Operation Liftoff Gives Back

Most GoJet employees are familiar with the table and small rack of airline merchandise that greet you when you enter the headquarters building in St. Louis. However, what many people don’t realize is that the profit made from the merchandise sold goes to support an organization called Operation Liftoff.

Operation Liftoff is a charity that provides air transportation for children with life threatening illnesses when medical treatment is not available in their geographical area and their families cannot afford travel expenses.  Operation Liftoff also organizes an annual group trip for teens who are seriously ill. “Unfortunately some parents don’t have the vacation time to take their child on a trip,” says Operation Liftoff board member Kaye Waggoner.  “That’s where we step in.”  Teens, who are often in the middle of chemotherapy, are taken straight from the hospital to the trip destination.  Precautions are taken should an emergency arise—nurses and EMTs accompany the participants, and the program organizers have all of their medical records.  Check out Operation Liftoff’s Facebook page for great photos of this year’s group trip to Branson, MO!

Operation Liftoff is excited to announce that it will soon be transitioning into an actual store location in the lobby of the headquarters building.  The next time you pass the Operation Liftoff store on your way to lunch or when you’re in St. Louis for recurrent, take a moment to browse their selection of airline clothing and memorabilia.  Treat yourself to a GoJet Airlines t-shirt or an aircraft model, and know that the proceeds are going to a good cause!

To learn more about Operation Liftoff or to purchase airline memorabilia, visit www.operationliftoff.org.

10 Things You Never Knew About Terry Basham

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Meet Terry Basham, the GoJet Airlines COO.  If you’ve never met Terry, he’s one of the nicest and most approachable people in the business.  Terry took a few minutes out of his day to tell us a few little known facts about himself.

Q: What was your first aviation job?

A: My first aviation job was working for Crown Airlines. I worked the ticket counter, ramp, and fueled the aircraft.

Q: Where are your favorite places to travel?

A: My two favorite places to travel are Las Vegas and Hawaii.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: My hobbies include playing poker, water skiing, and snow skiing.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: My favorite movie is Star Wars.

Q: If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: Mexican food.

Q: Who is your favorite author?

A: Tom Clancy.

Q: What are three interesting facts about you?

A: 1.  I am originally from New Mexico.
2.  I can play the trumpet.
3.  I like to play practical jokes on people.

Q: What must haves would you take with you to a deserted island?

A: Cell phone and a deck cards.

Q: Tell us about your pets.

A: I have two Bichon Frise dogs named Cooper and Carson.

Q: Ice cream or frozen custard?

A: Frozen custard.

Thanks, Terry!  Who would you like to hear from next?  Email your suggestions to lori.asbury@transstates.net.

Meet & Greets Round Two

The leadership team will be hitting the road again next week for round two of the spring Meet and Greets!  You can catch up with them in ORD on April 27 or in DEN on April 28. The DEN event will also serve as the official grand opening of the new DEN crew room!  For complete details, please refer to email or Comply.

Feel free to email any questions you may have for the leadership team to stacey.ross@tshstl.com.

We hope to see you there!

Meet & Greets Round One

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The leadership team had a great time chatting with crews and MX employees in RDU and LGA during the first round of spring Meet & Greets last week!  For those of you who weren’t able to catch up with the leadership team during this round, the second round will be on April 27 & 28 at DEN and ORD.  The DEN event will also also coincide with the grand opening of the Denver crew room–stand by for complete details!

As always, if you have any questions for the leadership team, feel free to send them to stacey.ross@tshstl.com.

GoJet debuts new SOC

GJSOC If you’ve been to the headquarters building in St. Louis recently, a large area on the third floor may have caught your attention. Dark, lit only by blue lighting, and looking like something straight from science fiction, the new GoJet SOC (Systems Operation Control) is causing everyone who walks by to do a double take the first time they see it. The new GoJet SOC opened its doors on January 13 after having to vacate its previous location due to the flood at the headquarters building last August. The SOC’s spacious new digs now house several departments, including Maintenance Control, Dispatch, Scheduling, and support staff. IOE Coordinator Lisa Damm is a big fan of the new layout. “I like how the new layout distinguishes the various departments within the SOC, without the departments being isolated from one another,” says Lisa.  “When you walk in, you know what department is where, but we’re all together as a family.” Features include a conference room and break room, as well as six TV screens that show flight tracking, maintenance delays, weather updates, and rolling performance statistics. Additionally, one of the screens will soon be used to as a scheduling board, allowing the scheduling team to see reserve availability at a glance. The question that everyone asks when they see the new SOC for the first time is, “What’s up with the blue lights?” Most SOC employees work from at least two computer screens, and studies have shown that blue lights increase productivity and eliminate eye strain from computer screens. Consequently, blue-lit SOCs are becoming more common at airlines. Most notably, Southwest recently completed a $30 million renovation of its NOC (Network Operation Center), complete with blue lighting. Don’t just stop and stare when you see the newly redesigned SOC for the first time—step inside for a tour! The team would love to show you around.