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ExpressJet Supports Employees Who Make A Difference

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ExpressJet co-workers, Rose Morgan and Lo Lyons, prepare their team’s float for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure. (PRNewsFoto/ExpressJet)

Airline news has been particularly bleak this year as a rash of air carriers call it quits and as many other airlines struggle to survive. If you’re a regular visitor to CabinManagers, then you are familiar with the frequent reports of one airline after another going out of business.

In the midst of all of this, it is always good to find the occasional ray of light which manages to penetrate the darkness. One company, ExpressJet Airlines, has been shining a bright light lately, in the area of giving back to the community. The following story tells how several ExpressJet employees banded together for different worthy causes and made a difference in the process:

After she, her mother, and her aunt, were simultaneously diagnosed with breast cancer, Lyons sprang into action for the cause of early detection for all.

“This cause was close to me, and many of my closest friends are my co-workers,” said Lyons. “We formed a walking team and raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure. My company and my co-workers have been some of my greatest supporters.”

Employee morale at work also gets a boost from employee charitable efforts after hours.

“Today’s employees are concerned about whether the values of the company for which they work are compatible with their own personal viewpoints,” said business consultant Roger E. Herman.

Mark Silver, a retired Navy pilot and motorcycle enthusiast who flies for ExpressJet Airlines, joined the first annual Texas Honor Ride to raise money for wounded soldiers and their families. The group of motorcycle clubs rode across the state to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. With one email, Silver kick-started a movement that spread through the company.

“To be able to ride together, as a team, as co-workers, and to be able to give something back to those who gave us so much, truly made us proud of ExpressJet,” Silver said.

Kudos to ExpressJet for creating an environment where workers can make a difference whether they are at work or working together on their own time. For the complete article and tips on how to organize an event like the two mentioned here, please visit ExpressJet Airlines

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ExpressJet Remains Independent

Until 2002, ExpressJet was a unit of Continental Airlines before the airline was spun off in a public offering that raised $500 million. ExpressJet had received an offer in April 2008 from SkyWest Airlines

to buy ExpressJet at $3.50 per share, but that offer was rejected. Instead, ExpressJet renegotiated its regional service agreement with Continental and will provide 205 jets to serve Continental going forward.

Southwest Remains Best Loved Airline

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines, the budget air carrier who has been gradually and methodically transforming itself for decades into a national powerhouse, remains the best loved airline in the eyes of the business community. In a recent survey, Fortune magazine bested Continental Airlines as the most admired U.S. airline.

Thumbs Up For American Too

While the news for Southwest, Continental, and American (which also did well) was good, the flip side is that all four airlines which went through bankruptcy over the past several years brought up the rear. United, USAirways, Northwest and Delta were the least admired airlines as was SkyWest which hasn’t gone through bankruptcy. Many customers have been complaining that the service on these impacted airlines is deplorable something Southwest has been able to avoid.

Airlines Under Attack

The airlines have been under a relentless attack for many years now as higher fuel prices and the effects of airline deregulation close in. The terrorist attacks of September 2001 fueled the decline, putting even the strongest airlines in a grave position. Add in all of the security requirements and the removal of basic amenities and it is no wonder that passengers are unhappy.

Southwest has managed to buck the trend by offering a working environment many employees compare to family relationships. Unlike the management-employee polarization prevalent at most air carriers, Southwest has managed to cultivate and sustain a good working environment despite the added pressures. Indeed, Southwest has been profitable for 35 consecutive years, an unheard of feat in aviation.

Check Them Out

Although I haven’t included Southwest on the list of CabinManagers recommended airlines (for the simple reason that their starting pay is low) I can unequivocally say that they are perhaps the best airline to work for from an employee satisfaction standpoint. Unfortunately, Southwest isn’t hiring flight attendants right now nor are they accepting applications. Keep an eye on their career page

in the event that this should change.

Further Reading

He Gave Southwest Its Wings

Southwest CEO describes 2008’s challenges

Now Boarding Business Class

(Source: Dallas Morning News)

Logo copyright/courtesy of Southwest Airlines.