:01
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Sad to see any airline go,

SilverJet had many a Pilot from my company. (Sorry, we do not have Cabin Crew).

http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/economi...itor/index.htm

Speaks volumes as to how the initial budget got screwed, big time. JetA1 has got to be the biggest variable.


The spin was fantastic, even staff yet to join believed it, sold it to the man in the street to invest.

hate to say this to the Silverised posters, move on, as quickly as poss, get an income, your duty is to yourselves.


Good luck to you all, been there 3 times.
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