It would be an understatement to say that American Airlines' pilots are PO'd at management right now (that recent stock compensation boost certainly didn't help). But in a 5 June internal memo to membership, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) lambastes CEO Gerard Arpey for another reason - not flying American on a recent trip to San Juan.
According to a report that originated from members of APA's DCA domicile, Arpey flew to San Juan "to feel out prospects for further employee concessions and announce dramatic reductions in SJU flight operations", says the APA.
"To add insult to injury, Arpey reportedly flew from DFW to SJU and back in a private jet, versus enjoying the comfort and reliability of one of our three daily non-stops."
I don't know the reason behind Arpey's alleged decision to take a private flight, so I'll reserve any comment or judgement on the matter. But for its part, the APA sees it as "our CEO's vote of no confidence" in American's operations, and the union has created the following:
TOP 10 REASONS AMR CEO ARPEY WON'T FLY ON AA!
10. He refuses to fly on an airline that no longer offers peanuts.
9. Fearful he would be ejected in-flight by an angry mob of inconvenienced passengers.
8. Fearful he would be ejected in-flight by an angry mob of betrayed employees.
7. Fearful he would be ejected in-flight because his shoddy maintenance program results in a gaping fuselage hole.
6. Unlike any other passenger on American, he needs to arrive on time.
5. He refuses to pay the $15 bag fee.
4. On a private jet, he doesn't have to bring a "food taster"
3. AA employees have placed him on the "no fly" list.
2. He's implementing a new marketing logo: AA, Service SO Bad, the CEO Won't Fly with Us!
1. He isn't worth the fuel it would cost to fly him there.
Read the complete post at http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/runway-girl/2008/06/american-pilots-create-top-ten.html
Mon, Jun 9 2008 6:31 PM
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