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United to Hire 2,000 Flight Attendants

First the good news:  Things are looking up at United.  They announced yesterday that they plan to hire 2,000 flight attendants, the first hires since 9/11.

Now the bad news:  Starting flight attendants working a normal 75 hour/month schedule will make about $16,000.  You cannot live in Chicago or Washington, DC, on $16,000 in case you were wondering. 

But don’t worry, they’ll be passing the savings on to you.

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  1. 75h/month? So that comes to about $35,000 if they worked 40h/wk which, while not a huge salary is certainly more reasonable. I was going to make a teachers work 180 days/year analogy but don’t want to have to check my back for assasins all weekend.

  2. Wait a moment….those 75 hours a month are flight hours only. A good trip might give you 17 hours worth of flight hours in 3 days. In 6 days the best you could end up with would be 30-35 hours and the FAA requires 1 day off after 6 days of flying. So theoretically you could fly 120 to 140 hours a month…if you only allowed yourself off 4 days the entire month. I think the slaves in Egypt had more days off than that.

  3. Wait a moment….those 75 hours a month are flight hours only. A good trip might give you 17 hours worth of flight hours in 3 days. In 6 days the best you could end up with would be 30-35 hours and the FAA requires 1 day off after 6 days of flying. So theoretically you could fly 120 to 140 hours a month…if you only allowed yourself off 4 days the entire month. I think the slaves in Egypt had more days off than that.

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