HVNandrew From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 415 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2666 times:
I was thinking about this earlier. Usually the most senior mainline routes for US carriers are international flights to Europe, Asia, etc. But for regional carriers like OH, OO, EV, etc., what are the most senior routes? Are they also the longer routes in the system, or are they trips where the FA can leave and come back to their base in the same day?
Modesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2723 posts, RR: 6 Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2648 times:
Many times, the senior pilots bid for longer flights (fewer legs per day) and good overnights. In our system, the longer flights are usually 2+ hours. Many of our guys like Mexican overnights like SJD and VER while some domestic overnights including SAV and IND have a good reputation.
Amccann From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 171 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2557 times:
I have no inside experience on this question, but I too am curious about the answer. I figured it would have been the routes that allowed the crew to return to home at the end of the day. Then again, I am also thinking of the question in terms of pilots and copilots building their hours and trying to save money. Therefore is was thinking they would prefer to end up at their own home.
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Loggat From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 665 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2358 times:
PHL-IAH-PHL is about a 7:30 pay day with a duty time of about 9 hours. Usually, those legs are built into pairings with other not so good flights though. When by themselves, it's a senior day trip for our PHL based pilots. Same with PHL-DFW-PHL.
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Saab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1608 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2243 times:
This is totally different than what the folks at a major would bid for.
Every regional is going to be different. But an example of a very senior trip (our nr. 1 pilot in domocile bids the same trip each month) is a 1-day trip that goes ORF-CLT-LEX-CLT-PHF-CLT-ORF. You do 3 on and 4 off and it finishes early enough to commute home on the last day. It's a fairly high credit line with 18 days off and is commutable on each end.
But it is rare that a pilots bids a route. Pilots bid for things like max days off, earliest finish time (for commutability), weekends off, max block credit, etc.