|Quoting jodoloy (Reply 3):|
Are there any major differences between American Eagle and Express Jet? Which would more advantageous from a career, pay, or scheduling standpoint?
Eagle is facing tremendous pressure to further reduce their compensation right now. To be honest I don't know of many upsides to going to Eagle at the moment other than a potential shot at AA
down the road. But that can be a false carrot too. ExpressJet flies a large amount of 50 seat airplanes that are on their way out over the next several years, but they are owned by a company with a good head on its shoulders. Unfortunately it is difficult to say which regional now will set you up the best for your career. There are so many variables at play, and things can change so dramatically in this part of the industry that what is the place to be today can be a dead end in just a year or two. See Comair, or Pinnacle for recent examples. One was a great company for a while and no longer exists. The other just two years ago had a brand new contract and a ton of potential and is now a shell of its former self, trying to survive under Delta's protection but will still inevitably furlough 2/3's of it's pilot group.
When it comes time to pick an airline go with the one where you can live either in base, or within reasonable driving distance. If you have to commute pick the easiest commute. Short flight, lots of scheduled flights per day, etc. You will be much, much, much happier living in base than if you commute. Don't chase an upgrade, by the time word gets out about a quick upgrade at one company or another, you've missed the boat. Look at the reputation of a company, the things people say about one place or another are said for a reason. If things continue like they are, when you meet the hiring minimums for Eagle or XJT you'll likely meet the minimums for several other regionals. Look around, don't limit yourself to those two just because there is an agreement.
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