As the sustained pilot labor crisis tightens its stranglehold on the industry, NJASAP shares a powerful video that not only emphasizes the truth of the continuing crisis, but also celebrates the power of lawful collective activity: NJASAP members are undeterred in their efforts to restore the luster that once distinguished NetJets as a career destination carrier.
Watch it here ... https://bit.ly/42sv0Nw
At a time when mainline and regional carriers are taking proactive steps to attract and to retain pilot talent, NetJets executives have, instead, opted to issue a GAG ORDER to prevent NJASAP members from simply directing NetJets owners and customers to this website. In today's edition of The Wall Street Journal, NJASAP writes an open letter to NetJets clientele to address this very regrettable move on the brand's part.
How sad that NetJets management views silencing crews as a more valuable use of its time than honing its competitive edge amid a sustained pilot labor crisis.
The job of being a NetJets pilot is not for the faint of heart: It demands extraordinary skill, expertise and passion for the craft. In today’s edition of The Wall Street Journal, NJASAP speaks to this awesome responsibility that takes a NetJets pilot to 20 times as many airports – several of which are uncontrolled fields in remote locations with unique risks – as their Part 121 peer.
NetJets has a responsibility to ensure our pilot group is comprised of talented aviators, and right now, NJASAP believes the Executive Management Team has significant work to do in that regard. For NetJets to maintain a pilot force with unmatched experience and proficiency in today’s increasingly competitive environment, it must take bold steps. Otherwise, it risks becoming a stepping stone for the next generation of aviators.
COLUMBUS – The pilot shortage continues to tighten its grip on the marketplace, and yet the NetJets Executive Management Team refuses to take proactive steps to attract and to retain increasingly scarce pilot talent – a misstep that has emerged as a foremost concern for the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP). A professional labor advocate, NJASAP represents the interests of the 2,900-plus pilots who fly in the service of NetJets Aviation Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) subsidiary.
“We are watching management teams across the industry – from legacy carriers to ultra-low-cost carriers – take bold steps to reinforce their competitive footing for top pilot talent,” NJASAP President Capt. Pedro Leroux said. “We fear NetJets’s intransigence on this industry-shaping moment will have very serious consequences for the brand’s ability to deliver the unparalleled safety and service product for which our customers pay a premium.”
Indeed, maintaining its status as a career destination carrier is vital to NetJets’s continued dominance as the global leader in the fractional air transportation sector – a position rooted in the promise of a safe, dynamic and reliable product. Providing service to more than 5,000 airports across 200-plus countries and territories around the globe confirms NetJets supports the most dynamic operational environment on the planet. Compare those statistics to the legacy carriers that provide service, on average, to 262 destinations.
“NetJets stands alone here,” Leroux commented. “The unsurpassed number and location of the airports that NetJets services requires a pilot force with unmatched experience and proficiency.” A NetJets pilot performs flight operations into 20 times as many airports as his or her major airline peer, demanding a far more expansive skill set developed across many years of practical application.
The calculus is simple, Leroux continued: “NetJets owners and customers deserve more than flying in the back of a flight school aircraft. Unless the fractional takes aggressive steps to pursue and to retain the best aviators in the marketplace, what was once the pinnacle of an aviator’s career will transition into a stepping stone toward the nation’s Part 121 carriers.”
Read the news release on PRNewswire.
Founded in 2008 as an independent labor advocate, the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) represents the professional interests of the 2,950-plus pilots who fly in the service of NetJets Aviation, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary. For more information, please visit our web sites, www.njasap.com and www.genuineqs.com, or find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/njasap, and Twitter, @njasap.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the NetJets CEO penned a letter to share his thoughts on the status of the labor-management relationship and the now-suspended mid-term bargaining initiative. NJASAP President Capt. Pedro Leroux authored a response that was shared with the Membership yesterday afternoon ...
It took three pickets with many more to come (#OMAHA23), mobile and stationary billboards deployed in Columbus and beyond, an owner-facing website, a lanyard campaign and an ad in The Wall Street Journal, but it would seem NJASAP has finally gotten the AWOL CEO’s attention. There is quite a bit to wade through in his Tuesday evening letter – a correspondence that was obviously written to divide and conquer – a tired tactic of a management-led FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) campaign.
The NJASAP Membership is watching as our mainline and regional peers ratify one collective bargaining agreement after another that resets the bar for wages, benefits and working conditions across the industry. This moment of unprecedented gains is in direct response to the continued tightening of the pilot labor market – a reality the NetJets Executive Management Team (EMT) has yet to acknowledge. NJASAP does not share management’s laissez-faire attitude toward this moment, and we will not stand by meekly, watching the career destination we have built mutate into a pilot proving ground for the nation’s legacy carriers. We have earned far better than that, and we are using this first advertisement in The Wall Street Journal to remind our owners they are paying a premium for a luxury service that is quickly reaching a crossroads.
The ad represents the culmination of more than 16 months of fruitless conversations with an EMT that has turned a deaf ear and blind eye to the crisis that is the pilot labor shortage. Certainly this is a mystery to us because management has audacious plans for the business from the standpoints of hiring 800-plus pilots and adding ~180 aircraft to the fleet through 2024. While NJASAP supports and applauds smart growth, we cannot understand how management expects to achieve its lofty ambitions without taking the steps to secure the pilot workforce required to support the robust operation it envisions. #NotCompetitive
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