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What Are The Most Senior Regional Routes?  
User currently offlineHVNandrew From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 455 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4089 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?

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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4071 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.

User currently offlineAmccann From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3980 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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User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3585 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3974 times:

Two common ones @ OO are standups (AKA CDOs, highspeeds, illegals, basically just last flight to the outstation and first flight in the morning) and the two leg local (SLC-PVR or something like that).

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User currently offlineLoggat From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 681 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3781 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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User currently offlineWingnutMN From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3696 times:

The most senior routes at XJ are Mon-Thur, Late start early ends and have all weekends off and usually 14-16 days off.


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User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3839 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3666 times:

Perhaps it depends on seasons and destinations, MIA in winter would be a great stopover.

User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1621 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3666 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.

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