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Old 12-02-2018, 05:52 PM   #11  
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Good afternoon everyone!

I’ll be in new hire class in about 2 months. I have couple of question for those who are already at AA. My end goal is to be based in DFW as quickly as possible regardless if I can hold a line or not. My base preference in order as new hire if they offer all would be LAX, MIA, LGA and PHL.

Which equipment would you recommend I bid for? 737 or 320?

Which equipment gives you a faster upgrade?

Which equipment gets me a line the fastest?

Those who have flown both airplanes which one do you prefer and why?

Any other information that you think is important for me to know or consider please do share.

Thanks!

I'll be a few months behind you, but my situation is the exact same. My end result is to be based in DFW whenever the time comes.

I have talked to several current guys and the consensus seems to go Airbus. However, I think (opinion only) that some of the 737 trips out of MIA might be a bit better than Airbus trips elsewhere. So, depending on the commute, MIA wouldn't be too bad until seniority/bid makes DFW an option.
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I have flown both.
And your preference, if everything else is the same, is?
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Old 12-02-2018, 07:13 PM   #13  
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Bid the Bus for comfort
Bid the Boeing for character

good luck

25 years sof herding DC-9's around...
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Old 12-02-2018, 07:29 PM   #14  
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AB vs 737 debate #21,302 on this forum...


It really comes down to what you value more:


-If you value comfort, a quieter airplane, and/or a more automated airplane, then bid the Bus
-If you value quality of life, fewer redeyes, more seniority (resulting in getting a line sooner), better trips, lower rates of reassignments mid-trip, and flying a less automated airplane, then bid the 737


For reference, I fly the 737, I'm relatively junior system-wide, I'm based at home (non-commuter), I'm in the bottom 10% in base, and I hold a line with an average of 16+ days off per month. I have NOT flown the bus, but I have sat in dozens of bus jumpseats - the bus is more spacious and a bit quieter as others have attested, but I also come from over a decade of flying RJs, which are MUCH louder and more cramped than the 737. I'm happy where I am, and I don't plan on changing equipment until I get awarded widebody flying or upgrade.
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. So, depending on the commute, MIA wouldn't be too bad until seniority/bid makes DFW an option.
While I don't have first hand experience, I have heard the DFW/MIA commute is probably one of the tougher ones... YMMV

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I’ve been here 2yrs on the 190. Looking at my seniority in each base/fleet, I’d be anywhere from 10-30% more senior on the 737 in bases that offer both fleets. Legacy US 320 bases are super stagnant at the moment.


How much more senior is the bus than the 73 in lga?

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How much more senior is the bus than the 73 in lga?

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Junior 320 FO in LGA is 15005....most junior 737 is 14997......so really a wash for the "newhire placement" bases....
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And your preference, if everything else is the same, is?
737. I enjoy the way it flies. It's very simple to operate. Like aa73, I still enjoy flying airplanes.

Currently, my seniority is much better on the 737 and I think the flying is better.
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Junior 320 FO in LGA is 15005....most junior 737 is 14997......so really a wash for the "newhire placement" bases....


Thanks. Any discernable difference in the trips between the two in lga?
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Thanks. Any discernable difference in the trips between the two in lga?
I just looked at the September PBS awards. I choose September to get away from holiday bidding. I looked at guys 300, 500, and 1,000 from the bottom. It looks like the current guys had slightly faster bidding quality advancement on the 737.

There's a lot of movement so trying to forecast what it will be like in 6 months is tough.
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