Episode Description

Steve Kriese of the DCL Podcast swings by to share some of his thoughts as a pilot with Alaska Airlines regarding COVID-19 related effects on the airline industry, how it affects pilot working hours and conditions, and how the current crisis compares to what happened to air travel after 9/11.

We also chat about Alaska joining Oneworld and in our Final Boarding Call segment we discuss whether the cruise industry will survive this.

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Episode Notes

Alaska’s COVID-19 response

2:00 – Re-introducing Steve from the DCL Podcast

4:34 – How do pilot hours work?

7:51 – When did pilots realize COVID-19 was going to be very serious for the world and the industry?

12:53 – How does Alaska’s 70% reduction in flights affect workers and pilots

18:08 – How does it personally affects pilots

21:03 – Additional protocols now in place

24:16 – Do reduced hours affect certification?

26:51 – 9/11 comparisons

33:00 – What will the new normal look like?

37:02 – Why did Alaska join Oneworld?

50:15 – How will the cruise industry be affected, will it survive, and what will things look like when cruises start sailing again? (Patreon only)

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Music: “Ten Hundred Years” by Poly Action, “Feet Gone Soft” by Monplaisir, and “Feet Gone Wild” by Monplaisir