Gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3516 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8149 times:
Quoting ATLAaron (Reply 3): So you think they just non-rev to get where they need to be to report for work?
Pretty much. Growing up in the Seattle suburbs, I had a neighbor who flew 747s for JL (who don't even serve SEA), so I don't think it's terribly uncommon (quite the opposite I'd guess) for pilots to live far away from their airline's main hubs.
I know of a few pilots who live in New Zealand and fly for airlines that do not even service the country. It doesn't matter where you live, you can negotiate in your contract how you will travel to the airlines hub, what class of travel to get there and family travel etc.
C133 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8114 times:
At my airline, before I retired at least, a puilot on reserve (on call) was supposed to be no more than an hour away by surface transportation, but nothing prevented a pilot from commuting to his base and standing reserve in a hotel or crash pad. It's not any fun, but can be done. And some commuting stories are the stuff of legend. Imagine needing to get to work and facing full airplanes or serious weather delays. It's all happened.....
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Curmudgeon From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 695 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7834 times:
It is possible to live quite far from your base, but commuting gets old very quickly. The farthest I lived from work was 9 hours by jet, but the most vexing was living 160 km by road from my job in Canada.
Pilot rosters seem to vary quite a bit between carriers-some are home most nights, so commuting is out. Others go to work only twice (very long trips, though) . I think most people end up in a different city because of rapid expansion/contraction of their carrier's fleet-no sense moving for what may only be a year or so before promotion or furlough.
Curmudgeon (who suddenly remembers why I AM a curmudgeon)
DesertFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7797 times:
My uncle who was a F/A with AA based at JFK, but lived near LAX. Wasn't an issue except he hated the job and quite after years of calling in sick all the time. Personally, I would like to live in California, but be based out of PHX. Anything more than a 5 hour flight seems excessive to me, just my opinion though.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7778 times:
HV has a rule for FAs at least (possibly pilots too) that they should be (while on duty) be able to reach Schiphol (or the other end of the route if they're inbound) within an hour.
Effectively that means they should live within an hour travel distance by train or car from the airport during rush hour traffic, or roughly 40km.
UA772IAD From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 1746 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7750 times:
As others have said, commuting is an option. Many pilots who upgrade to larger equipment (unless they live in the city that has a crew base), end up commuting. (E.G. A pilot who lives in DEN but commutes to ORD).
I have heard of UA crews who are based out of SEA and live in Tokyo. Likewise I have heard of NYC based flight attendants who live in Japan.
I'm sure commuting can get old though, particularly if your last leg passes through your hometown! I recently flew DEN-IAD, and the captain (752) was DEN based, but finishing his last leg. At IAD he deadheaded on a flight back to DEN. Talk about a commute...