When I first learned this, I wondered whose generosity was at the heart of this move. Mesa's press release made it clear: "Mesa is pleased to communicate this opportunity to our pilots and is thankful to United for expanding the program's transition eligibility requirements."
How nice of United. And how convenient that Mesa pilots and United Airlines pilots are represented by the same union, the Air Line Pilots Association.
I wonder, though, how an American Airlines customer might feel if they knew a United Airlines trainee was flying them.
Or, indeed, how American Airlines itself feels. With my customary naïveté, I asked the airline for its view, but haven't yet heard.
And what of the pilots at American itself? Might they see this development as another one in the eye for the airline?
American Airlines pilots' union has long been besmirching the airline's image -- and alleged reality. They claim American's management simply isn't up to the task of managing through a post-pandemic customer surge.