If a group of people was asked, “What jobs are most important to airline operations?”, the top three responses would probably include pilots, mechanics and flight attendants. However, there’s a lot more to airline operations than what you see at the airport or on a flight. Most people don’t realize that our planes wouldn’t fly without the efforts of another important department – Accounting.
Accounting pays the bills, for everything ranging from building utilities and aircraft parts, to fuel expenses and uniforms. After 26 years on the job, retiring Accounts Payable Supervisor Terry Boswell knows the importance of ensuring that vendors are paid in a timely manner. For example, if fuel invoices go unpaid, fuelers could refuse to service our aircraft, which could lead to a delay or even a cancellation. Unpaid bills could delay shipments of important aircraft parts, which could lead to cancelled flights.
“Without making sure that bills are paid on time, the process of keeping the airline running on time, let alone at all, could be hindered,” Terry explains. “You can’t delay in making sure that you bring in needed aircraft parts or engine rents.”
Controller Bob Varwig agrees. “To run an efficient airline, you have to ensure the quick flow of parts and services. Terry understands that Accounts Payable has to maintain good relationships with our vendors to make that happen.”
Change is the only constant in the airline industry, and Terry has seen a lot of changes in her 25+ years with the company, including our transition from turbo prop aircraft to an all jet fleet in the 1990s, as well as a period of tremendous growth from 2014 t0 2016 that added 52 additional aircraft to our fleet. With change comes new challenges for our accountants – new aircraft types mean new vendors, and an expanded fleet means more bills to pay – but Terry says that change is easy with the right team.
“I’ve had lots of fun with my coworkers, and we’ve shared many good times, even when tackling new challenges. Adapting to something new can be stressful, but it’s much easier when you enjoy the company of those around you.”
Terry says that her 25 years at Trans States have flown by, remarking, “I have always enjoyed working here. Time really goes fast when you’re in a good environment surrounded by great people.”
With retirement on the horizon, Terry is looking forward to traveling around the country and visiting all the National Parks with her husband. We are grateful for her years of service, and wish her all the best!