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Old 09-26-2017, 06:52 PM   #1  
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Trying to get a good idea of what life will be like as a FedEx pilot. VERY unfamiliar with cargo lines/reserve compared to pax flying. What can a new hire expect as far as trip lengths, days on/off, commuting, etc being Junior and how much does it change with seniority? I always hear the 777 has long trips (some as long as 2 weeks straight). Is that the same for other planes or just 777 specific. Also, how would commuting be to MEM out of ATL or CLT? Thanks for the info and PLEASE forgive my lack of knowledge.
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Use search function. There are tons of threads about this.
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Old 09-27-2017, 08:39 AM   #3  
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For CLT to MEM, 1 am flight Sat, Sun. 1 PM flight Mon. AM and PM flight Tues thru Friday. From most cities this is the case. Flights are thin on weekends thru Mon night. I have flown the PM weekday flights a few times and the jump seats are never full. Weekends may be a different ballgame.
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Use search function. There are tons of threads about this.
And yet, a search using “schedule” or “schedules” as a keyword or tag produces no results, and perusing all 39 pages of threads going back two years finds nothing that looks like it covers that topic.

The big question is whether you’re going to be scheduled for a minimum number of days per month and how those days might be broken up - all in a single block, two or more, etc. In other words, how many times a month will you have to make the commute? If you’re coming from passenger flying, you’re probably accustomed to three days here and four days there. If you’re ACMI, you might like doing 17 days in a row and enjoying the rest of the month off. Which one of these is FedEx more like?
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Fedex is like both. At least for reserve options. There’s any thing from 5-6 commutes in December (a 5 week bid period) to one solid stretch of 19 days. Plenty of both so you pick your poison. Lines (at least on the 75/6) don’t really have any 19 day pairings. In that case you’re looking at anything from 19 individual O&B pairings, to 2 commutes (I’m guessing very senior). But the short answer is, however you like your schedule, you’ll be able to get it (commute wise), no matter how junior you are.


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If use browse the FDX Questions thread, I think you will find your answers.
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The big question is whether you’re going to be scheduled for a minimum number of days per month and how those days might be broken up - all in a single block, two or more, etc. In other words, how many times a month will you have to make the commute? If you’re coming from passenger flying, you’re probably accustomed to three days here and four days there. If you’re ACMI, you might like doing 17 days in a row and enjoying the rest of the month off. Which one of these is FedEx more like?
A better way to answer your first question is that we're scheduled for a minimum number of days off each month, not days of work. Reserve is always min days off, max work days. Lines can run the gamut from max pay and min days off to barely over guarantee with more time at home.

If you have enough seniority and the pick of the litter, you could do anything from one commute per month like an ACMI to 5-6 commutes like a pax schedule. When I was junior, I minimized commutes by bidding all my reserve days in one block. If you can't hold that or don't desire that, there are reserve options with more blocks of R-days. Now on the 777, I bid single 12-14 day trips some months and two roughly week long trips other months.

With enough seniority, folks flying typical domestic hub-turns can end up with a very routine week on, week off schedule which will minimize commutes. Junior folks may need to either accept a "shotgun" style schedule with more commutes, spend more time trying to massage what they have into something better via trip trades or (if there's enough coverage) drop trips exchanging pay for QOL.

In general, I can say that our system here lends itself very well to minimizing commutes. With realistic expectations and some flexibility early on, there is something for just about everyone to create a very acceptable QOL.
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When new u will b on RSV and those days vary and there is a big variety.

When u become line holder there are a variety of trips but about 80-85% fit this category; working nights u will be on duty about 9-11 1/2 hours. The more SR u get u can shorten ur duty and add deadheads on front and back of trips as u get more senior u can improve layover city. Working days and sleep at nite will give u about 12-13 hour duty day with a hubturn during the day. 12 hours in the hotel and do that Tuesday thru Sunday.

A smattering of oddball trips that go on what we refer to trash lines. Lots of commutes and lots of 24 hr breaks in memphis.

INTL is a different animal. Long trips short trips. Trips are all similar and seniority just lets u control what days u r working.
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When new u will b on RSV and those days vary and there is a big variety.

When u become line holder there are a variety of trips but about 80-85% fit this category; working nights u will be on duty about 9-11 1/2 hours. The more SR u get u can shorten ur duty and add deadheads on front and back of trips as u get more senior u can improve layover city. Working days and sleep at nite will give u about 12-13 hour duty day with a hubturn during the day. 12 hours in the hotel and do that Tuesday thru Sunday.

A smattering of oddball trips that go on what we refer to trash lines. Lots of commutes and lots of 24 hr breaks in memphis.

INTL is a different animal. Long trips short trips. Trips are all similar and seniority just lets u control what days u r working.
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