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Anyone Here Work Dispatch For An Airline?  
User currently offlineNygfan84 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 172 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

I am going to be a junior at Arizona State University where I major in Tourism Management. I was wondering if anyone here works for the dispatch department for an airline? The reason I ask it is the field I want to get into and I am seeking an internship for sometime in the future. If you would like to discuss this further please e-mail me at Daniel.Honig@asu.edu

Thank You

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User currently offlineNygfan84 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

anybody? I am just trying to get an internship somewhere in the airline business and having some tough luck on how to go about it.

User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3575 times:

I hate to say it, but Tourism Management and Dispatch have very little in common in the eyes of the airlines. I would change your major perhaps.

there are several dispatchers in here hopefully they will identify themselves.


User currently offlineNygfan84 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3545 times:

Well Unfourtantely here that is the closest thing ASU has. Although I think that after learning further about it I would be very good at it and I hope the dispatchers do identify themselves.

User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6010 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

As a dispatcher, the only tourism I plan, is what you'll see out the window.  Wink


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User currently offlineHikesWithEyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 816 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3510 times:

I am not a dispatcher, but I work with them.
The best thing to do is to get a private pilot's licence
and then go to dispatch school.
Afterwards you may have to work for a commuter to gain
experience, but with some luck and perserverance you might
be able to get on with a major.
At first the pay might not be that great, and you will
end up working graveyards with low seniority,
but after a few year's experience, the wages tend to rise quickly.



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6010 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3512 times:

Quoting HikesWithEyes (Reply 5):
The best thing to do is to get a private pilot's licence

Not required, but it educates you on general ideas.

Quoting HikesWithEyes (Reply 5):
Afterwards you may have to work for a commuter to gain

We prefer to call them 'regionals.' You could also go straight to a small cargo outfit, like Kitty Hawk, or even to a supplemental carrier, like Pace, who does the Hooters Air flights.

Quoting HikesWithEyes (Reply 5):
At first the pay might not be that great,

That depends on who you work for, and where you are willing to move to, balancing between cost of living and what you want to do while there. I started dispatching with a regional less than 8 months ago, and am already looking at real estate.

Quoting HikesWithEyes (Reply 5):
and you will
end up working graveyards with low seniority

You would be surprised at how many people like nights, or gaves. Weekends will be a must.

Quoting HikesWithEyes (Reply 5):
but after a few year's experience, the wages tend to rise quickly.

Some companies have better scales and benefits than others, with no union even.



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User currently offlineFxra From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3480 times:

I am a dispatcher.... I've been at it for a couple years now. Its not a glorious job... but it has moments...


Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 6):
You would be surprised at how many people like nights, or gaves. Weekends will be a must.

I worked an overnight last night for the first time in a while, and man its nice not to be bothered by the suits.

inquire away if u wanna know something
later
jd



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User currently offlineKohflot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3443 times:

nyg:

My hunch is it'll be tough to find an internship in the flight ops department of an airline. Most of those seem to go to flight students at UND, ERAU, Purdue, etc. Don't let that discourage you tho.. while an internship would be a good way to meet some people, it's certainly not a requirement.

Your senior year would be a good time to look around at dispatch schools. You'll have to turn 23 before you can get (or at least use) your license. If that gives you some time after you graduate, I would strongly recommend doing what you can to make your financial load as light as possible. Also think about working in crew scheduling until you turn 23. That'll get you in the SOC with Dispatch where you can gain some exposure.

After dispatch school, there are several routes you can go, which were touched upon in previous replies. There's one other thing to take into consideration.. some airlines only hire dispatchers from the inside. So if you have your heart set on Delta or Southwest, consider an entry-level job at that airline.. or, even better, consider going to a regional to gain experience, then moving to that entry-level job.

As for choosing your first carrier (if you have a choice!).. I might be flame-broiled by folks at the smaller carriers for saying this, but.. I believe one of the "mega-regionals" will be your best bet. Airlines like Continental Express, ASA, Comair, SkyWest, or Eagle. Those carriers will provide you with a combination of experiences that you just can't get elsewhere.. like dealing with LGA, international flights, 27-minute and 2 1/2-hour legs on the same desk, and watching your 6 ORD inbounds all spinning at the same time.

Lastly, I know this counts at pretty much any job, but I've seen it magnified in our small group.. a good attitude and enthusiasm are *very* important. You'll like the work a lot more if you're earnestly interested in it. You'll also do a much better job, and.. you'll be a lot more fun to work with! heheh


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