JetBlue Aug. 5th

skiav8tor

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I know that there are thousands of threads about JB interviews, but it would be nice to get the latest scoop. I got the call yesterday for an Aug. 5th interview...anybody else?? Latest info, etc...
 

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skiav8tor said:
I know that there are thousands of threads about JB interviews, but it would be nice to get the latest scoop. I got the call yesterday for an Aug. 5th interview...anybody else?? Latest info, etc...
Skiavi8tor,

I know a few people on the interview board, and my understanding is there are no major changes.

I know you've heard this before, but I'll repeat it.

Just be yourself. No need for any special $300 interview training. Not everyone fits into JetBlue. If you show the interviewers who you really are, they can make a decision if you would really be happy here.

If you can't adjust to the culture here, you won't be happy. This is a very important point.

Good Luck,

DW
 

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If you can't adjust to the culture here, you won't be happy. This is a very important point.

Good Luck,

DW
Dogwood-

How "different" is the cuture at JB ?

Besides the Electronic Flight Kit, 5 year contract and cleaning airplanes.....isn't it like any other Major Carrier ?

320AV8R
 

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320AV8R said:
Dogwood-

How "different" is the cuture at JB ?

Besides the Electronic Flight Kit, 5 year contract and cleaning airplanes.....isn't it like any other Major Carrier ?

320AV8R
I see a huge difference.... They actually treat their customers with respect. They make you feel like your receiving something (besides a ride from point A to B) for your money.
 

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320AV8R said:
Dogwood-

How "different" is the cuture at JB ?

Besides the Electronic Flight Kit, 5 year contract and cleaning airplanes.....isn't it like any other Major Carrier ?

320AV8R
320,

The culture is different, in that at most legacy carriers as soon as mgmt makes a decision, the pilots try to figure out how the company is trying to screw them.

Or that the pilots are too good to throw away a few napkins and straighten a few seat belts to get the plane turned around.

Willing to go the extra mile, because it's the right thing to do rather than to get a little credit.

I have a few little things that I do, to do my part in going the extra mile. One is I keep a few toy JetBlue airplanes in my flightbag to give to the UMs. (Unaccompanied Minors) I don't attach my card to the toy, or anything like that.

The other day, it was about 110 degrees on the ramp, and I took the ramp crewmembers a tray of ice-cold waters. They were consumed in about 30 seconds.

As a 15 year ALPA member, and consistantly flying thru highly unionized PHL, it's hard to break out of the shell and realize I can help now.

That's the culture I'm talking about. Not just doing it for the credit, but rather for the right reasons, and doing something extra on every trip.

It's easy to say you can do it, but a little harder to actually do it sometimes.

It has to become a natural thing. If one has to constantly work at it, it gets old fast. Try to work together, rather than us against them mentality.

Does that help explain it a little?

DW
 

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320AV8R said:


Besides the Electronic Flight Kit,
320AV8R
JB'ers-

Do you guys have the electronic Flight Bag? Last time I asked a few months ago a JB buddy said you were still using the paper Jepps.

Our EFB guru told me I could throw my Scott Leather bag away in Jan '06. Where am I gonna put my stickers?:cool:
 

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JB'ers-

Do you guys have the electronic Flight Bag? Last time I asked a few months ago a JB buddy said you were still using the paper Jepps.

Our EFB guru told me I could throw my Scott Leather bag away in Jan '06. Where am I gonna put my stickers?:cool:
Everything is electronic except the Jepps.

FOM, POH, MEls, and all W&B on the laptop.

We're still small enough that we only have a single binder for the jepps at this point. The talk is to one day incorporate the jepps to be diplayed on a screen mounted in the tray tables. Doubt we see that anytime soon. I've used both elect and paper jepps, and much rather use the paper version.

DW
 
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Hey DW...
You have only a couple of months in B6. Please don't be a tool and speak for the pilot group and "the culture". I have over 5 years seniority on you. No I don't carry miniature airplanes for UM's, etc.
I still can do a fantastic job without all that koolaid!!!!
 

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Corn Julio said:
Hey DW...
You have only a couple of months in B6. Please don't be a tool and speak for the pilot group and "the culture". I have over 5 years seniority on you. No I don't carry miniature airplanes for UM's, etc.
I still can do a fantastic job without all that koolaid!!!!
Hi Corn,

I only speak for myself. Aviation forums are 100% opinions. I'm sure you do a great job for the company, and we're glad you're here. There is probably a lot about JB that you could teach me. By the way, how do you define a fantastic job? Is it just flying and smoothe landings.

>>I have over 5 years seniority on you<<

Five years is a short time in this industry, but this has nothing to do with how long I've been here. In fact it's interesting that you even bring that up. That tells me a lot. I did the same type of thing at my former carrier, when I was allowed to. The purpose of this post was not to toot my own horn, but rather to answer a question. This is an interview forum, and questions are "What is JetBlue looking for?" All I can do is share my experiences, and you can share yours.

If you got hired with the opinion that treating people nice is "Koolaid", then you slipped in somehow. The readers of the forum should know, that JB isn't looking for that.

Why do you consider treating the customers and fellow crewmembers "Drinking the koolaid"? That's an entire different topic, and has nothing to do with this. My point was that if someone comes here looking for a fight with management or with co-workers, this may not be the place to work.

I appreciate you jumping in with your opinion.

Have a great day.

DW
 

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320AV8R said:
Dogwood-

How "different" is the cuture at JB ?

Besides the Electronic Flight Kit, 5 year contract and cleaning airplanes.....isn't it like any other Major Carrier ?

320AV8R
As far as scheduling, pay, QOL life, it's just another airline.
Your enthusiasm is commendable, Dogwood. You will feel differently in a few years.
 

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As far as scheduling, pay, QOL life, it's just another airline.
Your enthusiasm is commendable, Dogwood. You will feel differently in a few years.
Freight Dog,

Yes, you are correct. In some ways it's just another airline. So is Southwest and all the others.

I have made the personal decision to have fun and enjoy my remaining years (14) in this industry. Some days it's easier than others. If I can't enjoy this, I will look for employment elsewhere.

I really doubt I will feel any differently down the road. Right now I am a bottom guy, commuting to JFK, to sit in a crashpad. I can't imaging it getting much worse than that, and it's not been that bad.

One can make up for that by having a good time on the trips, and enjoying the time at home. It's not that difficult.

JetBlue is, what you make it to be. You will only get out as much as you put into it.

It's the airline industry, what else can I say?

Thanks for the reply.

DW
 

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If I were to be hired at Jetblue, which I would like to be, how is the commute? I am from Florida, the Tampa Bay area, and would like to return there and raise my family. How is the commute? Seats available? Flights per day? What is the callout? 24-hr reserve? 2-hr reserve? Can you watch your name on the reserve list via computer at home, and when you name starts coming up, then get on an airplane and get into position?
What are you getting for a crashpad, and what is it casting you?
Thanks
 

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Pilottodd2 said:
If I were to be hired at Jetblue, which I would like to be, how is the commute? I am from Florida, the Tampa Bay area, and would like to return there and raise my family. How is the commute? Seats available? Flights per day? What is the callout? 24-hr reserve? 2-hr reserve? Can you watch your name on the reserve list via computer at home, and when you name starts coming up, then get on an airplane and get into position?
What are you getting for a crashpad, and what is it casting you?
Thanks
I understand the commute from Fla is tough. I can't help you much on that one.

2 hr RSV callout, really need to be in base. It's hard to tell when they will call you. It's not strictly who's next on the list. Based on avail days, month to date time, etc.

Crashpads in JFK run about $200 - $275

DW
 

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Corn Julio said:
Hey DW...
You have only a couple of months in B6. Please don't be a tool and speak for the pilot group and "the culture". I have over 5 years seniority on you. No I don't carry miniature airplanes for UM's, etc.
I still can do a fantastic job without all that koolaid!!!!
PUUUHHHLEEEZZZZEEE! how arrogant!

most guys hired at B6 in the last year or two have more time in the lavs of their formal airlines than you have at B6! i bet you don't run off about how senior you are at B6 to furloughed bubbas you fly with do you? they will put you in your place in a HURRY!

do us a favor...if you have issues (which we all do) take it out on your own family, and don't rain on the newbies parade!
 

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Pilottodd2 said:
If I were to be hired at Jetblue, which I would like to be, how is the commute? I am from Florida, the Tampa Bay area, and would like to return there and raise my family. How is the commute? Seats available? Flights per day? What is the callout? 24-hr reserve? 2-hr reserve? Can you watch your name on the reserve list via computer at home, and when you name starts coming up, then get on an airplane and get into position?
What are you getting for a crashpad, and what is it casting you?
Thanks
Lots of commuters from just about all FL cities, except maybe Fort Meyers. There are 2 jumpseats in the cockpit and 2 F/A jumpseats in the cabin. The 2 up front are for the pilots first. The 2 in the back are for the F/As first. As far as flights per day...that changes a lot based on the season.

Commuting to reserve is no fun. However, reserve has only run as high as about 4.5-5 months within the last year for an A320 FO. I've heard numbers as high as 92% of flight crews commute to JFK from all 50 states (yes, I've met the guy from AK and another from Hawaii who are, or were based in JFK). Reserve has a two hour callout, so I would highly suggest that you not try to outsmart the system by staying at home and commuting in when your name starts getting towards the top. We use the "bucket system" for reserves. Say you have 5 days of reserve and there are only 2-day trips available. You probably wouldn't be called out. But, if someone were to call in sick for a five day trip, you'd get the call.

Crashpads in Kew Gardens are running in the $240-270 range per month. Some are nicer than others with gym membership, bi-monthly maid service, wireless high speed, etc... I had one in Forest Hills that was awful (way too many flight attendants)...do I hear George Thorogood singing "You Talk Too Much"? Company shuttle hourly from JFK-Kew Gardens-HQ-JFK costs $3 one-way.

Good luck with your pursuit. Have a great day.

Cheers!

GP
 

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Thanks for the info. Now all I have to do is get an interview.
Can anyone help me on that one?
 

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Pilottodd2 said:
Thanks for the info. Now all I have to do is get an interview.
Can anyone help me on that one?
Unfortunately the only way a buddy can help you out is by giving you a "Blue Dart" which basically guarantees you an interview. Only after the interview and background check will letter's of recommendation be considered.

Blue Darts are given awarded to pilots on a random basis (I may not get one for 5+ years). The JB pilot with the dart will give it to a buddy which, if he/she meets the minimum requirements, will get them an interview. The interviewers have absolutely no idea if the candidate they are interviewing is a "Blue Dart" or not. Pretty good system, I think.

GP
 

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Corn Julio said:
Hey DW...
You have only a couple of months in B6. Please don't be a tool and speak for the pilot group and "the culture". I have over 5 years seniority on you. No I don't carry miniature airplanes for UM's, etc.
I still can do a fantastic job without all that koolaid!!!!
You're the tool. Please remind me to bow my head to you when you enter the crew room great senior pilot at B6. LOL.
 

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Corn Julio said:
Hey DW...
You have only a couple of months in B6. Please don't be a tool and speak for the pilot group and "the culture". I have over 5 years seniority on you. No I don't carry miniature airplanes for UM's, etc.
I still can do a fantastic job without all that koolaid!!!!
Yeah boys let me you tell you how it was back in 2000. Yep it just ain't the same.......................WHATEVER!

If there's weather you don't want leather.
 

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So nice to know that the boys in leather have the airline under control.
 
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