Executives don't care about the pilots' bickering: Do I feel David Braid should be in trouble? Absolutely not. But what people are forgetting is that . . . this was all management's decision. [Top officials couldn't] care less about the two groups' arguing.


Danny Holycross, Phoenix

Where's the truth?: I only hope that the actual hatchet used by Sarah Fenske in her laughably distorted news article on the US Airways pilot-integration mess is not the one used by George Washington. George's hatchet is forever associated with truth-telling, and there was very little truth to be found in Fenske's writing.

If your newspaper would like to have a balanced view, perhaps contacting Arnie Gentile at USAPA might be a good start?
Elwood Menear, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

Overpaid bus drivers?: Boo-hoo. A bunch of overpaid bus drivers whining about pay. Cry me a river. Those planes can take off, fly, and land by themselves. The only thing pilots are there for are to make out with the stews. Have fun with your unions.
Rogelio Martinez, Phoenix

Why should America West pilots sacrifice their careers?: Seems to me the perpetually furloughed US Airways pilots want the America West pilots to make their careers whole.

US Airways had pilots on furlough during the glory days of the late '90s, when airlines were printing money. If you were furloughed from US Airways at that time and stuck around expecting recall, blame no one but yourself for bad career decisions.

Before the "merger," I couldn't read any industry publication that wasn't speculating about the impending demise of US Airways. And make no mistake, coming out of the summer of '05, no one in the industry expected it to see '06.

The US Airways people have selective amnesia as to what the state of their airline was in '05. Pilots in the industry blame them for three pay cuts and concession after concession. US Airways pilots have lowered the bar — when given the opportunity.

I fail to see why the America West pilots should sacrifice their careers to make the stagnated careers of the US Airways pilots whole. There is overcapacity in the industry; perhaps if US Airways had failed in '05, as it should have, the industry wouldn't be as much of a basket case as it is these days.

But it didn't fail; it managed to convince investors that this would be a great idea, much to the detriment of the rest of the industry.

We lost Pan Am and Eastern during the last industry downturn, why not US Airways? What is so special about this carrier that merits its continued existence? Nothing. Hopefully it'll be the next airline to shut down.
Name withheld

US Airways should've shut down in 2005: Let me see if I have this straight: US Airways pilots agree to binding arbitration and when the arbitrator's decision isn't to their liking, they try for a do-over by replacing the collective bargaining agent?

Wow! Just wow!

I suppose that when a professional athlete goes to binding arbitration on salary, he can replace his agent and get a do-over if he doesn't like the arbitrator's decision.

I'd like to see what would happen to US Airways if it tries to fire the former America West pilots en masse for non-payment of union dues. Maybe US Airways should have shut down three years ago. Who knows? Maybe the company is worth more in pieces. Something to think about.
Name withheld

Arbitrator's word should stand: Glad this story has been publicized in detail. While not wanting to take sides, I will say that once you have agreed to arbitration, then you must then accept the arbitrator's ruling. End of story.

That said, I can't see not letting either side ride my jump seat. Jump-seat access is at a captain's discretion, and the reasons one might deny that access have nothing to do with internal company disputes.

I am an ALPA member and, at times, a commuting pilot who very much appreciates the accommodation and professionalism shown to me by each of these groups whenever I am onboard, whether in the cabin or cockpit.
Name withheld

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Unkown
Unkown

I think its time that we got rid of Arpio. He treats everyone as if they were dogs! He must be the head leader of the KKK!!!

Its time to get rid of the OLD and in in with the GOOD! Please do something good for Maricopa this November and vote him OUT!

Eve
Eve

This is crazy....I even experience this by mcso for being a transgender individual... its sad. and nothing happens to them.

Bernard
Bernard

Its a shame we must put up with so much crime. Hopefully we will someday have less of a criminal element in the world.

 
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