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Old 05-04-2010, 04:41 PM   #46  
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Originally Posted by cactusdog16 View Post
The main reason for relative seniority being on one side of the windfall spectrum is the preponderance of widebodies at UAL and career expectations. Roughly 58% of UAL's fleet are widebodies (if you include the 757 in that mix as it is flown as the same fleet as the 767), while only 31% of CAL's current fleet is widebody (again, including their 757s). A pilot who is halfway up UAL's seniority list is much closer to a more lucrative widebody position than a pilot who is half way up CAL's seniority list. If you merge simply by relative seniority, all CAL pilots are much closer to the higher paying equipment, while all UAL pilots are further away than they were pre-merger, or even bumped off. Simply stated, UAL is bringing mostly widebodies to the merger, while CAL is bringing mostly narrowbodies.

Even fences will not fix this problem as most of us who are under 60 are in this for the long haul. No one is going to put up a 25-year fence.

Strict date-of-hire would not be fair either, as UAL's most junior active pilot (after the Tilton furlough) is several years senior to the most junior CAL Captain.

As many have already said, it will not be strict DOH or strict relative seniority, but some conglomeration of both along with several other factors.
Boy you've got this all screwed up. CAL's career expectation are 10x that of UAL pilots. Yes there are more widebodies at UAL, but years to upgrade are 500 times sooner then those at UAL. UALs career expectations are pretty much nada. UAL will fence the 747 and CAL will need to fence upgrades for 10 years. A 2005 hire at CAL is less then 40% on the FO over all list.
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