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User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

Who choose schedule for pilots to fly on that route? Do some pilots who wants to fly on that route with approval by airlines? How do they arrange if weather delay or aircraft forced ground cancellation or swap aircraft e.i 737 to 757 at the same route? Please explain how they do that. Thanks.  

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User currently offlineAaron atp From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 533 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (15 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

For pilots who fly scheduled ops, they bid on a line at the beginning of each month; Seniority rules. Dispatch just "works it out" in the case of unexpected events.

As for a the other question, it would be a matter of airline policy and whether or not the pilot is typed/current in those aircraft.

That's the beauty of unsched ops, you just do what you have to do when you're told to do it... none of that "I'm tired of this line" bs.


User currently offlineDC-9CAPT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

Or if you're lucky enough to be on reserve status like some of us, you can expect short notice call ups and weekends.

Your schedule basically depends on your domocile, seniority, and the aircraft the airline flies there. Although my airline flies both DC-9s and MD-80s out of my base, I'm locked into the DC-9 for the next 18 months (even though I have a Type on both) due to my relatively low seniority, reserve status, and the fact that I started out on DC-9s.

I can't speak for every situation, but in the case of a situation where there is an equipment change, crew going illegal, etc--a reserve crew will have to be called in. This is a very tricky situation if it happens away from a hub where a replacement aircraft/and or crew cannot be scheduled.

Incidently, this may be straying away a little bit, but a lot of small regional airlines are now basing their crews at "remote outposts". An example is as follows: Mesaba Aviation. Even though Mesaba is based out of MSP, its crews are domociled in such places as Wausau, Escanaba, and Rhinelander. This is due to the fact that their aircraft RON at these locations, and basing their crews there saves them big bucks!!--in hotel bills.

Other examples are Piedmont which has a crew base in New Bern, NC, Skywest--Yuma, etc. Bottom line is that scheduling is a very complex issue

User currently offlineAlbatross From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2000, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

Every month Bid packages are published by the Scheduling Dept. for each Pilot Base and Equipment type
that show the pairings available. You bid based on your senority..if you are number 12 in senority then you only need make 12 choices..if no.215, well then you may not have much of a choice. Once you are awarded a line, many things happen that can change it; vacation, reccurrent training, equipment substitution, training pilots buying your trip, WX/ATC/MX delays and the like.

User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (15 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

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