The Facts: ExpressJet’s hourly pay falls behind much of the competition. That makes sense, as management has not shown that they value their work groups. Captain hourly pay is in the bottom 50% of the industry, and First Officer hourly pay lags behind the industry leader, Endeavor, by $10-15/hour. In addition, part of an ExpressJet pilot’s annual pay, up to $8,000-$10,000, is “deferred” and paid quarterly, and is subject to proration based on how many hours you fly each quarter—not ideal.
ExpressJet Says “Better Work Rules”
The Facts: Last year, management made a written promise to ExpressJet pilots to improve their contract this year after the purchase by ManaAir was complete; however, they have not shown that they value their work groups. Management used this promise to persuade ExpressJet pilots to vote for a rushed contract. The pilots voted in favor of the contract in order to help secure a better future for the airline, but that sacrifice doesn’t look like it will be recognized or rewarded anytime soon as our purchase has only been accompanied by low morale, a struggling operation, and a new management philosophy intent on squeezing every ounce of productivity out of ExpressJet employees, drastically reducing quality of life for ExpressJet pilots. Meanwhile, American Airlines has been investing significantly into PSA, Envoy and Piedmont’s operations (on top of their industry-leading flow to American Airlines) in order to attract and retain pilots there. It might be time to add an alternate to your career plan.
ExpressJet Says “Class Dates Available!”
The Facts: While ExpressJet is running regular new hire classes, the ExpressJet training center has been overwhelmed, mismanaged and short on instructors. In fact, as of December 2019, of the 464 pilots hired in 2019, only 224 have completed training! New hires are often sent home in the middle of training for weeks at a time. This extends the new hire training footprint, reduces a pilot’s ability to effectively learn and dramatically increases the time it takes to become a qualified line pilot.
ExpressJet Says “Join Our Growing Operation”
The Facts: High attrition, much of that due to the deteriorating quality of life ExpressJet pilots have experienced in recent years, resulted in ExpressJet finishing 2019 with 199 fewer pilots flying the line than at the beginning of the year. In fact, ExpressJet has been a shrinking airline for several years. While we currently have 95 EMB-145s on property, we are only able to staff 65 of those. The severe short-staffing situation forces Crew Scheduling to scramble to cover flying, often by forcing pilots to fly into their awarded days off, particularly in the busy Summer flying months.
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