I have a question about seniority.
So when you first get hired by a major, you start as a first year FO (for a 737). After five years say you decide you want to become a captain on the 737. Once accepted, does your seniority fall back down to a year one Captain, or do you get to retain the years that you flew for the 737 as a FO (now 6 years of seniority, but now a Captain). I assume that you go back down to a year one, and have to struggle through the little seniority.
Is it also the same if you are transitioning between aircraft? Say I’m going from the 737 to 777. If I have been the Captain on the 737 for 8 years, do I go back down to a year one FO for the 777 again at the bottom of the list?
Is there any way to go from Captain of one aircraft straight to Captain of another aircraft without spending some years as a FO on the new aircraft first?
I ask this to get a better idea not only about scheduling, buy pay as well.
One more side question.
I saw the United Airlines Pilot Union worked to approve pay raises of around 3-4% through 2019. Is that something that is going to consistently happen in the future. And is the raise usually just to account for inflation?
THANKS SO MUCH!!!