- May 20, 2005
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Anyone in class or on the property care to share their thoughts on the trips/commutability/preference of the 737 or 757 if given the choice?
Great response. I would say that if you already have 737 experience, then maybe you should bid that. Personally, I'd go for the 756 and fly international even with the longer reserve period - but that's just my preference - a set schedule sooner might be your preference. Let us know what you get.COpilot said:Well I can tell you short and to the point, I think will help.
The B737 fleet; you will be on reserve for a shorter amount of time. At present rate, Approx (guess) 12months.
The B756 fleet; could be in the years range, maybe two depending on the B73 F/O's who are looking at the Intl flying, and wanting to move over for the pay. But hard to say with the new contract DH pay?
That said the big difference in the two sub-bases is the type of paring development. For the last say 8 years the B756 fleet has been great to commute with, the nature of the flying is late check-ins, afternoon get backs.
The EWR B73 fleet though, (yuck!) early shows, late get backs, probably 80% of the bid package. I suspect that might change some with PBS, but the jury is still out on that.
I'm sorry I don't have any experence with the Reserve Ops under the new contract. Their still working out the bugs I guess. In theory it should be a better deal than the old system. I suspect you will have to look at it as with any airline, your balance of quality of life issues to size of your airplane quest.
As a 737 pilot for CAL, how do you like flying all of the different 737s - 300, 500, 700, 800 and 900? Any preferences?CAL EWR B737 said:My two cents. All though the B757/B767 is a better aircraft for numerous reasons, many already stated, go to the 737 if you have a choice. Because of our weak contract the B757/B767 has been domesticated. It's even worse for FO's. Over the summer they built 100 hour lines with twelve days off that paid 72 hours. If your below 50% on the aircraft as an FO plan on plenty or DH to Europe (50% pay) and IRO home (crew resting in a coach seat). Probably will get very few legs as FO vs IRO. Reserve will probably go more senior to bottom lines. Plan on a minimum of a year on reserve. Right now new hires in the B737 line holders in three months.
Hope this helps?
Junior line holder on 737 12 to 16 days off. Even if you get a 12 day off line you can trip trade it into 14 or 15 until PBS comes next summer.
Heavy Set said:As a 737 pilot for CAL, how do you like flying all of the different 737s - 300, 500, 700, 800 and 900? Any preferences?
Sorry don't buy your assumptions. The most recent system bid has 503 NYC B756 FO's VS 456 NYC B737 FO's. There is a lot of IRO flying in EWR. IAH has 583 737 VS 241 756 however due to IAH being far more senior than EWR a new hire will be very very junior on the 756 in IAH for quite some time and somewhat junior on the 737 (especially compared to EWR) .Pig said:The most junior position on this last bid was a 756 FO to IAH. Don't think the old assumptions are going to hold true as far as how bad relative seniority would be on the 756 since they are hiring 24 a month directly into the 756. As far as dead heading pay, who cares as a new hire since you'll be getting min guarantee anyway on reserve. By the time it matters it will be a non-issue since in goes back to 75% Jul '06, and 100% Jul '07.
With 24 new hires a month going into the 756, that may be proportionally more than the 40 a month going into the 737 since there are a lot fewer 756 FO's than 737 FO's.