A large number of aircraft that do not operate on any given day this week has pushed a harsh note to several hundred Southwest Airlines mechanics, including 80 in Las Vegas . 19659004] A letter from Lonnie Warren, Senior Director for Production of Southwest Technical Operations, described the situation of the airline as an "emergency of exploitation".
Chicago Business Journal reporter Lewis Lazar received a copy of the note on the day she first reported
The letter was sent to 277 mechanics in X & J, 167 mechanics in Orlando, 375 mechanics in Phoenix and another 80 in Las Vegas. All mechanics belong to the Brothers Association of Aircraft Engineers (AMFA).
Warren wrote in a note: "We were experiencing an extremely large number of unused aircraft in the past few days. Due to the number of unused planes, our work requires all of our planners and inspectors. We are committed to our clients and our employees to manage their business safely and effectively. "
The Southwest maintenance organization has called for the maximum number of mechanics available for work. On average, over the course of the day, the airline plans to unexpectedly decommission 20 planes for maintenance points. Each day this week, the percentage of off-duty airplanes in our existing fleet, which consists of about 750 aircraft, has increased more than twice the average daily rate without a general topic among the messages. To take care of our customers, we require all the services on the deck to handle maintenance so that we can immediately return the aircraft to service. At the same time, our operators planned to work in the background to minimize the impact on our customers.
– South West statement by Michelle Agnew
The airline is the most prolific carrier at McCarran International Airport, flying more than 15 million passengers in and out of Las Vegas every year. There is no specificity if the number of aircraft that were out of service has caused cancellations or delays in McCarran, reported News Company 3.
"On any day, service points and weather can lead to daily cancellation of the airline." Operation Agnew "The increase in the number of service points that we have experienced over the past few days has led to a slight increase in this number, but we do not have breakdowns for each city that is weather-related or service-related.
Mechanics are trying to discuss a new contract with the airline from August 2012. The Chicago Business Journal described the negotiations as controversial
"We remain unresponsive in our commitment to provide a new contract for our able-bodied mechanics," wrote Agne