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07-21-2018, 11:25 AM
I am currently flight instructing in the Dallas Area but am looking to make the move down to somewhere within the Texas Triangle (San Antonio, Dallas, Houston) once I start flying 121. I've been peering on the forums for about a year now and have narrowed down my list to two companies. Right now my wife is finishing up school in Austin and may have the opportunity to move us eastward as her career progresses. From everyone's experiences here, which do you see as the better company? As I understand it, there is flow, but not as forecast at MQ, and with YX there is little chance of making it to AA. From looking at the companies and hesitantly talking with recruiters I understand that YX is forecast to competitively increase pay each year while MQ is going to stick closer to what they're already paying. My original intent was to enter the cadet program with MQ and try to base out of DFW, but with the recent 100 jet order and the opening of IAH YX has come to my attention. End goal is AA or SW eventually. Like the topic implies, I appreciate any help and please pardon the rehashing of old.

07-22-2018, 12:29 AM
Follow your heart

07-22-2018, 05:25 AM
How long until you have the time to come to the regionals?

07-22-2018, 06:33 AM
Sounds like you have a good grasp of your priorities and the bullet points that correspond to each of them. Most people here picked Envoy. Do you have a specific question?

07-22-2018, 09:06 AM
One thing to consider is that MQ isn’t taking people off the street right now, cadets, DEC’s, and RTP’s are what the classes are comprised of. I would apply to both and take the interviews that are offered. Envoy will try to sell you a five year flow, and that only exists for a very few people hired in 2016 and even that is a theory. Both have their pros and cons. Envoy has bases that aren’t terrible to commute to. Republic has bases that are in our stations and are more difficult. Envoy has a fast upgrade, but a lot of Republic guys get hired at Southwest. Envoy can make you lazy in that you might adopt the “screw it I will just flow” mentality and not spend time updating your logbooks and put out applications. Republic will cause you to keep on top of those things.

All said and done, Envoy was my number one choice and I am glad that I came here. Most crews are great to fly with (bad eggs in every basket), the planes are taken care of (MEL/CDL’s happen everywhere), and the checks show up on time. If you live in base then our reserve system is tolerable, if you commute then prepare to want to burn the world down. Republic doesn’t have airport standby or junior manning and we do.

Good luck with your decision.