reply to post by scarletm
scarletm, you're missing an important fact here....
Several have mentioned the fuel savings, from the 'groundings'....that's kind of like saying, if the railroads stopped running, they'd save fuel,
and save money. Or, if the Truckers stopped, they'd save fuel, and save money. Do you see how silly this idea is???
A railroad, a trucking company, an airline, they are all in the business of TRANSPORTING commodities for profit. PART of the cost of doing this
business, is the 'overhead', and one component of 'overhead' costs is fuel, of course. [adding text] AND, rent still has to be paid on the
physical buildings, there are mortgages and utilities, etc.....
If you park a truck, or a train, or an airplane.....the other overhead doesn't go away!!
There are employee salaries to keep paying, especially since, in the case of airlines, at least, they are heavily Unionized, so every Union Member at
AA had to be paid, every Pilot, every F/A and every Mechanic....and I don't know about their Ground Staff, if they are Union as well....guess
PLUS.....the airline had to eat all of the costs of accomodations, and meal expenses, plus the re-booking on other carriers (granted, there is a
discount among carriers, but it is still lost revenue).
No, this was a 'hand-slap', plain and simple. Not just any old 'hand-slap', it was designed to CYA a lot of FAA upper-level types, because they
had got caught getting too 'cozy' with the airlines, primarily in the Dallas Office, which oversees not only AA but SouthWest as well....this is a
POLITICAL event, and a terrible burden on shareholders and employees, and of course, passengers....but it is all POLITICAL, not a conspiracy!!!
IT is CYA....by the FAA. Just read the papers, know a little about the inside, and you will understand!!
Look, if you have a career in Gov't, say at the FAA, then you already know you can't be fired. SO, you manipulate your way into the higher GS pay
grades, to help yourself in retirement. ANYone who works in Gov't knows how this game is played!!!!
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