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Old 06-11-2017, 12:05 PM   #1  
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Questions about SWA schedules are scattered in many threads here. There is a lot of hiring going on in the industry and applicants with multiple CJO's are looking to get a feel for what flying is like at SWA. Maybe other SWA pilots on APC can post some details of your typical month/year of flying to help prospective new hires. I'll start:

Seat: Captain,
Seniority in seat/base: 50%
Typical month: Partial weekends (by choice), 12 days on
Year block: About 500 hours
Days flown annually: 105-110

Notes: I'm a low time flyer with 4 weeks of vacation and frequently trade down.
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Old 06-11-2017, 02:00 PM   #2  
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Seat: FO and Cabin Temperature Specialist

Seniority in seat/base: 64%

Typical month: Partial weekends (not by choice), 14-15 days on

Year block: 763 hours

I try to move as much of my flying to the weekdays as possible to spend time with my family. I fly a little extra but rarely more than one or two days a month. I shoot for 100-110 credit per month (the equivalent of 85-95 hours)



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Old 06-11-2017, 03:13 PM   #3  
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Seat: FO

Seniority in seat/base: 64 percent

Typical month: Typically bid weekend line due to bidding strategy, can hold partial weekday line. Cannot hold weekends off. Typically bid 12 day line.

Year block: 775 hours

I am a high credit flyer. I typically do not fly any of my original line. I aggressively attempt to drop days via overlap and elitt and move any flying I have left to weekdays and attempt to pick up extra flying for premium pay. That extra flying typically falls on weekends, but often I can hold weekday premium flying as well, especially towards the end of the month.
By the end of the month I typically fly 15 days and try to credit as much as I can in that time period.
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:36 PM   #4  
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Seat: FO

Seniority in seat/base: 83%

Typical month: As a junior line holder, I depend on ELITT to get what I want. So far, I've been pretty successful in dropping all my weekend flying in exchange for weekday flying and like e6b, I play the premium game, and it's much easier for a junior pilot to get it on weekends. I live in domicile too.

Year block: 860 hours

I work around 16-18 days a month. I pick up a 3-day and maybe a 2-day or a couple of turns a month.
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Old 06-11-2017, 11:23 PM   #5  
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Thanks guys. I have been sending private messages back and forth with a couple of guys with job offers from swa plus a legacy. I realized my schedule is not of much use to them. Hopefully this is more useful.
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Having worked for a few other majors, there are some big differences in work quality of life between SW and the legacies. It's worth doing some research beyond payrates and monthly totals. If I were ten years younger I would've applied at Delta and United, no question.


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Old 06-12-2017, 08:10 AM   #7  
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Having worked for a few other majors, there are some big differences in work quality of life between SW and the legacies. It's worth doing some research beyond payrates and monthly totals. If I were ten years younger I would've applied at Delta and United, no question.
Hey Zap, I agree with this statement. I was going to let the data speak for itself but since you broached the subject I'll add that SWA runs a very lean operation and is built on pilots picking up open time. As such it's easy to be a high time flyer but very difficult to be a low time flyer.
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:30 AM   #8  
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Quality of WORK is something that I don't think many people take into consideration. We work our ass off at SWA when at work. This has its positives and negatives.
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Thanks for the post on this subject. I am one of those guys asking about schedules. I appreciate the information. SWA, regardless of the schedules, is a great company.
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Having worked for a few other majors, there are some big differences in work quality of life between SW and the legacies. It's worth doing some research beyond payrates and monthly totals. If I were ten years younger I would've applied at Delta and United, no question.


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I started applying to the legacies in 2008. SWA in 2009 because of the 1500 TPIC req or whatever it was then. Nobody called....not much going on from 2008-2014 or so. Got a UAL interview after 8 years applying but I was already in class at SWA. Never heard a peep from DL or AA.
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