Originally Posted by NMTXLine
Alone the same lines, in terms of seniority, are you xx of xx,xxx in seniority with the company or does that change depending on the aircraft/seat you occupy?
For example, does your seniority # change when you go from a 717 to a 777 or is it really just your buying power that changes?
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Seniority is Seniority. Most Airlines use your Date of Hire (DOH) to determine this and this is everything. People hired ahead of you Leave or Retire...you move up. It's that simple.
If the 777 is flown by more senior guys (as normally is the case) than the 717....it is considered "more senior" on that basis only. Your "buying power" is how you can Bid on your current A/C/seat/base. If you are mid pack on the 717....your bidding power on the 777 (if you transition) will be less if the 777 has more senior manning. But within the 717 fleet....different bases might get you better bidding. A LOT of guys put off transfers/upgrades to make sure their Quality of Life (QOL) isn't affected as much when they do eventually (if ever) upgrade or transfer. There are just A LOT of factors. Its one of the benefits of this career is you have some say in your QOL in what you want to do and where you want to be. So yes being a new hire FO sucks for awhile.