I know many would work for whichever airline offered them a job. BUT if you had your choice:
New airline (less than 10 years old)? Like Jet Blue, Airtran, Vanguard, et al
-chance to be senior quickly
-small and more personal employee relations
Commuter? Skywest. Comair.
-chance to be senior more quickly
-ability to bid to be home everynight
Big Freight? UPS. Fedex. DHL.
Big airline? UAL, BA, AMR
-pass priviledges to varied locals
-choices (ie intl or domestic on varied aircraft types)
-more at risk to economic pressures
-only one aircraft for entire career (good or bad?)
-difficult scheduling (they fly much more than others)
International carrier with little domestic feed? Virgin.
-uncertain future in tough times
Other choices I have mentioned?
What would you choose for a long career and why?