Me From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 220 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2520 times:
I need more info
1. What is my relitive senority?
2. What will my quality of life be like on each aircraft? (ie. more days off, working holidays, etc.
3. Will either aircraft require me to commute to my domicile?
4. Pay is ALWAYS an issue.
These are some of the things pilots consider when making that kind of choice.
By the way, I had the option of upgrading on the B717 or the old DC-9, I took the -9. Better schedules and a higher relitive senority FAR exceeds the pleasure of flying a brand new airplane.
Exusair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 684 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2478 times:
3 f/a's on a 737 with a 10 hour layover in PIT. 15 f/a 's on a 747 with a 36 hr layover in MEL. Your likeliness to get laid on a layover increases 5 fold on the 747. Times that number by 2 if your layover is in an awesome city for more than 24hrs, and the Captain is buying all of the drinks.....The 747 looks pretty damn good up close and from the layover hotel!
Now, what are the chances of upgrade. Hmm. The junior manning for the 737 ;eft seat is March 1996 at SFO. Hell, that's four years. The JUNIOR 747 FO at LAX is more senior than the junior 737 Capt!!! A four year 737 Capt makes 16 dollars more per flight hour than the 747 FO.
Oh yeah, Capt's pay
What's the junior CAPT slot for the 747? Jan '78 at ORD. Hmm can you say GRAYBEARD???
Delta737 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 516 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2405 times:
Nah, I'd rather be a 737 captain than a 747 FO. Of course I can hold 737 Captain in MCO and within a year of holding MD-88 Captain in NYC, but that'd be a monsterous commute from PHX.
After your first few months online, the plane doesn't matter as much. When I first got on the 737, I thought I was the king of the world until I realized how slow mach .72 is when you're flying the last leg home in a headwind. The MD-90 is tremendous aircraft and fun to fly with the EFIS/FMS, but now I'm hooked and can't read a enroute chart worth a crap anymore.
Plus, as FO, you have to play chameleon during the trip. There's nothing more unnerving than trying to determine what the captain is going to be like.
Most guys are fantastic to fly with and it's 99.999% awesome. Unfortunately, there's always that occasional guy you fly with that is on the 'boorish' side and doesn't understand that he's not the hot shot maverick he thinks he is. You know, the "hey son, lemme showya sumthin'"-type
I think it's best said that once you're captain, you no longer have to worry about getting along with the monster in the left seat.... You ARE the monster in the left seat!!
Boeingrulz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 532 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2365 times:
I would jump in the sack with anyone who has even looked at a control column. That's how cheap I am. Enough about me. Chicks dig guys in uniform and after a couple of drinks a Fairchild Metro F/O will do.
Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 749 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2358 times:
Hmmm, intersting question. I would be a captain on the 737. There is nothing wrong with the 737. Besides, flying the 747 is mainly on long flights, and flying the 737 would be shorter trips, with more takeoffs and landings, the fun parts. Pay in issue, then I would right-seat it on the -47.
Sfo From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2345 times:
I know a pilot(Asian Airline) who had to make this choice several years ago. He chose to be a 744 FO because the 47 took him to more places than a regional 37. He recently lost his job due to downsizing.
He says his prospect of getting a job anywhere is much more favorable if he had chosen to be a 37 Captain. There are of course a lot more 737s around the world and I understand Captain experience is much more in demand than FO time.