CX881 From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2003, 236 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3200 times:
Hey Guys -
I ask this to not just everybody but specifically to the pilot's for UA. I am still 15 almost 16 and am thinking of joining the airforce and then getting into commercial aviation as a pilot. I would want to be based in the US and fly for a US airline. What would be your advice on "airline choosing". I am thinking UA just because of their wide variety of planes. I have been told that when you go through the airforce you wouldn't have to start in the little prop planes but would be able to jump right into the jets. Is this true? And if so does UA give good pay for jet pilots or would you go with a different airline for better pay?
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3184 times:
Hello, so you want to fly for UA huh? Join the club. Right now we can't really ask questions about who is the best airline out there because we just won't know. You are only 15 but you sound like you are ready to apply for a job next week. By the time we are ready to apply for major ailrine jobs, proably after 10/15 years, who knows how the industry will have changed. All we can do is just build time, it's way too early to build fantasies about the airlines we are going to fly for. But to answer your question, NO UA is not the best airline to be flying for right now.
Caboclo From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2939 times:
Hi CX881. Currently UA is definitely not the place to be, but keep an eye on them, they might improve by the time you get there. In the meantime, if you don't like CX, broaden your horizons a little and consider the freight airlines. The box haulers have a reputation for being low quality, unsafe, and cheap, but that's not entirely true. Fedex, for intance, is almost as much in demand as Southwest for prospective pilots. UPS is also an excellent choice. Also, many of the asian cargo airlines have bases in the US. Singapore, Eva, China Airlines, etc, all buy new 747 freighters. Keep your options open, don't mentally commit yourself to one particular airline.
Badmax From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2850 times:
I have talked with a pilot who is flying Dash8 as a Captain. At the moment he is looking forward to fly bigger aircrafts, especially jets. He told me that most of the freight airlines are offering saisonal contracts and you have to pay the typerating by yourself.