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Old 09-13-2017, 08:22 PM   #1  
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How long to get Atlanta for a new hire?

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10-12 yrs.
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Years. Not sure how many, since it's skewed by the AirTran integration, but years. The most junior FO there has a 2010 hire date. The guy 10 senior to him in ATL has a 2007 hire date.

If you have your heart set on living in base in ATL with Southwest, it's going to be a long wait, I'm afraid.
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How long to hold MCO, how's the commute from FLL, is there a possibility of an FLL base? What about international flying to South America any plans?
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How long to hold MCO, how's the commute from FLL, is there a possibility of an FLL base? What about international flying to South America any plans?
Hard to say with certainty as no one really knows what the future vacancies at each base will be, but if the past is any indication, the plug in MCO for SEP finished training last month.
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FLL-MCO has a lot of frequency since FLL became an intl gateway. I can't speak to how difficult it is, but I have a feeling that it is a lot easier than it used to be.
MCO is a very senior base despite the recent influx of new hires. There are a lot of senior guys hanging out there who aren't going anywhere. The list of senior FOs is pretty long and a lot of guys upgrade in another base rather than waiting it out.
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How long to hold MCO, how's the commute from FLL, is there a possibility of an FLL base? What about international flying to South America any plans?
As long as we keep growing the international flying out of FLL, the commute will be somewhat easy.

As for the FLL base, they are waiting for me to move, at which point, they will announce it, or more likely, the top secret RSW mega hub.
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I would bet STL before FLL.

As a late 2nd year guy, I can hold anything in the system except ATL.
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Years. Not sure how many, since it's skewed by the AirTran integration, but years. The most junior FO there has a 2010 hire date. The guy 10 senior to him in ATL has a 2007 hire date.

If you have your heart set on living in base in ATL with Southwest, it's going to be a long wait, I'm afraid.
Skewed is right. Junior went from a 2010 hire to a May 2016 hire over the course of six months. I'm still perplexed as to how quickly that happened.
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Skewed is right. Junior went from a 2010 hire to a May 2016 hire over the course of six months. I'm still perplexed as to how quickly that happened.


Easy. The AirTran merger displaced a lot of pilots out of their huge ATL base, which SWA took over and shrank.
Many of those pilots moved but a lot commuted for years waiting to get back into the base.
They just hit the end of the former trannies last month in the vacancy bid. There will still be onesies and twosies that either flow back into atl or bid out to junior bases, but by and large the vacancies are now being filled by pilots hired after 2014 who want to be based in ATL. There are not that many pilots who fit that bill.
Based on this month, I would bet any future growth to ATL is going to be extremely junior pilots, maybe even new hires soon. Most guys post 2014 would take a huge seniority hit by moving to that base, so will stay away unless they live there or can easily commute there.
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