Contract talks between NetJets management and pilots broke down once again on September 12, three days shy of a scheduled 30-day marathon bargaining session. The pilots’ union negotiation committee said it walked out of the talks “because the company has continuously failed to respond to the union’s position regarding the pilot group’s bargaining thresholds,” namely salary expectations.
Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated is closing its Long Island, N.Y. and Columbus, Ohio facilities. The engine work at Long Island, as well as at Springfield, Ill., will move to company facilities in Augusta, Ga., Houston and Los Angeles. Long Island’s airframe work and Columbus’s avionics work will go to the company’s Springfield operation.
Four years after their contract became “amendable,” the unionized NetJets pilots may finally have a new work agreement. On October 8, the bargaining committee for pilots at Berkshire Hathaway-owned fractional provider NetJets reached a tentative agreement (TA) with the company.
Looking for a new Midwest gateway airport into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)? Look no further than Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio. As of August 24, Port Columbus is a Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) gateway, a designation that allows certain general aviation operations, including corporate and on-demand charter, to fly directly from Port Columbus to Washington National.
It appears that the informational picketing by NetJets pilots, who are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, is having the desired effect of putting pressure on company management to hammer out a new contract with the pilot workforce. On May 27 the pilots conducted simultaneous informational picketing sessions at Teterboro Airport, N.J., and West Palm Beach Airport, Fla.
First it was NetJets’ pilots who picketed and finally got a new labor contract; now it’s the fractional’s mechanics and other support personnel who last month began “informational picketing” at the company’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Their contract became renewable in January last year.
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., has signed a new sales and service agreement with Midwest Aircraft Products to provide cabin interior products such as hot and cold water containers, warming ovens, ice drawers, waste containers and carts. Duncan will stock common repair parts and will be able to repair and service most of the units provided by the Mansfield, Ohio-based supplier.
Ten years since it first offered fractional ownership outside the U.S., NetJets Europe (NJE) has reported the passing of two milestones in recent months. In March it signed its 1,000th customer and in June took delivery of its 100th aircraft.
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