Delta737 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 516 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (15 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 823 times:
You can become an 737 express captain in about 2 years, but to become a junior mainline captain on the md-88 will take about 8 or so. We've got a lot of retirements coming up so who knows where those numbers will go.
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Boeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 958 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 822 times:
This friend of mine from Boston was hired by Delta in '79 and the airline did not hire any pilots for several years. He was an Engineer on a B727for about 8years and then another 8years as first officer, until he got to be captain on the T-tail aircraft. So, back when pilots were hired in the late seventies it took them some time to reach the goal of captaincy.