flyboy80
Posts: 1812
Joined: Fri Jul 13, 2001 8:10 am

From YV To QX

Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:10 am

Hey, looking for some opinions here. I currently work for YV, IM a FA and even though I really like my job, as far as the job itself, IM not a huge fan of the company and the drama on the ground is always an issue, among several other things. Plus we are consistently frowned apon in the industry, a lot of times im practically embarassed to check in on another airline with my badge. Anyways, the job was just something I got out of school, as I was taking a few additional online courses. However I applied for a job with horizon-air in their operations department, as well as Alaska Air as a gate agent, As would like to finish my commercial ratings. Im just curious to know if Alaska and Horizon are good companies to work for? I hear pretty much nothing but positive remarks about both of them. Anyone care to comment? By the way, I have the horizon interview exactly two weeks before the AS one, in all honestly I think I would enjoy being an Alaska CS agent more, but the horizon job sounds very interesting , and pays 2.00/hr more. I have previous experience working gates, and FYI, both jobs are located in Portland, OR. Any comments, or thoughts? thanks!
brian
 
as739x
Posts: 4992
Joined: Tue Apr 15, 2003 7:23 am

RE: From YV To QX

Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:04 am

My personal opinion is Alaska Airlines is a wonderful company to work for. I have given 8 1/2 years to AS and don't regret a minute. I won't sugar coat it and say its perfect, it has its drama, but everywhere you go you will have it. Its a fair company, treat people pretty well. It also has a very good reputation in the industry. Horizon, I'll take the 5th. But good luck to you in your future. Message me if you have any questions.

ASLAX
"Some pilots avoid storm cells and some play connect the dots!"
 
We're Nuts
Posts: 4723
Joined: Sun Jun 04, 2000 6:12 am

RE: From YV To QX

Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:17 am

I used to be a Mesa FA too, but got out of that mess in Dec. If you want to keep flying, look at Republic - they are hiring at all 17 bases, including the new Frontier operation in Denver. Southwest is always hiring, too, but unless you know someone in the company you probably won't hear back for 5-6 months. I'm not sure how old you are, because obviously that is a huge issue for getting on with airlines, but RP is 19 and WN is 20. If you want to chat more let me know.
Dear moderators: No.
 
flyboy80
Posts: 1812
Joined: Fri Jul 13, 2001 8:10 am

RE: From YV To QX

Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:38 pm

Im 19...I applied to republic, but my issue is I don't want to commute anymore, I've commuted for a long time and I really just cant do it anymore. A dream come true for me would be to fly for QX out of PDX...but Im three years away from that happening...and by then Im sure I'll be over the whole F/A thing. I just had three WN f/a's on my plane to TEX tell me that I should come work there and to give them my name, which I got to busy for and forgot to do, but I did apply there. Will be 20 soon. I just can't take mesa anymore, this shit is absolutely ridiculous, the rules are so stupid, they just make it tough on their line workers to just be evil I think somedays! Im looking at Virgin America and Skybus, but like I said, commuting is something Im not into anymore...I guess I will work at QX maybe and be miserable?
 
We're Nuts
Posts: 4723
Joined: Sun Jun 04, 2000 6:12 am

RE: From YV To QX

Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:05 pm

Well you are right about Mesa management, but ask yourself, do you really want to work on more regional jets? By the time you are 21, you can go anywhere - why on Earth would you be a FA for QX? Not that they aren't a great company, but regionals aren't made for careers.

It seems like you and I are sort of in the same boat. My advice is to find a company you'd want to retire at. The job doesn't matter as much, because it's much easier to move laterally within a company than it is to get hired again with someone else.
Dear moderators: No.
 
QXatFAT
Posts: 2310
Joined: Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:51 pm

RE: From YV To QX

Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:23 pm

QX is amazing. You will not be miserable trust me.
Don't Tread On Me!
 
QXRamperMEII
Posts: 93
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 2:49 pm

RE: From YV To QX

Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:04 pm

Well I"m going to have a bit of a biased opinion...

That said, QX is a great company to work for. I've been with them about 3.5 years, in both SEA and PDX, on the ramp; I'm currently building time with as a flight instructor to get on with them as a pilot.

I didn't work for Horizon so I could fly for them initially; it was the other way around. I decided to become a pilot, for them, after I gained employment.

The thing that stands out for me is how tight-knit the airline is; it's big enough to be taken seriously (except by Alaska, but all of us at QX know we keep Alaska in business), but small enough to have a great atmosphere. Sure, there are times I get frustrated and tired of the drama, but as previously mentioned you'll get that anywhere. Plus, at least from my perspective, they're big on advancement. I've gotten a ton of help already with transitioning from the ramp to flight ops, from my management, other pilots, and even the senior hire / fire guys (I've met the Chief Pilot a few times to talk it over) and it seems like they like to cultivate their employees within the company.

Ok as for F/A stuff...I'm dating a QX F/A with about 1.5 years in...she loves it. Sat reserve for about 5 months before she held a regular line, but it's even sooner now. They get worked a bit due to a shortage of F/A's across the board (actually F/A's and pilots), but that bodes well for you if you want to get on. I've asked her a few times if she ever wants to go on to a major, and its an emphatic no every time. She likes people, loves her job, and doesn't want to be one of those "bitchy old flight attendants"

Bottom line: it depends on what you want out of the job. Little bit more money, bigger everything, impersonal work environment: go to a major. If you want to enjoy your job, see your friends, and have fun, go with QX
 
flyboy80
Posts: 1812
Joined: Fri Jul 13, 2001 8:10 am

RE: From YV To QX

Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:00 am

thanks for the replies guys...I guess I really just have to think it over. My aunt is a FA for horizon, and she has mixed opinions day to day, so I figured I'd get some more opinions accross the board here. Anyone else is welcome to comment! thanks
 
travatl
Posts: 1943
Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2001 4:57 pm

RE: From YV To QX

Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:45 am

As a Mesa refugee myself (I left there 14 years ago, and it still haunts me...), I say RUN!! Both QX and AS have excellent reputations in this industry....
 
S5FA170
Posts: 528
Joined: Sun Sep 18, 2005 3:04 am

RE: From YV To QX

Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:39 am

From what I can tell as a regional airline flight attendant, QX is a pretty solid company to fly for. I understand the pay isn't that bad at all, and the Q400 seems to be a nice plane! (Don't get me started on the CR7 lol)

I have a best friend that works at Mesa (where are you based? He's in IAD) and I know all about the daily life of a Mesa FA! God bless you all!

I also have a friend who works with me here at Republic and commutes out of Portland, OR to DCA. Now thats a commute! But we are opening up the Denver base, we also have a base in ORD which is very commutable, along with about 15 others, IAH also would be rather commutable.

If you have any questions about Republic/Chautauqua/Shuttle America, feel free to PM me!
Prepare doors for departure and cross-check.
 
flyboy80
Posts: 1812
Joined: Fri Jul 13, 2001 8:10 am

RE: From YV To QX

Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:12 am

Hey...I applied for Republic because I thought, well it might be worth it to commute to Denver as long as I was flying for a cool company, but its been almost two weeks and I haven't heard anything back...and that was with a reference in the company so..who knows.
 
AirframeAS
Posts: 9811
Joined: Thu Feb 05, 2004 3:56 pm

RE: From YV To QX

Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:15 am

Speaking from experence, I would go to QX over AS anyday...expecially on the COPS workgroup. Its difficult to pass a 6 month probationary period as a CSA in Seattle. Ive had countless friends fail probation there, hence as to why its difficult to pass. Granted, AS is a great company to work for. But QX is where you really want to be even though I have never worked for them, mind you.

Try QX first though.
A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
 
S5FA170
Posts: 528
Joined: Sun Sep 18, 2005 3:04 am

RE: From YV To QX

Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:16 am

Hey there,

I'm not sure exactly how the hiring is being done now that we are doing open-houses across the country, but I have heard several people say they had to call the company and check on the status of their application/interview to hear anything. If I can find anything out about our new hiring procedures, I'll let you know.
Prepare doors for departure and cross-check.
 
flyboy80
Posts: 1812
Joined: Fri Jul 13, 2001 8:10 am

RE: From YV To QX

Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:16 am

hey thanks a lot! Everyone has been very helpful...
 
travatl
Posts: 1943
Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2001 4:57 pm

RE: From YV To QX

Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:22 am

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 11):
Speaking from experence, I would go to QX over AS anyday...expecially on the COPS workgroup. Its difficult to pass a 6 month probationary period as a CSA in Seattle. Ive had countless friends fail probation there, hence as to why its difficult to pass.

For what reasons are they failing to complete their probationary periods?

Who is online