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xaarman last won the day on December 21 2017

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  1. AA: Pros: Tons of retirements, significantly more than any other legacy. Seniority is everything. Wide body international flying. If you desire international narrow body, tons of Caribbean/Central America destinations. Easy flying, I either sit reserve in base or afternoon flying, no more than 2 legs a day, I rarely set an alarm clock. Can do turns or 4 days. Average Calendar Day + Sit time. Sick if Needed. In house union (I view this as a pro, others don't. We have lots of control over our Committees.) Work rules can be advantageous but they are not simple and take effort. Cons: AA Pilot group is apathetic and morale is low. Great news is see first sentence above. Current CEO/COO are cheap, and management is very old fashioned "we are management, you are labor." Culture is the opposite of SWA. Lots of debt. Hopefully our Scheduling issues can be fixed in the next contract, but management will drag it out for years... and most senior AA pilots (as in age, not seniority number) just want to get paid and go home before they retire <2025. Despite the above, it still beats Active Duty by a long shot, for both pay and time off.
  2. It happens. We’ve had guys float six months earning reserve guarantee. Either the CKA forgets to turn in their qualification paperwork, or they go non-current as a Reserve dude… so they never search legal for trips but also are never actively removed from a sequence. it’s a good deal when you get it. And unlike the military, you are not expected to do the companies job to notify them when they’ve screwed up.
  3. Congratulations, one more pass over and you get paroled early… just in time for the major boom in hiring. Timing is everything, availability is key and you hit the jackpot. The airlines are surprisingly full of passed over Captains (me) laughing all the way to the bank. Let me know if you have any questions on the process. It seems scary, but it’s truly the best thing to ever happen to you.
  4. I am late to the party (closed about 2 months ago) but just got back to these boards. Big props to Jon for helping us buy a house in the middle of a huge winter storm, requiring day by day adjustments on the property tax numbers with a terrible (seller agent chosen) title company. Biggest compliment also came from our Realtor who said she had never heard of Trident Home Loans before and was initially suspicious of an out of state, unknown broker... but even then she was singing praises of how responsive and helpful Jon (and the THL staff) was, especially during the last week before closing where all the shenanigans happened.
  5. Y’all shouldn’t care about any of this. You are the other 50%. The key is availability. I bet all 6 destination jobs will be hiring by the end of the year.
  6. We have also seen a lot of pent up demand. Everyone has been working for a year+ and has a ton of saved up vacation to use. Problem is they have nowhere to go, if they can even go at all. All airlines think business travel will be back, and all gave a similar example - the second someone loses a multi million dollar deal due to Zoom issues, the company will spend a grand to send the salesman in person. edit: AA earnings call said pilot hiring might resume in the "not to distant future" ... whatever that means
  7. It's mostly right wing pundits latching onto single liners without context. He's had a life long challenge with speech and its effects: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/01/joe-biden-stutter-profile/602401/ https://thehill.com/changing-america/respect/accessibility/471707-how-joe-bidens-gaffes-have-affected-his-campaign-and If one doesn't want to vote for Biden, fine... but don't parrot talking points that have nothing to do with policy or positions.
  8. I can't wait for the regret sales to start. Rogue Fitness 260lb set (more than I'd ever need), retails for $595, listed for $1200. https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/spo/d/washington-rogue-fitness-new-bumper/7141548830.html
  9. Been looking at a Rogue Fitness home gym. They seem to demand a premium, but the only company that has the customer service and regular stock (until COVID hit.) Hoping there will be tons of regret sales as things start opening up. Wife wants a Peloton as well.
  10. Maybe one airline can exist with passengers at current levels. Travel numbers are coming up extremely slowly, but hey, it's progress! https://www.tsa.gov/coronavirus/passenger-throughput Currently at 9% of last year!
  11. I'm gonna go a different route - I was a clean cut and don't miss the Guard/Reserve either. Still have the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Law school if everything else fails and/or I lose my medical. Totally signing up for our 55 hours/mo of paid leave for six months if offered though. Donno bout you all, but I can easily live on 10k/month (401k incl) for free.
  12. Not a day goes by where I wish I stayed in. Job security included. Live below your means, keep your wife amount to under 2 definitely less than 3, save appropriately, and enjoy the ride. Always hope for the best but plan for the worst. Still better than Active Duty.
  13. So what’s the deal with the feds emergency rate cut this morning? How long until the trickle down reaches VA loan applicants?
  14. What everyone else said. We're hiring everyone right now and will be for a while. If not, UAL, DAL, or SWA will hire you. You won't be at the front of the wave, but short of some game-changing economic event, if you want to fly for the airlines, there will be options. All are better than Active Duty. In full disclosure, I did get called out on Reserve, so that will be 7 days worked this month. UGH. PS: Personal opinion, the MCAS issues set automation/single pilot ops back an additional 10 years. PPS: Pick the place where you can drive to work
  15. So there's the public part of an airline, and then there's flying for an airline. For example, SWA is a great company, but the flying does not appeal to me anymore. I'd been happy to get hired there coming out of the military (it was one of my top 3) but now that I'm here, I'm happy I'm not in a 737 flying domestic (incl Mexico and Hawaii) for the next 30 years. This is an example of the latter, nothing in this article affects my daily life. Sure we made less than UAL/DAL, but that's for the MBAs to figure out. And surprisingly, we still made 2.9 BILLION dollars this year. When our summer operation turned into a mess, the 737 MAX was grounded, and our stock price hit a new low, we pay a billion dollars in interest on our debt... we still made 2.9 billion. Now, you don't see Labor coming to the defense of management. We're in negotiations. Headlines are probably going to get worse before they get better. Especially with our past. But AA, the world's biggest airline, isn't going anywhere anytime soon. There's always someone at Hickam who wishes they were at Minot. My friends Miami IOE sequence has layovers in St Kitts and Medellin. Another friend exclusively bids Aruba layovers. What he said, bolded for emphasis. I also wouldn't mind seeing Alan Mullaly. But I do think AA is going to get worse before it gets better. PS: I'm posting this from my couch while on Reserve 🤷‍♂️
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