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Old 02-07-2024, 05:03 PM
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I have CJOs at both airlines. I will live 2hrs from a SWA base, but I will need to commute to AA with 5 flights a day for each CLT or MIA about an 80 min flight for each. Also, Iíll be military in a local reserve flying unit.

My biggest priority is flexibility. I would like to work the least amount possible as my wife makes decent money and works from home. Iím hoping to spend as much time at home helping raise my children.

I am worried about the Max issues and seniority at SWA.

AA worries me with the financials and commuting.

Iíve read every thread I could. Iím hoping for more updated opinions.

Thanks!

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Old 02-07-2024, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by WaveoffGuy View Post
Team,

I have CJOs at both airlines. I will live 2hrs from a SWA base, but I will need to commute to AA with 5 flights a day for each CLT or MIA. Also, Iíll be military in a local reserve flying unit.

My biggest priority is flexibility. I would like to work the least amount possible as my wife makes decent money and works from home. Iím hoping to spend as much time at home helping raise my children.

I am worried about the Max issues and seniority at SWA.

AA worries me with the financials and commuting.

Iíve read every thread I could. Iím hoping for more updated opinions.

Thanks!
AAL MIA Long Call Reserve until you can hold a decent max days off line. Seniority progression is swift in MIA. Iíd remain a senior NB FO, then bid MIA WB FO when you can hold a WB line.

I think the first year favors SWA slightly, but after itís AAL all the way. Best of luck with your decision.
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Old 02-07-2024, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by WaveoffGuy View Post
Team,

I have CJOs at both airlines. I will live 2hrs from a SWA base, but I will need to commute to AA with 5 flights a day for each CLT or MIA about an 80 min flight for each. Also, Iíll be military in a local reserve flying unit.

My biggest priority is flexibility. I would like to work the least amount possible as my wife makes decent money and works from home. Iím hoping to spend as much time at home helping raise my children.

I am worried about the Max issues and seniority at SWA.

AA worries me with the financials and commuting.

Iíve read every thread I could. Iím hoping for more updated opinions.

Thanks!
When can you move to base for AA? Its better to live in base for the airline and commute to the reserve job...
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Old 02-07-2024, 06:22 PM
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I think that's a pretty easy choice. Go with swa and drive to work.
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Team,

I have CJOs at both airlines. I will live 2hrs from a SWA base, but I will need to commute to AA with 5 flights a day for each CLT or MIA about an 80 min flight for each. Also, Iíll be military in a local reserve flying unit.

My biggest priority is flexibility. I would like to work the least amount possible as my wife makes decent money and works from home. Iím hoping to spend as much time at home helping raise my children.

I am worried about the Max issues and seniority at SWA.

AA worries me with the financials and commuting.

Iíve read every thread I could. Iím hoping for more updated opinions.

Thanks!
Our soft pay is incredible here along with the schedule flexibility. Our retirement wave is slightly behind Americans, itís not as large but its size able. If we paid off all of our debt today weíd still have 5 billion of cash in the bank from my understanding. That should tell you the security of Southwest. American, youíll get a widebody though and quicker Captain upgradeÖ for now, tbd if 67 goes through.
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When can you move to base for AA? Its better to live in base for the airline and commute to the reserve job...
Not for at least 5-10 years. Wife's family is the reason we won't move to base. Thankfully, the reserve unit is in the same town.
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Old 02-07-2024, 06:53 PM
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SWA, hands down. Not even a question. Vastly better schedule flexibility and you can drive to work.
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SWA, hands down. Not even a question. Vastly better schedule flexibility and you can drive to work.
Lmao yea I guess technically he/she is ďdrivingĒ. Iíd say driving 2 hours back and forth after finishing up at midnight and busting his/her ass flying the typical
Southwest 5 legs a day schedule will get really old really fast. Oh, and they get the privilege of doing that on a 73. Ooooffffff!!
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Lmao yea I guess technically he/she is ďdrivingĒ. Iíd say driving 2 hours back and forth after finishing up at midnight and busting his/her ass flying the typical
Southwest 5 legs a day schedule will get really old really fast. Oh, and they get the privilege of doing that on a 73. Ooooffffff!!
I havenít flown more than 4 legs a day in years. And thatís just a few. The vast majority are 2 or 3 leg days. Last trip 2/2/3 and paid 23tfp. Next trip 2/2/1. But only pays 19,5 out late home early though.
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I havenít flown more than 4 legs a day in years. And thatís just a few. The vast majority are 2 or 3 leg days. Last trip 2/2/3 and paid 23tfp. Next trip 2/2/1. But only pays 19,5 out late home early though.
Thatís called being senior. Being senior at a legacy gets you 20 days off and averaging less than 1 leg a day on Widebody.

Iím more curious to where the OP lives and where Delta, United, maybe even JetBlue could stack up in all this.
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