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A question for Chris

Chris,
Aspiring United Pilot here. I have a question to ask you, if you don’t mind me asking. If your not comfortable answering, that is totally fine. My question is, about how long were you on a reserve line when you joined United? Or are you still on reserve?
Thanks,
Wyatt P.

Wyatt,

I have no problem at all answering that, or just about any other question that you can throw at me. I was actually hired by Continental Airlines in 2007. At that time I was on reserve for two months before I held a line, which I have done ever since. Continental merged with United in 2010, but I maintained my relative seniority and continued to hold a line.

Right now I am a senior first officer, so reserve is nowhere in my immediate future. If I were to someday be able to hold Captain I would be on reserve for probably a year or two at that point.

Chris

Chris,
Thank you for being so generous with your information. It is greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Wyatt Parks

Wyatt,

Anytime, feel free to ask whatever you think of.

Chris

Chris,
Thanks. I appreciate that.