CriticalPoint wrote:GalaxyFlyer wrote:CriticalPoint wrote:
No. Regional pilots don’t make any money because that is how the regionals survive. If they paid a wage that was equal to mainline they would not be able to exist.
They are paid to little because the system is broken. You need experience to get paid good money but you can’t get experience unless you get a job flying airplanes. The companies at the bottom say hey we got a seat you can fill but we are only go to pay you scraps. And a new pilot begrudgingly takes the low paid position because he has too.
You pretty much proved his point—in order to get the big bucks, many are willing to take low pay in the hope getting picked for big bucks, great life. One follows the other.
I wouldn’t say I proved his point. In 2003 when United went bankrupt pilots took a 30% pay cut and some got bumped to lower paying equipment. I have friends that took a 50% pay cut over night. Still the regionals paid horrible and then doubled in size. The mainline pilots taking 30% pay cuts did nothing to get the regional pilots paid.
If All pilots at AA/DL/UA took a 30% pay cut tomorrow the regional pilots would see none of it. The money would go straight to the shareholders.
Yes, the Guppykillers! I have known and flown with a bunch of “instant” airline pilots, unfortunately. They all had wet commercials with 250 hours and thought they had hit the jackpot on the way to glory. But, those junior birdmen all joined the regionals in the belief they’d eventually be hired and get the golden ring tha5 was much better than RJ pay.
They paid for their greed with stagnation, low pay.