JetBlue’s pilots have formally voted ‘no confidence’ in the airline’s Senior Vice President for System Operations, after miserable flight operations and terrible recovery efforts in recent weeks and months.
Today, the @alpapilots of @Jetblue filed a formal vote of no confidence in the head of System Operations. His failed leadership represents a clear and present danger to the future of JetBlue Airways. #feelingblue #flightdelayshttps://t.co/Wc2C6LwLaf pic.twitter.com/hHTbvN9be2
— JetBlue MEC Communications Committee (@B6ALPA) April 25, 2022
This isn’t parliament. An airline executive who loses a no confidence vote isn’t honor-bound to resign.
I don’t have confidence in JetBlue operations either at this point. But the pilots union literally just ratified a contract with the airline this month. I don’t think the union comes off well here.
- Are they just discovering they have operational concerns with the airline in (checks notes) the past two and a half weeks? (In which case they don’t look very perceptive about their own airline)
- Or are they just engaging in cheap talk? (In which case their pronouncements can’t be read with much weight going forward).
Given that the contract was just voted on, perhaps they should have considered insisting on changes from the airline during that process? In other words, the issue with airline operations is something the union could have brought up YESTERDAY.
And talk about weak sauce, ALPA is focusing their ire, and seeking responsibility, from a… Senior Vice President.. and not from the airline’s CEO or President. Their vote of ‘no confidence’ doesn’t even call for the VP’s removal, just to ‘fix operational problems’.
In contrast, American Airlines pilots had a clear way of expressing no confidence in leadership during bankruptcy – slowdown, work-to-rule – back in fall 2012. That’s one of the things that made it harder for Tom Horton to stay on as CEO, and made it easier for Doug Parker’s US Airways to acquire the airline.
American unions ultimately, formally, threw in with the effort – a move they’ve come to regret. Horton was part of the Gerard Arpey era and trust with employees had been burned more than once making it hard for union leaders to see what was in their members’ best interests.