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SkyWest vs Eagle...

downandwelded

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Hey there,
I just got the call from Eagle and also SkyWest.

If you were in my position where would YOU go?

SkyWest wants me on the brasilia, which of course is the only plane that doesn't have a base in Chicago, which is where I just moved... 1 year seatlock sounds yummy...
 

indianboy7

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Well it's all about if the Chicago thing is the most important part of the decision....if it is, and Eagle offers you Chicago as a base, then take that.....at least at SkyWest, you'll have a fighting chance in hell of upgrading before you need to start wearing diapers again.....
 

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Take Eagle if they offer you ORD if being based at home is really important to you. At SKW if they put you in the EMB you will be able to switch to the CRJ at the 1 year mark. ORD is a very junior base at SKW. Also, currently upgrades in the CRJ for ORD is less than 2 years. Things change though. I think Fresno, CA and SLC are the JR bases in the EMB.
 

Dave Benjamin

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One year is nothing. ORD is a junior base. Possibility of early release from seatlock. You could commute from ORD to DEN while in the EMB. You have to look at time to upgrade as well.
 

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Just got the call to interview, or just offered class dates?

Which class date is earlier?

You won't find out your aircraft or base assignment at Eagle until the first day of class. See where I'm going with this?
 

viper548

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English said:
Just got the call to interview, or just offered class dates?

Which class date is earlier?

You won't find out your aircraft or base assignment at Eagle until the first day of class. See where I'm going with this?

DEN in the EMB is better than SJU in the ATR commuting wise
 

downandwelded

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Thanks for the input. I got class dates and they are both for next week!

EMB news was given to me on thursday pm, and havne't been able to talk to anyone at Skywest since, i guess labor day weekend got in my way a bit.

Is early release from seatlock a real possibility or is it myth?

when is the united xpress contract up for skywest? is it pretty stable for the foreseable future or is it up for grabs as soon as someone underbids?
 

downandwelded

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oh and by the way, about the fact that skywest is non union:

does that tick a lot of people off, say when you're trying to jumpseat?
 

Dave Benjamin

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downandwelded said:
oh and by the way, about the fact that skywest is non union:

does that tick a lot of people off, say when you're trying to jumpseat?

Contrary to what some idiots post on this forum you're not going to have a problem jumpseating. Most captains are smart enough to avoid starting a jumpseat war over something you personally have no control over. 1 pilot - 1 vote. Unless someone has a scabbed or works for an alter-ego like the orginal Freedom or G_o Jet they're not likely to have trouble on any airline.

A captain denying a jumpseat because of lack of union affiliation would probably catch hell from his own jumpseat chairman.
 

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I've never had a problem jumpseating. We carry a lot of mainline guys in our jumpseats, they'd catch hell from their own pilots if they started a jumpseat war. The seatlock does get released. From what I've seen it will be near the 1 year mark though. Our contract with United is pretty good, I doubt it's going anywhere soon. We've been expanding with them quite a bit lately.
 

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Last several newhire classes at Eagle all had slots for the jet in ORD. CRJ and ERJ.
Fo what it's worth.
 

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As far as I know....

No one has left SkyWest to go to eagle, but we had three guys in my new hire from Eagle. All are RJ captains (in ORD, DEN, and COS) now after three years...There are also three or four in trainng right now from Eagle here. ORD CRJ CA went to about 15 months a month or so ago (could change in the future thought).

Mookie
 

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Seeing I have worked for both, I will tell you this. My 6 years at Eagle only got me 1/2 way up the FO list in ORD. The SkyWest upgarde in ORD is less then 2 years. And they tell us (at SkyWest) ORD is going to grow twice as big. in 1 year you will be in the top 10% of FO's in ORD. The seat lock has gone less then 1 year in most cases for the BRO also. Eagle is a good company but no growth (and 500 flowbacks) and you may get a prop there also(SJC,MIA,DFW,LAX). If you can take the year on the west coast I would do SkyWest. Im very happy I made the jump even after 6 years at Eagle, It has worked out for me!
 

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I left eagle in July after 1.5 years to come to SkyWest. I was based in ORD on the CRJ and got ORD CRJ at SkyWest. I left because I have a much better chance at upgrading in ORD. Even if a lot of stuff changed at Eagle I would probably not get the Chicago or even the Jet when and if I upgraded.

Eagle will tell you where you are based during the first hour of class, and I didn't get my base assignment for SkyWest until the end of week 4. Eagle is a good company and if it weren't for the upgrade, I would definately have stayed there. I think in your position I would choose SkyWest and hope for Denver or Salt Lake.

Good Luck
 

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my 2 cents

I had the same choice for a while, but Eagle said no to me at the end. I am glad I am at Skywest. I am in the Emb120, seat lock seems to be cut short for a month or two before the year ends. ORD is a junior base in the crj. At Eagle upgrading takes way too long... Think ahead, not just on a domicile, but once you are there... how long untill you get the precious PIC time to be able to move on?
 
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downandwelded,

did you interview the 31st? i was there and will be in class this week!
 

downandwelded

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yup,
congrats my friend. i'm 95 percent sure i'll see you there. still haven'
t been able to talk to anyone at skyw. call me silly but i'm not hopping on a plane until i get something more than a voicemail box. did you get any literature? i was told fedex would be coming on sat but didn't see anything
 
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