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Old 10-21-2018, 06:00 PM   #1  
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Time for a 2019 hiring thread...

500 new hires planned for 2019. This number usually increases during the year.

30 737MAX aircraft ordered for delivery in 2019. Looks like the purchasing of used NGs is complete, however no NG retirements are planned.

OAK and BWI are the most common bases for new hires, As of today it's possible to get any base within a year. ATL and MCO are most senior. Likely as LAX opens and builds up it will also become a very junior base. New hires are not subject to an ETOPS seatlock if ETOPS bases are their last choice.

New hire pay is $69.34 per trip, $71.42 starting September 2019. Guarantee during training is between 85-89 trips per month. B-fund 15.0% starting January 2019. Profit share is paid if you work a full calendar year, so those hired in 2019 will be eligible for profit share starting 2020, which will be paid spring 2021. Stock purchase plan available. Health care plan with no employee deduction available. SWAPA dues for probationary pilot, 0.25%.

Hiring window opens maybe 5-6 times a year for around 2 weeks each time, you must apply for each window. You also also need to complete an app at http://swa.pilotcredentials.com. Email addresses must match on both Southwest career site and PilotCredentials.

Should be an interesting year with a new base in LAX, many upgrades (400+), and ETOPS flying.
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First yr pay currently is $71.42. $73.56 starting September 2019. All other info sounds right.
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I can feel it; 2019 is my year.
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I heard projections for hiring is 750 a year indefinitively from a chief who went to the meeting
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:13 AM   #5  
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I can feel it; 2019 is my year.
Didn't you say that on the FedEx page?
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:28 AM   #6  
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Packed a ton of good info into those paragraphs. Thank you!
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Didn't you say that on the FedEx page?
Well, it could be his year for both. SWA and FDX seem to be in sync, lol. 4 classmates plus myself got the FDX interview invite while in newhire training.

We all stayed here....

Good luck PotatoChip!
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I heard projections for hiring is 750 a year indefinitively from a chief who went to the meeting

All the stars would have to align for this to happen. If we take all our airplanes on order, and have very few aircraft retirements, the need for that many pilots will be there.

Big question will be what will happen in the next downturn. I believe if Southwest's competitors give them an opportunity to expand in airports like DCA, BOS, LGA they will take it regardless of the current economic situation. This company always takes the long-term view of things.

Retirements pick up starting 2025 which will drive the need for hiring in the future.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:14 AM   #9  
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The 700 number is what we were told in recurrent in September.
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Didn't you say that on the FedEx page?
I did not, but I would be very happy should they call.
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