I know everyone is different but what was your timeline from flight instructor to United Airlines?
Did you get assigned the 737 or was that an option for you? I ask because I’ve read before on Airline Pilot Central that “New hires can expect all fleets (B737, A320, B756, B787, or B777).” United’s page hasn’t been updated since January 24, 2021 (Hiring).
On the first day of basic indoctrination, pilots bid for their aircraft and base. The 737 was my first choice and luckily I had the seniority in class to hold it. Every class “drop” has different options. For the the most part, there has been about 30 737 bids, 6-8 A320, 10 757/767, 2-3 777 or 787.
As for the timeline, I started ATP in Jan 2019. Feel free to check out the link for more details:
Forgive my ignorance but I am curious. Do you make multiple bid’s, sort of like a 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice? What happens if you bid the 777/787 but you do not get it? Do they just assign you to another option?
Are the 30 737 Bid’s scattered at the various United Hubs? Do you choose that too? I imagine the larger aircraft are only at a few Hubs if that’s the case too.
If it’s to complicated to explain I get it
Either way it is awesome to see your journey to arrive at United after starting ATP in 2019. Thank you for sharing.
Yes, you rank your bids in order of what you want. Sure, you can put in that 777 Captained as a new hire, but you better have several, realistic backups options listed as well. The various positions will be spread across the bases that those airplanes fly out of. At United we have 737s in every base, but the larger airplanes are only in certain bases, or have small presences in the bases. CLE is a strictly 737 base for us, as is MCO and LAS.
The first day bid is very simplistic. There is a board that lists all the available options with aircraft and base, most are tied together unless you have a choice. For example:
737 EWR or IAH
Then there is a school house roll call from the #1 most senior in the class to the most junior. You stand up and proudly yell what you want, “Hannah Hawks, EWR 737 First officer”. As the options dwindle the farther down the seniority list, the smaller your options become.