Airline Pilot Forums

Airline Pilot Forums was designed to be a community where working airline pilots can share ideas and information about the aviation field. In the forum you will find information about major and regional airline carriers, career training, interview and job seeker help, finance, and living the airline pilot lifestyle.

View Full Version : PHX commute

10-29-2018, 11:41 AM
Phoenix CFI here. Starting to look at options as far as regionals, if only casually. Everyone screams to steer clear of Mesa, and meanwhile Compass has a small PHX base but it seems like they may not be hiring and PHX is getting more senior for them.

That said, Horizon seems like a decent place for a West Coast base, if not PHX. Anybody commute from PHX? Since Horizon isnít affiliated with the AAL/DAL/UAL/SWA, are you pretty much restricted to CASS if you canít get on either of the two AAG flights out of PHX?

10-29-2018, 11:49 AM
I have met people that do that commute, and it doesn't sound terrible. If you can't get on the Alaska flights, there also some American and Southwest flights.

10-29-2018, 12:11 PM
Lots of SWA commuters on that route... if your goal is a Major. Mesa isnít bad for a get in. Get your time get out.. it keeps you uncomfortable wanting to stay there, so motivation to get out...Hardest part about a SEA commute right now is the construction/flow delays...

10-31-2018, 11:28 AM
Compass flies that route too. You could JS with them. Or fly it with them, if you wanted to save yourself a commute.

11-02-2018, 03:53 PM
Horizon doesnít have a good commuter policy. Commuter clause only applies if you list with Alaska flights and offer no 4 nights stay at hotel like Compass does. Thereís not much benefit for you to choose to commute for Horizon over Compass and Mesa. Buncha sitting during the reserve period without flying. You can pick up open flights at Mesa and make bank. Or fly with Compass even tho you may have to commute to LAX initially, which is only an hour away oppose to 2.5 hours to SEA or even more if itís BOI or MFR.