Dear Jetguy and friends -
Good one indeed... for me is "choice of airline" when seeking a pilot job...
I made a big mistake 4 times in my career...
First, I wanted to join an airline that was big, or with prestige, way back in the late 1960s... I had interviews with many, United, Delta, American... but they did not appeal to me, they were basically domestic carriers, and flying between Atlanta and Chicago did not appeal to me.
I had my 3 favorite airlines, PanAm, TWA, both were international carriers, and I looked at Eastern, then the "biggest" US airline... the 3 are gone now...
I got hired by PanAm... many layoffs, bankruptcy in 1991... first mistake.
During a layoff, I was a 707 captain with a supplemental charter carrier, miserable salary, got to know the director of operations of Air California, operating 737s... he offered me a job... I turned it down... "who, me, an international 707 captain being a 737 co-pilot between SFO
for the rest of my days... no sir....?" - my second mistake, they were acquired by American, 3 years later.
In 1987, while back with PanAm, United bought the Pacific Division... Who - me, experienced international captain, going with United, a bunch of idiots who do not know anything overwater, except going to HNL
...?" - third mistake...
In 1992, was with Cargolux, flying their 747-200s, they were acquiring their first 747-400s... they offered me to go on their 747-400s... but for that they told me I had to fly 6 months as first officer... "who me, flying co-pilot again...?" - fourth mistake... Now Argentina is getting the 747-400s, and the days of the 747-200s are over, maybe 2 years to go, at best...