Fractionals direct Majors?

skyward80

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A quick question...
My eventual goal is to fly for a major airline. In today's economy, people will probably laugh at that, but hey... I'm young and not quite jaded. Currently, I am in the process of becoming the Assistant Chief Flight Instructor at my flight school which is a well-paid job. Due to financial obligations (read: student loans), I do not want to take a pay cut by going to the regionals. I know that fractionals have more favorable pay scales than most regionals which is why I would like to work for them. Is it possible to transition from a fractional to a major airline or is that a difficult bridge to cross? Any information would be sincerely appreciated.

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Skyward80
 

ukipilot

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Let me say this, that the airlines love fractional pilots alot, they fly to many different airports, are all typed, and have very good experience backgrounds. Eja lost a bunch last year to the majors, I for one had an interview set up with Delta back in July untill they cancelled it on me due to a hiring freeze, it will be awhile untill the airlines start hiring again, but I was told that the airlines have been interested in hiring from the fractionals more than the regionals due to the reasons above. My company was loosing between 2-4 pilots per month to the majors when they where hiring.
Good Luck
 

justApilot

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The majors don't really care where you get your time from. I flew part 135 bizjets all over the world. I gained so much more valuable experience than I would have flying commuters between a dozen city pairs. And the pay...it doesn't even compare. Good luck.
 

cactus

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I wish fractionals were around when I was stuck at the regional level. Great experience, great equipment, great flying, better pay than a regional, and they are run like an airline. If I was starting out today that's where I would be.
 

TrumanSparks

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Yes, the Majors like Frax pilots.

I've been at a fractional for almost 4 years, and I'm in the hiring pool for SWA. The vast majority of the pilots that leave the fractional I work for leave for the Majors. The ACP will look good on a resume, but be careful not to get too much "dual given", use the job to buildup some total time, then get some good multi and turbine.

Good Luck
 
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