Does anyone know the approximate time to upgrade to Captain at SWA.?..if you are at a junior base.....I heard it can be as short as three years....any details would be great appreciated....
thanks in advance....
On average about 5 years on property will generate a Capt upgrade class for those currently here. This comes with a caveat. If you're in one of the junior bases, i.e. MDW, OAK, BWI, MCO, upgrades would average around that timeframe or in some cases as little as 4.7 yrs on property. This would allow you to generally stay at your base of preference & fly capt lines.
For PHX, HOU, upgrade to remain at your base falls closer to 6 yrs probably. For DAL, expect the time frame to vary from 7.5 to 8.5 yrs.
Obviously there is no guarantee about when upgrades will occur. When I sat through the company & union predictions about when upgrades would occur, over 2 years ago here is what I was told:
Company - 7 yrs to upgrade
Union - 9 yrs to upgrade
Upgrades were occurring at the time at the 5 yr point in 1999.
Yes retirements have a play in upgrades. SWA doesn't hit 100+ a year until '05. There is a point where upgrades can't grow at excessive rates. If anyone knows definitively when that point occurs pls let us know. With SWA's growth potential I would believe it might be easier to guess where OBL is?
I wouldn't guess what other companies' upgrade potentials are but I feel without more unexpected turns SWA's upgrade time will remain fairly similar to current trends for the next few years. One can predict the airline business very well regardless of being inside or outside the game!