Air Wisconsin signs an agreement with United for 65 50-seat RJs

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  1. Feb 27, 2017 #1

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    From today's route network message from Scott Kirby:


    "To ensure we have the regional lift to deliver the increase in connecting traffic we need, we are partnering with former United Express carrier, Air Wisconsin (ZW). We expect that ZW will start flying early next year and have approximately 50 regional jets for us by next summer, with the expectation of adding 15 more in the future. They currently fly these aircraft for AA, so this is a great addition for us in two ways: We get to add these additional aircraft feeding small-city traffic into our hubs, and AA loses lift that used to be feeding its hubs. We plan to use these aircraft in the right kind of markets - meaning we'll be adding more small cities - such as RST and COU (Columbia, Missouri) - that can feed additional profitable traffic into our hubs that in turn will help us grow the mainline."
     
  2. Feb 27, 2017 #2

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    Lets see how upper management explains away this "Charlie Foxtrot"
     
  4. Feb 27, 2017 #4

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    Yeah but does Air Wisconsin have a new vision statement?
     
  5. Feb 27, 2017 #5

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    AIR WISCONSIN PAYSCALES

    CAPTAIN PAY SCALE (Hourly)
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    PAY NOTES

    Wages increase 1.5% each October

    Paid the greater of scheduled or actual time on a leg-by-leg basis

    100% cancellation pay
    100% deadhead pay
    150% open time pay
    150%-200% pay for flying determined to be critical to the operation.

    Retention bonuses being offered for pilots currently on property

    $33,000 sign on bonus. Highest in the industry. First installment of $15,000 to be paid upon completion of IOE. Second installment of $10,000 to be paid 12 months after completion of IOE. The remaining $8,000 is to be paid out quarterly throughout year 3 of employment as an FO.

    First year pay in conjunction with the sign on bonus makes Air Wisconsin the highest paying regional airline in the industry.

    $260 uniform and $50 headset allowance per year after one year of service

    42 hours of earned sick leave per year

    Monthly guarantee: 75 hours
    Reserve guarantee: 75 hours

    (Note: Pilots holding Line status cannot be assigned to Reserve status)

    Most junior captain hired: January 2012 ORF



    Obviously, we are too expensive!
     
  6. Feb 27, 2017 #6

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    With more smoke and mirrors. On the bright side, UA is finally awarding flying to someone other than a bottom feeder.
     
  7. Feb 27, 2017 #7

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    Congrats to them. But now Management has no excuse saying we are too expensive! Its all INC playing their games and they are slowly winding us down!

    When can we get airlineapp points like Air Wisconsin??
     
  8. Feb 27, 2017 #8

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    They seem to be paying very well.

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    Plus the $33,000 bonus looks nice. Upgrade is a little long though at 5 years.
     
  9. Feb 27, 2017 #9

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    Im sorry my sarcasm meter is broken..... youre kidding right? Compared to us that is not long! But compared to others, youre right it is.
     
  10. Feb 27, 2017 #10

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    That's not gonna hold. They're getting a CPP too though.
     
  11. Feb 27, 2017 #11

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    You got my entire point.

    Over 10 years to upgrade at XJT. Upgrading during INDOC at CommutAir. Most other airlines are under 2 years for upgrade.
     
  12. Feb 27, 2017 #12

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    He upgraded in indoc at Commut-air if you missed that.
     
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    No I didn't. Those that wanted to upgrade in Indoc took the Dash. I am more of a shinny jet guy. And that was not the point.

    The point is anyone that is an FO with more than 3 years should be getting out. There is no reason to continue making $~36 an hour when they could be making in the $70's an hour plus the bonus (something besides $1000).
     
  14. Feb 27, 2017 #14

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    The nickle and a buck fiddy probably through XJT's costs over the top.....
     
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    You left out this part, if it wasn't already obvious to everyone:

    "It's important to note that we are not growing our fleet of 50-seat aircraft, but as other partners have upgauged some of our 50 seat aircraft to 70- and 76-seat aircraft, our new partnership with ZW will enable us to maintain a consistent level of flying across our domestic network as we also upgauge and grow the mainline."
     
  16. Feb 27, 2017 #16

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    Air Wisconsin Signs 5 Year CPA With United.
    5 year CPA
    65 CRJ-200's
    Feb 2018 - Feb 2023
    Hub's at ORD and IAD

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    Dear Fellow Employees,

    I am very pleased to announce that yesterday Air Wisconsin and United Airlines executed an exclusive five-year Capacity Purchase Agreement to operate up to 65 CRJ 200 aircraft through February of 2023, with a potential two-year extension. The aircraft will be inducted into United’s network commencing no later than February 2018. This exciting news creates a long term future for our company and provides security and opportunity for our employees as we expand and place our full fleet into service with United.

    As many of you may know, for over 20 years through 2006, Air Wisconsin provided regional airline and ground handling services to United Airlines. Many of our current pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, dispatchers and management employees were part of the team providing those services. We are very proud to be re-establishing our partnership with United and once again serving as a United Express carrier as part of United’s global network. We look forward to providing United’s customers with the safe, reliable and outstanding customer service that is the hallmark of both Air Wisconsin and United Airlines.

    I am attaching a letter from Scott Kirby, President of United Airlines, welcoming us back to the United family and outlining the instrumental role of 50-seat aircraft in strengthening United’s network. United is keenly focused on connectivity within its system, and with competitive economics Air Wisconsin is poised to play an important role in that strategy.

    We expect our geographic footprint within the United Express network will include hubs in Chicago (ORD) and Washington Dulles (IAD). We are working with United to minimize disruption to our employees and to retain as much of our existing physical infrastructure as possible - including our Milwaukee (MKE), Norfolk (ORF) and Columbia (CAE) maintenance facilities.

    Importantly, Air Wisconsin pilots will become eligible to enroll in the United Airlines Career Pathway Program (CPP) which provides qualifying pilots with the opportunity to become pilots for United mainline. As we expand our service for United, our aggressive hiring plans will create fast upgrades for First Officers and the CPP program creates a direct professional pathway into United mainline for all eligible pilots. Our recently announced new hire/first year pay structure and our generous retention payments establishes Air Wisconsin as a premier regional airline for pilots and reflects United’s and our commitment to the long term future and growth of Air Wisconsin.

    We will keep you informed and updated as we develop and finalize our plans to transition from our partnership with American into our new partnership with United. Air Wisconsin has had a great relationship over the past 12 years with US Airways/American – and I speak for all of us when I say that it has been a privilege to serve them. I know I can count on all of you in providing outstanding service for American as we complete the remaining term of our flying with them.

    I personally want to thank each and every one of you for your loyalty and dedication to Air Wisconsin. I know that the last several months have not been easy for you in the absence of knowledge regarding our company’s future and the anxiety this may have created for you and your families. I along with our leadership team deeply appreciate your professionalism and commitment to proudly delivering an outstanding product each and every day. As we move forward in our new relationship with United Airlines, we will keep you updated on a regular basis and we look forward to working together with you as we embark on this exciting new phase in Air Wisconsin’s future. I am thrilled by the opportunity to announce a new chapter in Air Wisconsin’s proud history! Let’s go!

    Sincerely,

    Christine

    Christine R. Deister

    President and Chief Executive Officer
     
  17. Feb 27, 2017 #17

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    Here's a question: can we even cover the flying that we have ourselves?
     
  18. Feb 27, 2017 #18

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    Speaking of vision statement, that article has this gem in it:

    "By all means, there are no guarantees and I’ll mention our need to evolve our labor contracts, just as we evolve our fleet and network."
     
  19. Feb 27, 2017 #19

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    Someone should warn United that mainline partners don't like signing long term contracts.
     
  20. Feb 27, 2017 #20

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    Why push new contracts now? We shut down in 10 months.
     

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