Jeremy
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B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 6:29 am

Are Jetblue Flight Crews allowed to commute to base?
I saw on the job postings that it said you must live within driving distance to JFK, LGB, or FLL.
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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 6:45 am

I don't know what that is all about. I have seen JetBlue pilot's commuting on many of my flights. In fact last time I flew JFK-IND, a B6 pilot was commuting home to Indy after a trip.
 
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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 6:49 am

Living in IND and working in NYC, wow now that is a commute. Maybe he doesn't live their, maybe he is visiting, Taking like 2 hours by plane to go to work doesn't sound normal.

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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 6:53 am

I don't think it's as uncommon as you think. For many people in the airline industry, commuting is just part of the job. When my aunt was based out of JFK for DL, she commuted SLC-JFK for 2 years. I also know a pilot that commutes from ATL-PHX. Happens all the time.
 
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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 7:41 am

It is pretty common for flight crews to commute. I know a pilot that commutes from LAX to EWR.
 
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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 7:47 am

My mom commutes PIT-DTW all the time.
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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 7:52 am

My girlfriend's dad is an A330 pilot for US, the commutes TPA-PHL for every trip.
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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 7:54 am

Quoting JetBlueAtJFK (Reply 2):
Living in IND and working in NYC, wow now that is a commute. Maybe he doesn't live their, maybe he is visiting, Taking like 2 hours by plane to go to work doesn't sound normal.

Actually, it's very common. A very large number of pilots live an hour or more flying time from their domicile.
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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 7:55 am

Quoting JetBlueAtJFK (Reply 2):
Taking like 2 hours by plane to go to work doesn't sound normal.

As a veteran commuter I can tell you that a 2-hour non-stop flight is what most commuter crewmembers would call an "easy commute". Especially nowadays, with some of the legacy carriers closing crew bases you have pilots and flight attendants making cross country, multi-leg commutes some of which require a change of planes. By comparison, IND-JFK is a piece of cake. My commute is about 3 hours round trip. I only have to make the commute 4 times a month. Many people who commute to work by car, spend way more time doing so per week than I do by plane.

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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 8:00 am

Living far away from where one might be based is quite a common thing within the airline industry. For instance at one airline , I know pilots whom are based in the North East that live all over including in Florida, Texas, Midwest, West Coast and even Alaska.

Jetblue might might have the drive time requirement for when one is sitting reserve. This can mean one must be able to report to work within a few hours of call out. Many crew member thus share a local apartment with several other crew members or stay at a cheap hotel during these periods.

In general I'd say especially in expensive base like NY, you will likely see a high percentage of commuters.
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Commuting

Sat Apr 16, 2005 11:14 am

I am a DEN based flight attendant. I live in the Los Angeles area. I commute home from work on all of my days off. It's a pretty easy commute, especially considering my airline's 6 daily flights to LAX, 3 daily flights to SNA, and my numerous jumpseat agreements to work with. Also, my company in particular happens to not have too many commuters from the L.A. area, as opposed to places like Phoenix/Tucson and a few cities in Texas. It's hard to do while on reserve since you don't have as many days off as hard lineholders and also because you're on call with crew scheduling. But once you have a hard line, the commute is sooooo much easier. As a hard lineholder, you know exactly where you're going and when one month in advance, and you can plan your commute accordingly.

The way I see it is like this: Instead of driving the 1-2 hours to work everyday in rush hour traffic for a 9-5 job, I fly 1-2 hours a day, 3-4 times a month, for a job that can potentially give me up to 20-22 days off a month (once I'm off reserve that is!) Big grin

Commuting is commonplace in the airline industry amongst pilots and flight attendants, although I have met a gate agent who commutes to work by airplane. It's all a matter of whether you're willing to commute or not, or live at your crew domicile. For me- I don't want to move to DEN, so I choose to commute and it's just like driving home from work, only I'm flying.

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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 11:31 am

I've seen B6 pilots on the US Airways Shuttle even when B6 didn't fly to LGA.
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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 11:48 am

What is the percentage of crews that commute to work? If it was up to me I wouldn't fly more than 400 miles. Why do crews choose to do this?
 
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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 11:59 am

when i was based in JFK i was commuting from LGB when i had my time off. talk about a long A$$ commute! (not to mention an hour and a half drive to get to LGB).

the hour driving distance time is mainly for reserves to report for a trip when on call.

now that i'm LGB based...no more 6 hr flight as a commute!  Smile

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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 1:17 pm

Do B6 employees get any sort of discount on their flights to their base? At least with the majors you can probably get discounts on the partners, but B6 do they having any employee partners for flights?
 
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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 4:23 pm

I met a CO first officer (DC-10)who was based in HNL but lived in Sacramento. He sat next to me from LAX to HNL, only to have a 5 hour wait to fly the evening flight to EWR. That seemed a little crazy to me, but he said that it was commonplace in the industry.

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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 4:37 pm

I met a CO first officer (DC-10)who was based in HNL but lived in Sacramento. He sat next to me from LAX to HNL, only to have a 5 hour wait to fly the evening flight to EWR. That seemed a little crazy to me, but he said that it was commonplace in the industry.

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RE: B6 Flight Crew Question.

Sat Apr 16, 2005 4:43 pm

Quoting Neilalp (Reply 14):
Do B6 employees get any sort of discount on their flights to their base? At least with the majors you can probably get discounts on the partners, but B6 do they having any employee partners for flights?

Our Pilots fly for free on any US airline [as far as I know, DL dropped that restriction] and the F/A's fly free on a handful of airlines, or $25 each way. I girl from my class commutes from HNL-JFK, and a good friend of mine commutes MEX-JFK. Talk about hell. LOL.
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