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Mr Rumbold
09-14-2019, 08:52 AM
Currently am a regional captain. Getting apps out to the majors, but nothing doing yet. Nothing doing with ATI either, which is one of my top choices if the majors don't call. Everyone says avoid Atlas (they do email or call me from time to time but I'm trying to steer clear).
I know the prevailing attitude is to stay 121 if you want to get anywhere in that world. However I know FedEx has hired 135 guys (whether they had previous 121, idk) as has jetBlue and probably others as well.
My dream is to fly FedEx or UPS; the type of airplanes, the lifestyle, etc.. suit me perfectly. Of course United or Delta or American, etc, would be great as well.
I just don't want to be stuck at the regional so long I'm condemned to it; I enjoy it and flying a regional jet with 5 MEL's on a 5-leg day with a green FO still beats cleaning the bathrooms at a truckstop; believe me I'm not complaining.

All that being said, I really want to see more of the country (world, if possible) and am considering going to 135 (XOJET comes to mind) and making a career there; if FedEx or UPS called me (I'd keep my apps in), then I'd go for it, but if it never happened, I know I'd enjoy XO, and could just stay there and not be facing forced retirement either.

Has this strategy worked for anyone else or is this a lousy idea??


rickair7777
09-14-2019, 09:28 AM
Try Kalitta, they have a good rep these days, you'll punch more tickets and gain long-haul cargo experience which brown and purple are known to appreciate.

Phoenix21
09-14-2019, 09:29 AM
Currently am a regional captain. Getting apps out to the majors, but nothing doing yet. Nothing doing with ATI either, which is one of my top choices if the majors don't call. Everyone says avoid Atlas (they do email or call me from time to time but I'm trying to steer clear).
I know the prevailing attitude is to stay 121 if you want to get anywhere in that world. However I know FedEx has hired 135 guys (whether they had previous 121, idk) as has jetBlue and probably others as well.
My dream is to fly FedEx or UPS; the type of airplanes, the lifestyle, etc.. suit me perfectly. Of course United or Delta or American, etc, would be great as well.
I just don't want to be stuck at the regional so long I'm condemned to it; I enjoy it and flying a regional jet with 5 MEL's on a 5-leg day with a green FO still beats cleaning the bathrooms at a truckstop; believe me I'm not complaining.

All that being said, I really want to see more of the country (world, if possible) and am considering going to 135 (XOJET comes to mind) and making a career there; if FedEx or UPS called me (I'd keep my apps in), then I'd go for it, but if it never happened, I know I'd enjoy XO, and could just stay there and not be facing forced retirement either.

Has this strategy worked for anyone else or is this a lousy idea??

What are your stats, how many job fairs have you attended etc. ?

I wouldn’t go 135 to get to UPS/Fedex. I’d go 1000+ 121PIC and international wide body experience if I could. Agreed that you probably stay away from Atlas, but I’d seriously look at Kalitta and Omni in addition to ATI.

I’ve got a buddy at Western Global and he’s loving his life and seeing the world too according to Facebook. I don’t know much about their pay/schedules though.