I have gone the regional route before and would like to return if I can find a place with reasonable upgrade times. Objective info appreciated.
Do not ever bank on "upgrade times".
upgrade time? In this current industry? Having a job right now and dodging furlough is the first priority.
More airplanes = fast upgrades. Use this formula to find the place with the quickest upgrade. Good luck with the furlough.
I am not 'in the know" But if you get on with Mesaba now, give it a shot you would be an FO for quite a while. That is unless we grow more. Now if you look at the writing on the wall, we are staged for growth. NWA should order more 900's, will they come to us? Who knows, but XJ just spent millions on ground trainning equipment just when our 900 and 200 deliveries were ending. That does not make sense, unless there is future growth. Also, as much as I do not want to see the 9's at NWA leave, they have a schedule to retire them as they hit a certain date. What will they replace them with? Should have came here when we were hiring street captains-but hind sight is 20/20. Maybe someone else has better insight.
Was an OLD sim Bombardier had in boxes and were happy to get rid of at a low low price.
If we had to buy a brand new SIM like the 900, we would never have bought it.