|Quoting A300605R (Reply 1):|
I guess Wilco737 could answer that question very well...
Roger will do
|Quoting GearDownPlease (Thread starter):|
When it comes to being a job, what are the benefits/inconveniences of flying on a narrow-body or wide-body network ?
I will keep it short as well! on the 737 (where I have been) you do a lot of actually flying! Up to 5 flights a day, many take offs and landings, always stress to stay in your schedule, short ground times, delays, flying faster thus louder in the cockpit, nice stopovers in familar aeras, SHORT layovers, sometimes only 12 hours (who needs sleep) ?
Long haul in a wide body. Now I am flying MD11Fs. Everything is a little slower... You wont touch anything of the paperwork until you have reached your cruising level, and you have a lot of time do prepare your approach and do all the papwerwork, you have enough time to eat, drink (NON alcohol of course
), BUT on the other hand: LONG flights, jetlags, sleeping will be difficult sometimes, red eye flights, everything can get pretty much F***** up...
Airplanewise: Well, I LOVE the 737! It was so much fun flying with her! its a great airplane, small cockpit though. Long haul, bigger aircrafts, yeah, you can say HEAVY while talking to ATC, but who cares
And you have a nice overview from up there when on the ground, in the air, nobody cares again
Oh and of course: FLying a big bird you get higher chances that A.net spotter actually point their camera at you!
I flew 3 years 737s and now roughly a year MD11Fs. I must say: I miss the FLYING! I am more traveling around the world, doing a landing every once in a while... As a beginning I would suggest: go short haul and learn all that stuff, I mean flying, landing, the operation etc etc... Once you are on long haul, you will get rusty automatically!
Oh, and in EVERY aircraft using a Flight director, there is a buttong to switch it off: DO
it from time to time in order not to get too rusty too soon
I hope that helped you a bit making your decision...