The sentiments displayed here are bittersweet and cut to the chase of conversations between airline employees aroud the world. Is the any real mileage in diluting the one ting that defines your company and sets it apart from others?
Archive for 2008
Interesting, this came as a mild surprise. We have had aircraft in common fit with QF for years but the much fabled merger never crossed the horizon. Now – who knows? As airlines worldwide are looking for creative ways to cut costs and find new opportunities all sorts of plans are coming out of the back-burner.
This is exploratory, it depends on so many factors aligning.
The is something eerie, ethereal – beautiful about this ‘airfish’ creation. The spontaneous applause in the hall says it all. Perhaps it is the crossover between the ocean and the air that pleases so much.
For anyone that has been a regular reader I do apologize for the lack of material being posted. I have been busy living my life and watching the fabric of our great industry being re-arranged. I will post again soon.
It is always great to read of someone who has made transformed their desires into reality. Desiree has done exactly that and not in the easiest of worlds. Rotary wing flying, in my experience anyway, has tended to be dominated by our ex-military brethren who have had huge figures spent on their training.
All this makes Desiree’s achievement impressive, couple that to her being ‘just a girl’ in a dangerous man’s world and you get an impression of how hard she has worked and what an investemnt she has put in – and puts in every working day. Hats off to Desiree!
I am beginning to feel like an obituaries column, fun stuff for a while now.
There has to be a bright side……
This comment from ATW demonstrates how rapidly demand and overcapacity can accentuate the ‘feast – famine’ cycle in pilot supply. Only a short time ago Air India and India generally were suffering a significant pilot shortage, now they offer furloughs and whistle in the dark over the short term.
One of my colleagues, an Indian ex-Kingfisher captain said at the height of the expansion and hiring frenzy in his home country that, “This will end in tears, there is a massive oversupply of capacity building that will collapse if the market slows.” He was right of course though what will happen in the medium turn is another matter.
Sir John Harvey-Jones (God rest his soul) maintained that recession, though painful, was very good for well constituted companies. He figured that market downturns sweep away the cowboys and inefficient ‘dead wood’ so that when hard times abate and the markets start to return to health, those ‘puckka’ companies left are well placed to forge ahead from a strong position. Let’s hope that not too many Indians fall by the wayside because if this recession bites hard, it may well be the Asian Tigers who once again lead the way out.
I don’t know if large flying machines ring your bell but if they do, this blog might pass a few minutes in a pleasing fashion. I had a ride in an airship from Cardington many years ago and to this day see a bright future for them now that Hydrogen has been taken out of the formula. Great fun to fly aboard and an entirely different pace to air travel. What a fantastic job!