Flight Options and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, the union representing the pilot group, have announced “an unprecedented expression of mutual cooperation.” The two parties “have pledged to put their past differences aside and instead dedicate their efforts to achieving common goals.” In March 2006, the Flight Options pilots voted to be represented by the IBT and have been seeking their first contract ever since.
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Boeing today presented what it called its best and final contract offer to its approximately 27,000 employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Washington, Oregon and Kansas. The offer includes an 11-percent pay increase, cost-of-living adjustments and pension increase of $80 per month per year of service.
Nit Subramaniam has joined BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul as director of technical process improvement. He retired from Garrett Aviation/AlliedSignal in 2005 after 26 years but continued to do consulting work for the company, developing engineering and quality procedures for manufacturing and maintainability processes on the TFE731, TPE331 and CFE738 engines and 36-series APUs.
The previously chilly relations between Flight Options management and pilots appear to have thawed considerably just three weeks after the Cleveland-based fractional provider named company founder Kenn Ricci chairman and Mike Silvestro CEO and ousted former CEO Michael Scheeringa.
Delta Air Lines on Friday notified Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group that it plans to cancel its contract to fly Bombardier CRJ900s as Delta Connection. The notice marks the second attempt by Delta to remove Mesa-flown jets from its system in recent months. A federal judge in late May issued an injunction barring Delta from ending Mesa’s contract to fly ERJ 145s.
Increasing size provides economies of scale for any business, but for fractional operators attaining “critical mass” in terms of fleet size and flight crews is essential to the model working at all. Profitability then depends on the details of pricing and cost control.
Textron, the parent company of both Bell Helicopter and Cessna Aircraft, reported overall revenues of $2.6 billion for the second quarter, down from $2.8 billion in the same period last year. The company noted that higher revenues at Bell, as well as at its Fastening Systems and Industrial and Finance segments, were offset by lower revenues at Cessna. Cessna revenues and profits decreased $282 million and $55 million respectively.
Republic Airways CEO Bryan Bedford’s characterization of the Chautauqua Airlines pilots’ vote in favor of US Airways’ “Jets for Jobs” arrangement as “a day late and a dollar short” prompted Teamsters Local 747 representatives to mail strike ballots to the 700-strong pilot group. The union planned to count the ballots on June 20.
NetJets pilots last month voted to switch union representation from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP), an in-house group. The final results, released July 1, show that of the 81.7 percent of eligible NetJets pilots who participated in the vote, 97.7 percent opted for the NJASAP while 2.3 percent chose the IBT.
Equipment and systems supplier Hamilton Sundstrand has announced pre-show product-support agreements worth almost $350 million. It also won contracts to supply power controllers for the Airbus A350 and control systems for Pratt & Whitney’s PW810C and PW1000G engines. The company’s NP2000 propeller is flying test missions on a C-130, while its propeller for the Airbus A400M spins on another C-130 test bed.