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Line Vs. Reserve Pilots

Sat Jun 23, 2001 2:29 am

I apologize if this is a stupid question, but I was wondering how the reserve vs. line pilot structure works.

If you are a reserve pilot, are you always on reserve status, or only at certain times? Is status related to seniority, would a pilot move from reserve to line with greater tenure?

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RE: Line Vs. Reserve Pilots

Sat Jun 23, 2001 2:33 pm

Every airline is different and every airline/pilot contract is different. In general, if you hold a Reserve Line for the month, you're "on-call" most days during that month. In general, if you hold a Line for the month, you've got a schedule for the entire month and can trade trips to change your schedule as you see fit (provide it complies with contract/FAR limitations).

Pilots "bid" by seniority for each monthly (or whatever) schedule. The more senior you are, the better your chances of getting the schedule you want. What you bid is whatever you want. At AA I still see many very senior pilots (#1 or #2 in bid status) bidding Reserve because that is what they want. Personally, I prefer any SNA schedule I can hold to the uncertainty of Reserve duty or the LAX schedules. Last month I held next to last SNA line (25 of 26). Next month I've got my third choice (3 of 27). I'm still about 42nd of 60+ in my bid status. Go figure.  Confused


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RE: Line Vs. Reserve Pilots

Sun Jun 24, 2001 2:27 am

Thanks AAR90 for the info. What a/c did you fly for AA before they picked up the 737?
 
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RE: Line Vs. Reserve Pilots

Sun Jun 24, 2001 6:15 am

In order of most current to least current:

Captain: B737, MD90
First Officer: B767/757, F100, B767/757, MD80
Flight Engineer: DC10, B727
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