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American Airlines is closing its San Francisco crew base and asking 400 flight attendants to leave California or leave the airlineAmerican Airlines is closing its San Francisco base, potentially displacing 400 flight attendants. Two-thirds have worked for the airline for 13 years or more, according to union calculations. 10 flight attendants told Insider a myriad of factors make it difficult to leave the Bay Area. The mass email hit some flight attendants' inboxes mid-flight. "Today it's with great regret that I let you know about our decision to close the SFO flight attendant base," American Airlines… (www.msn.com) More...
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This is old news that came out in September. SFO/SJC fell off of American’s radar a long time ago and the American West management, that now runs American, thinks they are better served using PHX as a hub. With the exception of DFW, American’s hubs and focus cities, like LAX, ORD, JFK and LGA, are disappearing while it’s American West/USAir management team concentrates on their familiar hubs of PHL/CLT/PHX. California has one of the strongest economies in the world which is why Delta, United and Southwest are expanding while the crack team at AA pulls away. My guess is the sharp leadership team at AA didn’t know they had a crew base in SFO or they would have closed it sooner.
The primary reason I chose not to enter the commercial piloting career. Low starting pay, a long climb up the seniority ladder, poor choice of routes and the standby was just not worth the pain to my wife and children. An advanced degree and a stable career was much more rewarding. Flying I could do anytime I wanted in a C172.
This was true in the 80s-2018 but now at least at UA, pilots are upgrading to Capt. in one year. Starting pay is over 100K and Wide Body Captain is close to $500K. I’m not sure what job out there, that only requires a HS degree, pays that well. Times have changed.
There are no senior wide body captains at any airline making $500k with a mere high school diploma. That is total BS.
bullshit much ?
this article is less about california law than it is about american airlines obligations to employees when closing a crew base and job security and transfers that result from same. If these flight attendents are really that senior, then they could bump other folks in other hub cities, especially LA .