As we come to the end of another year I thought it only right that I take a few minutes to reflect on a very challenging year here at MetroAir. We have seen some of our most difficult challenges this year but after a lot of hard work and determination we end 2018 in a better place than when we started.
The face of virtual airlines and flight simulator has changed almost beyond recognition from when we started out in 2005 and it is a constant challenge to ensure we stay at the cutting edge of this hobby. We have to balance our core values of 'realistic, innovative and professional' whilst also ensuring that we keep our valued pilots as happy and engaged as possible. After all this is a hobby and without our pilots we are simply a database.
For those pilots who were here back in April you may remember that Sean and I embarked on a strategy to revitalise MetroAir after becoming complacent for far too long and allowing ourselves to 'coast'. We made a number of sweeping changes to ensure our future and safeguard our history.
Well since then its safe to say that 2018 has certainly seen a lot of changes here at MetroAir, from the hub closures to the removal of the A330-300 and then to re-introducing the B737 and many, many other changes that have taken place in the last 8 months. We have worked hard to promote our airline to encourage new members to join us and we have been listening to your feedback along the way to continue to improve the experience.
We have been reviewing the recent pilot survey that some of your took part in and will be looking to implement a number of the suggestions that were made. Some of these suggestions have already been implemented while others will happen in the New Year and some will take even longer to roll out. However I can say that 2019 is set to be just as exciting and filled with even more opportunities and new projects. I am hoping to announce a BIG project in the early part of 2019, something completely new to MetroAir and something I hope will prove very popular. For now I will leave you guessing as I am still finalising some of the details with the staff - but it's one not to be missed.
Before I end I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support and enthusiasm that you have shown over the years. I want to thank you for your patience as we rolled out some of the changes earlier this year but I mainly want to thank you for making MetroAir such a friendly, fun and exciting place to be. I also want to extend my thanks to the staff who just like you have had to adapt quickly to some of the changes. It takes a lot of effort, time and dedication to run a VA and it simply wouldn't be possible without them giving up their spare time to make MetroAir the airline it is today.
Wherever you are this holiday season whether it be in the US or overseas, at work or with family and friends, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.