Policies, code, and paint!
Good news, folks! Each day we’re coming closer to our opening date and as we do, I would like to give everyone some updates on what’s been happening behind the scenes here at bluWave.
First off, Peter and I, for the past four (4) weeks, have been vigorously working on the airline’s policy manual that each pilot will be required to read before they can fill out an application here. Some people also refer to this manual as the “Pilot Handbook” (cough, Peter), but here at bluWave it’s known as the policy manual. At the beginning of the month, Connor told the two of us to design a “working” policy manual that the two of us would both write and then submit for approval from him. Of course, he’s going to make a few changes to it, then the three of us will have a meeting about it, sign it (in ink), and then upload it to the site. The reason why this is crucial to this airline’s existence is because the policy manual is what this airline will run on. Think of it as the fuel onboard each of our 737s that we’re all trying to get airborne.
During dinner on Friday night at Alizé on the strip, Peter and I were drawing up what we came up with so far. Just to show you how intense this gets, let me show you a picture (sorry for the cheesecake stain!):
Though it may seem a little unorganized right now, this sheet of paper will soon be the backbone of this airline. The two of us are expecting everyone to treat this with respect, honor, and pride as they journey through their virtual airline career with bluWave.
The next thing on my list to discuss is our pilot center: the dashboard that each pilot will see when they login to the site. Connor and a few other developers have been working hard to integrate a unique system into our site which should also be completed by the end of the month. After I spoke to him last night, he sounded kind of aggravated though, stating that “These dumb Indian’s don’t know what they’re doing!” And to my knowledge, he’s paying them $750 to develop this system. So they better know what they’re doing! Haha.
The great thing about this system is that it’s going to offer so many exciting features that no other airline has (!) including a flight planner, pilot-to-pilot messaging, an up-to-the-minute roster for accurate timekeeping, pilot pay and much. much more!
And perhaps, the news that we’ve all been patiently waiting to hear: Boeing has completed the manufacturing of our aircraft and will begin painting them on Monday, June 14! How exciting is that?! After speaking to a representative at the company, we now know that our aircraft will be ready for pickup on July 2, which means that we’re going to need a team of maintenance pilots to make several test flights with these aircraft before we can accept them as an asset to our company. However, in order for us to be prepared to take these aircraft down to their new home in LAS, we’re going to need at least three (3) pilots to do this job! So if anyone’s interested, please comment! Peter should be making his first post on the blog about this at some point later next month where you’ll receive more information about how to become a maintenance pilot.
So, until then: stay tuned!
Alex J. Bailey
Vice President and COO