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Old 27th Jun 2006, 17:01
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Mike Szucs moved on from easyJet

Just announced at 1700 today....

To follow other opportunities????

Hey BA - got any vacancies?

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Old 27th Jun 2006, 17:56
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For pitty's sake, no. Can't the engine toasting stick shaker take his unique skills someplace else?
Virgin?
I imagine Easy have eventually evaluated his unique management style.

I'll take on the opposition anyday, it's my management I can't beat
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Old 27th Jun 2006, 18:53
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The Party's Started

Wow morale must have hit a 5 year high today - what a message that sends to everyone. We knew the axe was being sharpened and it's fallen in the right place but hopefully more to come?
Finally someone is held accountable for the 77 cancelled flights this weekend and ongoing crew shortages and screw ups. This is the best news the troops could get and should improve the current climate.
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Old 27th Jun 2006, 20:02
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do you think" Easy" HR may have had something to do with crew shortages as well
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Old 27th Jun 2006, 22:01
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I think the rather slippery ex Air UK rostering manager is a good place to look for lack of crews and questionable rostering practices.
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Old 27th Jun 2006, 23:46
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You are seeing here the hard edge of Andy Harrison, the new CEO at easyJet. He inherited a complete shambles from his dismal predecessor and could have faced an almost immediate strike involving both pilots and cabin crew. He set about building relationships with all staff and invited any criticism from the staff they thought was justified. In stark contrast to RW, who seemed to lack any people skills of any kind, AH visitied base after base and could be found anywhere and everywhere at 6.00 in the morning. He was there pressing the flesh, listening to every bleat and whine - he even dressed in easyJet cabin crew uniform around easyLand to show solidarity with the crew. He has largely won the confidence of the pilots and I personally think he has been great news for the company.

AH is, however, a hard guy and it has become increasingly apparent that some of the disastrous decisions made by his Flt Ops managers have cost the company a fortune. They failed to realise the strength of pilot feeling and created an atmoshere of suspicion and anatgonism. They orchestrated the plan to reduce our crewing levels to save money and we now cannot run the summer program. We are subbing in charters everywhere and are cancelling flights all over the place - someone had to pay for the shambles. They are the ones who, depsite countless warning to the contrary, said that there was no retention crisis and failed to recruit enough pilots in time. They thought all the pilots would roll over and take an effective pay cut while the directors awarded themselves obscene bonuses. Instead they all joined BALPA and stood up en-masse to the greatest threat to their liveliehoods since easyJet began. Rightly or wrongly, someone had to pay for the perceived failings of Flt Ops management. MS made the hard calls and got them wrong - he is now history. I personally wish him well as I think he was actually a nice guy. Nonetheless, in the final analysis, he was at the helm of the ship that ran aground in bad weather and the buck stops there.

It is to AH's great credit that despite having no previous airline experience, he has rapidly picked up the fundamentals and is now sorting the carnage created by the head-in-the-clouds 'leadership' of his predecessor and plain incompetence by his Flt Ops management. I personally do not think that anyone else will go but I may be proven wrong. Hopefully there are a few frightened people at easyLand who know that AH means business. The next problem looming is rostering and if that is not sorted then there will be some serious trouble. Common sense says that if you can reduce the number of people leaving by introducing the best roster pattern in the business (4-4), then you can still get 900 hours a year from everyone and save a fortune on the constant retraining of new pilots. Happy staff are good business - we can only hope that the new boy, Ken Smith, knows that. He had better do a lot of listening when he arrives, because if he misjudges the situation as badly as his predecessor did he will be on his bike very quickly indeed.
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Old 28th Jun 2006, 01:52
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Well I hope that this is the first casualty and not the last. There are more incompetents in the hut than just MS. Clearly somebody had to go amidst what is the most chaotic and costly summer Easyjet has ever encountered....and its only just started! Full marks to Harrison for acting sooner rather than later Still it could be a double bluff! maybe MS has bought a stake in Futura or Titan!
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Old 28th Jun 2006, 08:21
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Lets hope he stays well clear of VS, I always thought that he was over rated. A few more people need to leave for EZY to recover though.
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Old 28th Jun 2006, 08:46
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Thumbs up Loco Good News

After several treads all dealing with poor quality management and practices, all dealing with crew numbers, scheduling and remuneration have run their course it appears that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

In the lo-co world here in Europe it appears that some in Management are starting to see that they reap what they sow and the market for “experienced” crews has now dictated.

1) Easyjet. Seems the axe has fallen on one person (hopefully more to come) that may have been instrumental in leading easy to the crewing point they find themselves now in. Putting Boeing rated new hires on Bus courses and Bus rated guys on Boeing course is one example, Severe crew shortages leading to crosshires (expensive) and cancellations (bad PR). Finally if they say that there are no quality pilots out there they truly proving their anal cranial interface. There are plenty of experienced and rated guys out there but for some reason they fall out of the boundaries of the current hiring regiment. (Maybe too old for TRSS…. But you cant discriminate on age can you!).

2) HLF??HLX?? eerrrr…. lets just say TUI! These guys are not the most expensive, blue planes are turning yellow, new blue ones are coming and the front end boys drew a line in the sand… Hopefully they did not grab there ankles but it appears that there has been some resolution in the impending threat of industrial action.

3) AB. It seems that finally ran out of corks in Saatwinkler Damm from plugging too many gaps and after the VC letter went out a couple weeks back they have increased the basic and sector pay goes up as well! Seems that every one including the stock market saw this except those in Berlin.

4) FR…. Not commenting on the current contract crap they are pushing.

So are we now starting to see that those who are responsible to “Shareholders” (but believe nobody else) have woken up to the fact that its become a sellers market?

Have we started to see the reduced investment in long term training and planning starting to bit people in the ass!

But hang on we have not had the annual “BA summer meltdown” yet!

Have the days of continual crisis management and on the fly decisions come to an end and some form of long term stability and forward thinking becoming more evident.

Happy staff are productive staff and your worst enemy is someone who has nothing to lose.
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Old 28th Jun 2006, 08:53
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1) Easyjet. Seems the axe has fallen on one person (hopefully more to come) that may have been instrumental in leading easy to the crewing point they find themselves now in. Putting Boeing rated new hires on Bus courses and Bus rated guys on Boeing course is one example, Severe crew shortages leading to crosshires (expensive) and cancellations (bad PR). Finally if they say that there are no quality pilots out there they truly proving their anal cranial interface. There are plenty of experienced and rated guys out there but for some reason they fall out of the boundaries of the current hiring regiment. (Maybe too old for TRSS…. But you cant discriminate on age can you!).
As one of those Type rated guys (current and ready to go) , Im at a loss why easyJet wont interview me...got a PFO e-mail only yesterday
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Old 28th Jun 2006, 10:25
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Time to Mature

My ambition for EZY this year was to force them to reap the harvest they sow - maybe they finally are. By actually listening to people rather than dimissing them as whinging spoilt primadonnas they have finally realised that most people are totally realistic - we have to deliver productivity but this can still be done competitively with a good lifestyle and minimal disruption. Both pay and rostering negotiations have been conducted in a totally respectful and professional way and I truly believe that it is time for EZY to become a mature airline now and adopt mature policies and practices. However the new management now need to instil this into the people in rostering/crewing and this will require a major change of attitude for some people - the old orange culture might be too ingrained for some so I guess there might be more dead wood that needs removing. Keep the axe sharpened!
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Old 28th Jun 2006, 10:53
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Well, perhaps the axe has not fallen for the last time at easyJet!! Is it true two other high-level managers have been spotted in the desert recently both applying (and apparently not succeeding) in finding new jobs? Maybe they consider easyJet like a sinking ship and are leaving ahead of the next culling!!
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Old 28th Jun 2006, 11:58
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Great news. As people say there's still more to be thrown out of the door!!

What AH has done is only the start- hopefully in the next few months we will have a whole new set of pilot management to lead us on after this shambolic summer.

Morale........it's on the way up!
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Old 28th Jun 2006, 14:18
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what are the pax being told of the reason for cancellation of these flights and is the passenger charter forcing compensation
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Old 28th Jun 2006, 17:29
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CK
As to your question about certain people visiting out here, a friend of mine saw a certain couple (the cp and cp says!) out here recently although they claimed only to be on holiday. Obviously didnt go well then!
Glad to hear that something is finally starting to change at my old hunting grounds, maybe you all will start to get a quality of life again. Good luck to all.
Ps Ck the family says hi!
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Old 28th Jun 2006, 18:31
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Where's he off to then (after the leaving do in the phone box outside Luton Airport) ?
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Old 28th Jun 2006, 19:41
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so when is the Axe gonna hit PT in his neck?
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Old 29th Jun 2006, 05:51
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You are right Pornking the next fellow that NEEDS to go is PT.
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Old 29th Jun 2006, 09:38
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I hope Im wrong here but I think JP is holding PT behind his back and he is unlikely to go in the near future....Comments?
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Old 29th Jun 2006, 10:20
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Grrr

Gentlemen please. Lets keep it general and stop personalizing with the use of peoples initials.

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