Category Archives: Air Wisconsin

Air Wisconsin Airlines announces a new pilot contract

Air Wisconsin Airlines has announced that its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), ratified a new three-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement by an overwhelming majority. The agreement will be implemented in the coming months in coordination with ALPA while certain provisions, including an initial wage rate increase, will take effect immediately. Additionally, the new agreement will continue to provide Air Wisconsin pilots with an unmatched combination of quality of life, work rules, benefits and pay.

Pilot career progression is extremely important for today’s professional pilots; notably in February 2018, Air Wisconsin became an exclusive United Airlines Express carrier through a long-term capacity purchase agreement with United Airlines. This exclusive relationship provides the pilots of Air Wisconsin a clearly defined pathway opportunity to the United Mainline flight deck via the United Aviate Program. This is an exciting program that efficiently enables prospective and current Air Wisconsin pilots an unmatched opportunity to become an aviator with United Airlines and the largest fleet of wide-body aircraft in North America.  Air Wisconsin anticipates hiring 300 pilots in 2020 as it continues to grow its professional pilot ranks while supporting the United Mainline Aviate program.

Air Wisconsin flight attendants say negotiations are at an impasse, ask government to impose deadline on talks

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) representing United Express carrier Air Wisconsin flight attendants has petitioned the National Mediation Board for a proffer of arbitration/release from mediation, which could start the clock for a potential flight attendant strike 30 days later.

“Enough! Flight Attendants are living in poverty while airlines are making billions off their backs,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson. “The aviation scam of the century is undervaluing Flight Attendants and other workers at regionals who provide the backbone service of mainline networks. The Air Wisconsin story is among the worst example of this with first year flight attendants making as little as $15,000 a year and others who have gone without a raise for 12 years are no longer able to keep up. Flight attendants have voted 99 percent to strike, if necessary, and today we are formally requesting a release from mediation to move these negotiations to conclusion. This is our number one contract fight.”

In a letter submitted to the National Mediation Board (NMB), AFA said it believes a proffer of arbitration and release from mediation is necessary to move the parties to agreement. The next step under the statute is a 30-day cooling-off period that ends with a strike deadline.

Today, Air Wisconsin flight attendants are demonstrating at Washington Dulles International Airport. They are joined by AFA union leaders, flight attendants from across the country and labor allies in the region.

“What happens at one airline, affects us all and Flight Attendants across the industry are standing with Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants for a fair contract,” Nelson stated.

 

Flight attendant negotiations at Air Wisconsin have been overseen by the National Mediation Board since 2017. In November 2018, Air Wisconsin flight attendants voted by 99 percent to authorize a strike. AFA has a trademarked strike strategy known as CHAOS or Create Havoc Around Our System™. With CHAOS, a strike could affect the entire system, a single airport, or a single flight. The union decides when, where and how to strike without notice to management or passengers.

Air Wisconsin is a regional airline, headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin operating CRJ-200 regional jets. Air Wisconsin previously operated as an American Eagle regional air carrier. As of March 2018, Air Wisconsin operates exclusively as a United Express regional air carrier.

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Air Wisconsin flight attendants authorize a strike

Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today voted 99 percent to authorize a strike. Air Wisconsin provides regional air service for United Airlines.

“Enough is enough. Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants are ready to do whatever it takes to get a new contract. We have made every sacrifice to ensure the stability of the airline while management refuses to offer meaningful pay and work rule improvements. Higher pay, no more delay!” said Ernie Lazernick, AFA Air Wisconsin President.

Negotiations began in July 2016 and are overseen by the National Mediation Board. No future negotiations sessions have been scheduled at this time. Lack of progress could lead to the National Mediation Board (NMB) declaring that negotiations are deadlocked and releasing both parties into a 30-day “cooling off” period leading to a strike deadline. AFA has a trademarked strike strategy known as CHAOS or Create Havoc Around Our System™. With CHAOS, a strike could affect the entire system or a single flight. The union decides when, where and how to strike without notice to management or passengers.

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Air Wisconsin celebrates 53 years of flying

Air Wisconsin Airlines made this announcement on social media:

53 years ago on August 23, 1965, we began operations and flew for the first time.

On August 23, 1965, we had 2 nine-passenger de Havilland Doves, 3 pilots, 17 station employees and big dreams for the future.

Happy Anniversary! Thank you to everyone who got us here.

Today Air Wisconsin flies to approximately 70 cities throughout North America with an estimated 6 million passengers a year.

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Air Wisconsin to open a crew base at Columbia, SC

Air Wisconsin (United Express) (Appleton, WI) has announced it will open a new flight crew base at Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) starting on October 1, 2018.

Columbia is already a maintenance base for the carrier’s CRJ200 fleet.

About 150 jobs will be created.

Air Wisconsin serves Columbia with daily United Express flights to United hubs at Chicago (O’Hare) and Washington (Dulles).

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Air Wisconsin Airlines announces a new maintenance base facility at Appleton International Airport

Air Wisconsin Airlines, operating as United Express on behalf of United Airlines, has announced plans in conjunction with Appleton International Airport and Outagamie County, WI to build a new aircraft maintenance base facility in Appleton. This new facility will be located near the north-west area of the airfield and will have approximately 30,000 square feet of hangar space in addition to 7,000 square feet of office and maintenance support space. Construction of the new state-of-the-art-hangar, which will house up to four regional jets, will commence in early July and will be completed by the end of this year.

The new maintenance facility will add 80 new high paying jobs at Air Wisconsin over the next six months, including the addition of A&P and Avionics Technicians to maintain and accommodate more aircraft as a result of the growth in United Express flights operating into Appleton. Air Wisconsin is offering new A&P and Avionics Technicians bonuses up to $4,500 at the Appleton maintenance base. Additional Maintenance Controllers are also being added and these positions are eligible for $15,000bonuses with a two year commitment.

Wisconsin holds a special place in Air Wisconsin’s 53 year history,” said Christine Deister, President and CEO. “We are proud and delighted to be growing our airline’s team in our home state, and investing in our local communities by creating more high-paying jobs with great benefits. The significant increase in our United Express flights serving Appleton and the Fox Cities is indicative of the growth in the local economy, and the need to support that growth by providing increased access to convenient air transportation within the U.S. and world-wide on United Airlines for both business and leisure travelers.”

The company is also growing their Milwaukee maintenance base located at General Mitchell International Airport and recently renovated their Dayton maintenance base. The renovation supports the added aircraft and movement of the Maintenance Training Operations Center to the base at Dayton International Airport. Air Wisconsin is offering new A&P and Avionics Technicians up to $14,500in bonuses in both Dayton and Milwaukee.

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Air Wisconsin operates its last flight as an American Eagle carrier

Air Wisconsin on February 14 operated its last flight for American Airlines as an American Eagle carrier.

The airline new exclusively operated for United Airlines and an United Express carrier.

The carrier announced the last flight American Eagle flight was flight ZW 4179 from Philadelphia to Norfolk with Bombardier CRJ200 N465AW on social media:

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