As a little kid, I was addicted to traveling. I remember playing softball & missing a ball because I was watching a Britt Fokker 27 fly overhead and flipping out when I discovered Flight Simulator (this is back in the days of MS Dos and 3.5″ and 5.25″ floppy disks!). As I got older, I joined Civil Air Patrol and started taking flying lessons. High school helped me land an internship where I found myself working with the Director of Marketing of an airline – assisting with the website and a political issue in Chicago, and by 18 I got a job at the local airport with the same airline. Speed ahead 14 years and I reached the pinnacle of my “dream” and found out that I hated it – I got to run an airline. I know, how many of us get to manage an airline? Well, its not fun. I was working 18 hour days and was on the road for 244 days in one year (I only know this after a bet from friends after watching Up In The Air). The way I always wanted to do things wasn’t always possible – be it financial limitations, government regulations, operational issues, and even personnel. I don’t mean to down anyones dreams, but management isn’t all its cut out to be and for me, I chose quality of life over anything and now work in the government sector in the state of Alaska.
Ever since, I’ve felt that my knowledge of EAS is going to waste and after discussing my desires with a few friends, this blog appeared!. I do miss handling sales & marketing for regional airlines, it was a very fun & interesting time in my life, but also taught me about regional economies and the importance of regional air service. It was probably the most enjoyable time of my life… I recall in one bid I had to drive over 500 miles in 2 days for 3 different EAS meetings!
I am not really here to garner business as a consultant – I really enjoy my free time and offer my free advice (to a limit) on places like LinkedIn, Airliners.net, etc, but I’m not interested in working full time for an airline moving forward.
My posts here are mine, and mine alone. I treat all airline bids the same, and will criticize or praise when appropriate. I do my best to remain as unbiased as I can, even on bids put together by my past clients & employers. I do work for Mokulele Airlines in Hawai’i, and have been working with them since 2007. My duties have ranged from advising the CEO, to duties including revenue management, sales & marketing, agent training, overseeing Radixx, doing interline/employee travel/pass bureau, overseeing codeshare & frequent flyer implementation, writing manuals, and training new managers/executives. I don’t write about them as the carrier doesn’t bid on EAS, but I do write about Hawai’i.
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