I am currently a 10 year Captain for a large regional. I just turned 31. My wife and I have been discussing options for the upcoming years. Is it worth leaving for a "legacy" ? What would you all do ? I am torn over staying or leaving
Getting on in the beginning of a "wave" can really be a windfall down the road. Everyone in your position wonders about flying reserve again, as an FO, taking a paycut, flying weekends, etc. Usually that won't last too long at a legacy. You have options, like going for a larger plane that may make you more money, staying in a narrowbody for a better schedule and QOL, etc. It is all about options---you have choices that can make a difference. You can get out of your comfort zone of knowing every frequency in the area, and actually have a challenge, maybe flying places you have never been to before, and seeing places you have only seen in magazines. And, the pay you made at the regional will be back usually within a few years, and then it usually goes up for the rest of your career (barring any BK procedings, etc). It is a gamble, but can be worth it definitely.I am currently a 10 year Captain for a large regional. I just turned 31. My wife and I have been discussing options for the upcoming years. Is it worth leaving for a "legacy" ? What would you all do ? I am torn over staying or leaving
Truth. On reserve at Frontier I had a better quality of life and made more money than as a top 2% lineholder at my regional.Make the move and don't look back. The worst day at a major is better than the best day at any regional. You have over thirty years left to ride out the waves.
Amen...I had a good job with a corporation flying as a Captain on a Jetstar making good money. I was 35 when I quit and went to work for a west coast small airline flying 737's for 700 per month. The fourth month I got furloughed for eight months then came back at the same pay for another 8 months. Everyone thought I was nuts but I wanted to fly large aircraft full of people, not 10 execs to business meetings and golf courses in San Juan etc.
It was the best choice I have made in my life. I retired as a captain flying wide bodies international at MIA 25 years later. Ended up with a good retirement and bought in the Keys when it was cheaper. Getting ready to get in the boat tied to my dock and go enjoy an afternoon at my favorite Tiki bar watching my favorite band. Six years after retirement I have not regretted my decision once, not even when I got furloughed. Do it.
This is the Major's forum, I think you'll have to post in the regional forum if you want advice from the Lifers...... They have made their decision and will justify it, Legacy pilots have made theirs, and although they bitch about everything, apparently don't regret the decision.Go with a legacy and you won't be disapointed. You'll have more options of planes to fly and places to fly to. Remember, you can't fly a 777/747 at the regional level or have Paris overnights. Go with a legacy and don't look back.
I think you're in a great place. I'm in a similar situation to yours. Relax, nothings going to happen for a couple years. Take a couple cheap Hawaii/Caribbean trips with your wife, keep you nose clean and be ready when the old guys finally start peeling off.I am currently a 10 year Captain for a large regional. I just turned 31. My wife and I have been discussing options for the upcoming years. Is it worth leaving for a "legacy" ? What would you all do ? I am torn over staying or leaving
A little word of advice....when you hear regional guys chatting among themselves saying things like "So I ran into Joe the other day, he says he misses what he had here....sounded regretful he made the move." Take this with a grain of salt.Depends on the regional. I talk to a LOT of my former colleagues. Most of these guys regret making the move - even after 15 years at the "legacy". I'm glad I stayed. Blame whomever or whatever you want but the fact remains that legacies aren't what they used to be - neither are regionals. If I do make the move, it will most likely be out of the airlines.
Age 31 leaves a lot of options and opportunities. Good luck.
Do it man, was in the same shoes, family good money, at 29 but working for a fractional. you will have 30 yrs.