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Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Sun May 12, 2019 3:10 am

It may be anecdotal, but it looks like Express Jet is having worsening crew issues out of Houston. Any little irreg op situation and it seems to cascade into the next day. I am suspicious that it has now gone past the point of just weather as I am seeing serial cancellations at my station (SHV) even on good weather days.


I'm not even sure how UAL can or will fix this. I've noticed more Skywest and Mesa flying entering the schedule. Is Express Jet doomed or just waiting on a fresh class of pilots?
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Sun May 12, 2019 3:12 am

They've been having crew shortages for a while now and have preemptively been cancelling flights, especially out of ewr, b/c of crew shortage for the past month.
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Sun May 12, 2019 3:19 am

Curious....will the regionals ever open up to foreign labor to help the shortage?.... the majors are good because they take away from the regionals but nobody is replacing those pilots
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Sun May 12, 2019 3:35 am

US airlines already hire pilots that are not US citizens.
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Sun May 12, 2019 3:39 am

TropicalSky wrote:
Curious....will the regionals ever open up to foreign labor to help the shortage?.... the majors are good because they take away from the regionals but nobody is replacing those pilots


It isn't needed for ExpressJet. They were a dead airline walking up and couldn't fill classes until the E175's were announced but now they are running huge classes. The problem is that there are only so many sims so it is taking a bit for these new hires to hit the line then the operation will be back to normal.

I am currently a commercial pilot student in Phoenix and every flight school here is busting at the seems with new pilots getting into the career and the only airlines having shortages are garbage companies not worth working for (ExpressJet fit this classification before it was bought by United this year). I know that Skywest and Mesa have some Australian pilots but I think that is about it for foreign pilots that need a visa sponsor.
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Sun May 12, 2019 4:11 am

Thanks for the informative reply


SierraPacific wrote:
TropicalSky wrote:
Curious....will the regionals ever open up to foreign labor to help the shortage?.... the majors are good because they take away from the regionals but nobody is replacing those pilots


It isn't needed for ExpressJet. They were a dead airline walking up and couldn't fill classes until the E175's were announced but now they are running huge classes. The problem is that there are only so many sims so it is taking a bit for these new hires to hit the line then the operation will be back to normal.

I am currently a commercial pilot student in Phoenix and every flight school here is busting at the seems with new pilots getting into the career and the only airlines having shortages are garbage companies not worth working for (ExpressJet fit this classification before it was bought by United this year). I know that Skywest and Mesa have some Australian pilots but I think that is about it for foreign pilots that need a visa sponsor.
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Sun May 12, 2019 5:59 am

SierraPacific wrote:
TropicalSky wrote:
Curious....will the regionals ever open up to foreign labor to help the shortage?.... the majors are good because they take away from the regionals but nobody is replacing those pilots


It isn't needed for ExpressJet. They were a dead airline walking up and couldn't fill classes until the E175's were announced but now they are running huge classes. The problem is that there are only so many sims so it is taking a bit for these new hires to hit the line then the operation will be back to normal.

I am currently a commercial pilot student in Phoenix and every flight school here is busting at the seems with new pilots getting into the career and the only airlines having shortages are garbage companies not worth working for (ExpressJet fit this classification before it was bought by United this year). I know that Skywest and Mesa have some Australian pilots but I think that is about it for foreign pilots that need a visa sponsor.


ExpressJet a garbage company? Tell me which regional you’ve worked for. Which ones aren’t garbage companies?
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Sun May 12, 2019 5:52 pm

n6238p wrote:
SierraPacific wrote:
TropicalSky wrote:
Curious....will the regionals ever open up to foreign labor to help the shortage?.... the majors are good because they take away from the regionals but nobody is replacing those pilots


It isn't needed for ExpressJet. They were a dead airline walking up and couldn't fill classes until the E175's were announced but now they are running huge classes. The problem is that there are only so many sims so it is taking a bit for these new hires to hit the line then the operation will be back to normal.

I am currently a commercial pilot student in Phoenix and every flight school here is busting at the seems with new pilots getting into the career and the only airlines having shortages are garbage companies not worth working for (ExpressJet fit this classification before it was bought by United this year). I know that Skywest and Mesa have some Australian pilots but I think that is about it for foreign pilots that need a visa sponsor.


ExpressJet a garbage company? Tell me which regional you’ve worked for. Which ones aren’t garbage companies?


So a company that had 10+ year upgrades, no future, and was owned by another airline hell-bent on destroying it doesn't make it a garbage company to work for relative the other regionals? I do agree with you on the fact all regionals suck just some more than others.

I am extremely happy to see that ExpressJet is back since they have awesome crews and have gone through a ton in the past 5 years but on the other hand, it's not hard to see why they had recruitment issues.
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Sun May 12, 2019 8:55 pm

SierraPacific wrote:
(ExpressJet fit this classification before it was bought by United this year).


United didn't buy ExpressJet. A company called ManaAir, LLC bought it from SkyWest last December.
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Sun May 12, 2019 9:20 pm

JBo wrote:
SierraPacific wrote:
(ExpressJet fit this classification before it was bought by United this year).


United didn't buy ExpressJet. A company called ManaAir, LLC bought it from SkyWest last December.


Yes but ManaAir is a United Airlines venture. So while it is technically another company, it’s closely related to United.
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Sun May 12, 2019 9:44 pm

TropicalSky wrote:
Curious....will the regionals ever open up to foreign labor to help the shortage?.... the majors are good because they take away from the regionals but nobody is replacing those pilots



That's the last thing we need.

Low wages created this shortage. There needs to be some pain felt by the companies that are used to abusing pilots to fix the problem.
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Wed May 15, 2019 4:01 pm

JBo wrote:
SierraPacific wrote:
(ExpressJet fit this classification before it was bought by United this year).


United didn't buy ExpressJet. A company called ManaAir, LLC bought it from SkyWest last December.


ManaAir is just a shell company for United. There are contractual obligations that would be trigged with one or more of the currents CBA's at United if they were to acquire a regional airline directly. "ManaAir" doesn't even have a basic website and that should tell you a lot. The below-linked article does a good job of explaining everything.

https://crankyflier.com/2018/12/20/ther ... mplicated/
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Wed May 15, 2019 4:09 pm

Its funny how crews make less than ever but CEOs make more than ever... where could the problem be?
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Wed May 15, 2019 4:20 pm

santi319 wrote:
Its funny how crews make less than ever but CEOs make more than ever... where could the problem be?

The problem is with the United States and its capitalism. Profits over people. That's the American way.
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Wed May 15, 2019 5:19 pm

Scarebus34 wrote:
santi319 wrote:
Its funny how crews make less than ever but CEOs make more than ever... where could the problem be?

The problem is with the United States and its capitalism. Profits over people. That's the American way.


No one is forced to be a pilot. If you can't make enough money being a pilot for a regional, get another job. If enough would-be pilots opted out, the law of supply and demand would kick in and wages for starting pilots would go up. If Express Jet is running full classes, that must mean that a bunch of people want to be pilots enough to put up with the low wages until they can upgrade to a mainline carrier.

Socialism would not cure the shortage of qualified pilots.
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Wed May 15, 2019 5:38 pm

rssgvegas wrote:
They've been having crew shortages for a while now and have preemptively been cancelling flights, especially out of ewr, b/c of crew shortage for the past month.


UA has been shifting some flights to Comutair to help with the shortage.
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Wed May 15, 2019 8:14 pm

Republic has been picking up the slack for ExpressJet’s pathetic reliability for awhile now.
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Wed May 15, 2019 8:15 pm

santi319 wrote:
Its funny how crews make less than ever but CEOs make more than ever... where could the problem be?


Crews make less than ever? What? Regional wages have doubled over the last 5+ years....
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Wed May 15, 2019 8:20 pm

INFINITI329 wrote:
JBo wrote:
SierraPacific wrote:
(ExpressJet fit this classification before it was bought by United this year).


United didn't buy ExpressJet. A company called ManaAir, LLC bought it from SkyWest last December.


ManaAir is just a shell company for United.


Everything I can find points to United as a minority owner of ManaAir.
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Wed May 15, 2019 10:37 pm

KCaviator wrote:
santi319 wrote:
Its funny how crews make less than ever but CEOs make more than ever... where could the problem be?


Crews make less than ever? What? Regional wages have doubled over the last 5+ years....

For some parts
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Thu May 16, 2019 5:11 pm

MIflyer12 wrote:
INFINITI329 wrote:
JBo wrote:

United didn't buy ExpressJet. A company called ManaAir, LLC bought it from SkyWest last December.


ManaAir is just a shell company for United.


Everything I can find points to United as a minority owner of ManaAir.


Yes, they need it to look that way on paper. Follow the shells and attempt to show you how bogus this is.

1. Mana Air LLC is a joint venture between United Airlines and KAir Enterprises.

2. KAir Enterprises was founded in 11/2018.

3. ExpressJet was bought in 12/2018 for $70 Million. (How do you to raise that much capital in a month with a startup? )

4. KAir Enterprises has a Gergoia LLC. This listed business address is to a home in Atlanta, GA. The home in question belongs to Subodh Karnik. The former CEO of Commut Air. The same Commut Air that United owns 40% of.

5. Neither KAir Enterprises or Mana Air LLC has even a basic website

6. Mana Air LLC registered state is unknown. No return in the Texas, Georgia, Colorado, Illinois or Ohio databases

7. United may legally own less than 51% but I believe they pull 100% of the strings at both Commut Air & Expressjet.
 
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Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Fri May 17, 2019 2:34 am

MIflyer12 wrote:
INFINITI329 wrote:
JBo wrote:

United didn't buy ExpressJet. A company called ManaAir, LLC bought it from SkyWest last December.


ManaAir is just a shell company for United.


Everything I can find points to United as a minority owner of ManaAir.

Which just means they only own 49%
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