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Old 12-02-2018, 11:05 AM   #1  
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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!
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Old 12-02-2018, 12:26 PM   #2  
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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? Either job is at AA. The Airbus is a better job. THe 737 is a better performer. Why is the AB a better job? Quieter and more space.

Which equipment gives you a faster upgrade? Neither. What airplane you're on has nothing to do with when you can upgrade. You can upgrade whenever the opportunity comes to your seniority. A slight issue is you can't upgrade if you got a new equipment award in the previous six months. A lock-in is two years, reduced to 6 months for your *first* upgrade

Which equipment gets me a line the fastest? Probably the 190 in PHL. With different bases, with MIA and LGA having Domestic and International divisions, it might be almost impossible to predict what the 'best' decision would be for April or May of next year.

Those who have flown both airplanes which one do you prefer and why? Airbus. Quieter, spacious, and more comfortable. Both pay the same. If it's in your base of choice it doesn't matter what airplane it is.

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

Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2018, 12:39 PM   #3  
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Be prepared for the onslaught of guys telling you how much the 737 sucks, yet they've never flown it.
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Old 12-02-2018, 01:23 PM   #4  
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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.
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Old 12-02-2018, 01:44 PM   #5  
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Be prepared for the onslaught of guys telling you how much the 737 sucks, yet they've never flown it.
I’ve flown it. It sucks.
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Old 12-02-2018, 02:54 PM   #6  
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Be prepared for the onslaught of guys telling you how much the 737 sucks, yet they've never flown it.
I don’t think it sucks. But the AB is a better job.
Have you flown both? It’s tough to compare if you havn’t flown both. But the difference you see jumpseating is similar to the job difference so guys who’ve flown one but jumpseated enough on the other airplane see the difference.

The comparison has come up before. One, or maybe two, guys who’ve flown both said they prefer the 737. The majority of guys who’ve flown both prefer the AB.

Would I commute to fly, or avoid, either airplane? Absolutely not. They’re not that much different that you need to avoid one. If it works for you just bid it.
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I don’t think it sucks. But the AB is a better job.
Have you flown both? It’s tough to compare if you havn’t flown both. But the difference you see jumpseating is similar to the job difference so guys who’ve flown one but jumpseated enough on the other airplane see the difference.

The comparison has come up before. One, or maybe two, guys who’ve flown both said they prefer the 737. The majority of guys who’ve flown both prefer the AB.

Would I commute to fly, or avoid, either airplane? Absolutely not. They’re not that much different that you need to avoid one. If it works for you just bid it.
I have flown both.
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I would go A-320. We are getting more A320's than B737's in the next 2 years. DFW is growing, I think you'd get there faster on the Airbus.
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I've flown both. I'll never fly the 737 again unless I'm forced onto it somehow.
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Old 12-02-2018, 04:23 PM   #10  
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Bid the Bus for comfort
Bid the Boeing for character

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