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Old 10-07-2021, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Wolf424
Glad all your vast experience at Delta is being put to good use, and you’ve determined the 717 isn’t a great choice.

Couple notes on your assumptions.

Don’t assume anything. Just because you think you should be able to bid to the base you want, doesn’t mean you will for certain. Learn the phrase “we didn’t think they would do that”. Lots of guys assumed when they bid to the 320 that they’d be Boston based by now. A lot of 220 guys in SLC thought they’d have much better seniority in the long term until SEA opened.

The 73N bid packet is arguably worse or equivalent to the 717. All the NB fleets are picking up the old maddog routes (By my quick glance, didn’t look at the 320). You think all those sweet transcons and resort all inclusive are going to drop to your level of seniority? Another rule to learn…don’t bid aircraft based on layovers.

320 is obviously growing. 737 is getting a few extra “gently used” aircraft. JL just said that the 717 is going to be around a lot longer than some people think (and it’s consolidating to mostly ATL, much bigger than it was pre covid when there was a MSP and NYC, in addition to DTW and ATL).

If you live in ATL, you’ll be spending that 1K on a crash pad, taxis, hotels, metro passes, etc. Add up the additional time away from home…there’s a lot more to consider than “an extra 1,000”. Much cheaper to be an ATL commuter than an NYC commuter.

There’s a reason it’s going senior and guys are taking the bird in the hand, knowing they will be in ATL. (If that’s what they want) Plus, lots of extra pilots means lots of extra reserves available, which means more pay to do less.

Bottom line, be careful about the “blind leading the blind”. I don’t think you’re being nefarious in giving your advice, but there’s so much abnormal stuff going on with regards to our still open AEs, I wouldn’t assume anything.
That is all entirely valid and fair, to include the point that I’m licking the windows at the bottom of the list with everyone else. I’m simply giving another viewpoint that I think is at least valid. I think that unless the music stops again that bidding the lowest
paying seat in the company just to be in base is an ok strategy, but there is a better one if you can handle NYC for a few months.
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Old 10-07-2021, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by flyinthrew
That is all entirely valid and fair, to include the point that I’m licking the windows at the bottom of the list with everyone else. I’m simply giving another viewpoint that I think is at least valid. I think that unless the music stops again that bidding the lowest
paying seat in the company just to be in base is an ok strategy, but there is a better one if you can handle NYC for a few months.

You seem to be motivated by money. That’s fine.

But many value QoL.

And that extra $1k is 8 additional hours on a 717. So a day and a half of pay? Are you going to spend an an extra day and a half away from home by commuting to/from NYC over the course of a month to a higher paying category? Or could you pick up two WS (or 1 GS) 1 day trip where you’re home by dinner (common on the 717 back when I was on it) and make more than that NYC guy?

To all the new guys…welcome. Don’t let the pay chart be the end-all-be-all in your calculus. Do some research and talk to guys who’ve been around. There are ways to make money above the baseline if that’s your motivation. But it’s difficult to increase your QoL from the baseline.

Everyone’s situation is different.

(And if you knew our PWA, you’d know that the 717 is not the lowest paying seat in the company )
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Old 10-07-2021, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Wolf424
You seem to be motivated by money. That’s fine.

But many value QoL.

And that extra $1k is 8 additional hours on a 717. So a day and a half of pay? Are you going to spend an an extra day and a half away from home by commuting to/from NYC over the course of a month to a higher paying category? Or could you pick up two WS (or 1 GS) 1 day trip where you’re home by dinner (common on the 717 back when I was on it) and make more than that NYC guy?

To all the new guys…welcome. Don’t let the pay chart be the end-all-be-all in your calculus. Do some research and talk to guys who’ve been around. There are ways to make money above the baseline if that’s your motivation. But it’s difficult to increase your QoL from the baseline.

Everyone’s situation is different.
different strokes for different folks. But I would say starting at DL while an very large AE is open definitely makes it a bit less of a gamble. (This was an opportunity unique to the 10/5 and 10/12 class. If you start 10/19 or later the above does not apply to you until they open another AE)

Everyone is different, I flew with a guy who couldn’t even fathom commuting for a month or two and moved because of it (this was at my regional). I’ve flown with those who would do it for a little while but eventually need to move to a base, and yet others commute for 30+ years and seem happy with it. if you fall into the first group and ATL is where you live take the 717, if you feel more like the second or third and want some variety in your flying, going to NYC on the 73 or 320 might make more sense. If you can’t stand red eyes or time zone changes then i would look at the 717 in either base.

good part of this job is we can all find our niche


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(And if you knew our PWA, you’d know that the 717 is not the lowest paying seat in the company )
I guess All those ATL E195B s make less
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Old 10-07-2021, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Gone Flying
I guess All those ATL E195B s make less
Those CRJ-900 rates published in our PWA are lower. That was my point. It was more a commentary on scope.
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Old 10-07-2021, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Wolf424
I never said it would cost $1K to commute. I also commuted to NY for a time. I only said that there’s additional costs he wasn’t considering. Narrows that 1k gap quick.
Reading comprehension sucks.

There are more costs. But everything has a cost benefit analysis that can change per person
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Old 10-08-2021, 02:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Gone Flying
this does not say how many got what, just what was offered to 10/5.
Is this typical that all a/c are available to new hires in NY?
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Old 10-08-2021, 03:28 AM
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Is this typical that all a/c are available to new hires in NY?
Not always the case for every class, but generally speaking a large % of the new hire spots are NYC based.
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Old 10-08-2021, 03:35 AM
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Originally Posted by flyinthrew
That is all entirely valid and fair, to include the point that I’m licking the windows at the bottom of the list with everyone else. I’m simply giving another viewpoint that I think is at least valid. I think that unless the music stops again that bidding the lowest
paying seat in the company just to be in base is an ok strategy, but there is a better one if you can handle NYC for a few months.
A huge positive for ppl contemplating the 717 is the fact there is only 2 bases and most likely going down to 1 base, ATL. For junior folks, you are only covering a limited amount of trips. On the other aircraft you can and will be called out for trips all around the system. Your life on the 717 will be very consistent and better able to plan your reserve days.
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Old 10-08-2021, 05:09 AM
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Originally Posted by AlphaBeta
A huge positive for ppl contemplating the 717 is the fact there is only 2 bases and most likely going down to 1 base, ATL. For junior folks, you are only covering a limited amount of trips. On the other aircraft you can and will be called out for trips all around the system. Your life on the 717 will be very consistent and better able to plan your reserve days.

Great point.

As a former 717 guy, I always felt like the 717 got a bad rap, and it was almost exclusively from people who had never flown it.
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Old 10-08-2021, 05:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Wolf424
I never said it would cost $1K to commute. I also commuted to NY for a time. I only said that there’s additional costs he wasn’t considering. Narrows that 1k gap quick.
I think his point was he will get a bid to ATL soon and not be in NY long. I suspect he will get that award on this bid.
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