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Old 01-22-2020, 07:40 PM
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Looking for advice from current pilots...

Starting class in about a month. Trying to choose a preference between the 717, 220, 320, or the 73. Interested in opinions from each camp. Leaning towards ATL or SLC for the long term.

Specifically curious about flying qualities, upgrade times, relative ease vs difficulty in the training, and overall satisfaction with your assigned aircraft.

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Old 01-23-2020, 04:02 AM
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Wingnut, need more info to give you the answers you desire. Do you plan on moving in base or commuting there? If moving, in what time frame? Where do you live now? How much do you value schedule control(kids, side gig, desire for seniority) Do you mind all nighters? Are you chasing higher hourly pay? Do you mind 4-5 leg days? Being detailed will get you better feedback.


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Old 01-23-2020, 04:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Wingnut64 View Post
Looking for advice from current pilots...

Starting class in about a month. Trying to choose a preference between the 717, 220, 320, or the 73. Interested in opinions from each camp. Leaning towards ATL or SLC for the long term.

Specifically curious about flying qualities, upgrade times, relative ease vs difficulty in the training, and overall satisfaction with your assigned aircraft.

Thanks in advance!
im a fan of the 320. You wonít fly as many legs as the 717. There are more layover options compared to the 220. It is a far better cockpit than the 737.
also, the 320 has the highest pass rate of all the department at DL in training. Great training department.
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Old 01-23-2020, 04:34 AM
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Originally Posted by NoDeskJob View Post
im a fan of the 320. You wonít fly as many legs as the 717. There are more layover options compared to the 220. It is a far better cockpit than the 737.
also, the 320 has the highest pass rate of all the department at DL in training. Great training department.
Highest pass rate? That's a thing?
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Old 01-23-2020, 05:42 AM
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I bid 320 two years ago out of training. Have sat the reserve entire time because we stopped hiring onto it shortly after. Either 5-6am show times or 1-4pm show times. Not much in between. NYC very very few commutable trips. No newark. 1-3 legs days, very rarely 4. Mostly 2. Layovers about 60% are Austin, Boston and Florida. Have done 1 redeye. West coast US, mexico and central Canada rarely. Easiest plane I have ever flown, best training department. I studied a little bit and was made to feel way ahead of the curve. Live 1:30 from JFK and LGA. Life is good.
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Old 01-23-2020, 07:41 AM
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Is the MD88 going last? Or what trends last
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Old 01-23-2020, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by CBreezy View Post
Highest pass rate? That's a thing?
just relaying the facts. I donít remember the exact number, but itís greater than 99%
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Old 01-23-2020, 10:30 AM
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Is the MD88 going last? Or what trends last


Completely depends on the class. Some guys put it first in hopes of getting displaced sooner rather than later, others live in Atlanta and donít want to commute, even for a few months. I donít think an 88 has been the class Plug for awhile.


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Old 01-23-2020, 10:39 AM
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Completely depends on the class. Some guys put it first in hopes of getting displaced sooner rather than later, others live in Atlanta and donít want to commute, even for a few months. I donít think an 88 has been the class Plug for awhile.
This^^^ Every class will have different priorities and information. Believe it or not, I got the 7ER as the plug several years ago at the peak of the 'shrinking fleet' talk/info. (people didn't want to train just to get displaced)

Today, the 88 is going away and we're taking deliveries in other fleets. Who knows what the priorities and the rumors/talk will be at any class date.
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Old 01-23-2020, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by NoDeskJob View Post
just relaying the facts. I donít remember the exact number, but itís greater than 99%
I can't even imagine any other program has a failure rate statistically significant enough that the 320 could be deemed superior.
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