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crew base eliminated in SEA - discussion today with FA on SEA-CVG route

crew base eliminated in SEA - discussion today with FA on SEA-CVG route

Old Mar 4, 03, 10:15 pm
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crew base eliminated in SEA - discussion today with FA on SEA-CVG route

I was on a SEA-CVG flight today and was speaking to the FA. She told me that as of the 1st of March Seattle is no longer a crew base. Is this just another phase in west coast reductions and eventual route elimination? IF the codeshare goes through I can see Delta abandoning Seattle and let it be served by Northwest.

She also told me that on her flight in from Atlanta on Monday night they had two marketing people on board with questionnaires for the passengers. She unfortunately did not have a copy for me.

I shared with her one of my form letters from customer care. The whole crew was disgusted by the generic no answer response. We got a good discussion going in first class about the changes (only 9 of 24 seats filled) and reviewed the Skymiles change brochure for everyone. Most people, including the flight attendants did not know how extensive the reductions were for all Medallion levels. Many promised to write letters.

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Old Mar 4, 03, 10:39 pm
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The following F/A bases are closing at the same time the SEA base closes:

Seattle, Portland, Houston, New Orleans and Chicago.

These closures make great business sense. They were all small(ish) bases and were remnants of the old days. Seattle was an old Western Airlines base. New Orleans, Houston and Chicago were from the old days when Delta didn't rely as heavily on the hub and spoke model. Portland was open to support the hub that never seemed to pan out. Unfortunately, the crews at these bases are pretty senior folks and didn't have alot of choices in where they could transfer to. Many were just assigned to the Delta New York base which is typically a very junior base for many airlines.

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