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YVR Commuters

Post by Canada340 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:32 pm

Wondering if there's anyone who commutes from YYZ/YUL to YVR. I'd love to hear how you make it work, what the schedules are like for more junior guys, etc. Are you able to bid pairings that begin and end with deadheads to YVR? DM me if you'd like.

Thanks!
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Re: YVR Commuters

Post by FOD_Vacuum » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:40 am

I would like to second this-if you can let us know, that would be great! PM me also!
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Re: YVR Commuters

Post by RILEY » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:26 pm

How junior is Transats YVR base?
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Re: YVR Commuters

Post by andy_mtl » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:36 pm

As per this last bid only 1 fo is based in yvr. So not junior whats so ever .
We do have a jump seat agreement with air canada and westjet availeable as of day 1.

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Re: YVR Commuters

Post by FOD_Vacuum » Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:57 am

andy_mtl wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:36 pm
As per this last bid only 1 fo is based in yvr. So not junior whats so ever .
We do have a jump seat agreement with air canada and westjet availeable as of day 1.

Andy
Does this mean that it takes quite some time to hold YVr vase as an FO? I would be commuting to YYZ but would rather not move there and instead would love to be based in YVR. How many FO spots are there at any given time?
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Re: YVR Commuters

Post by andy_mtl » Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:17 am

As of now there are no openings in yvr and i doubt the base will grow but this is now. I dont know what the future hold for the yvr base.
However, take the summer with 5 and 6 days pairings, it does make commuting easier. The winter with turns... its another story .
I m doing the yul yyz commute so far and dont find it too bad, yvr is a bit of a longer flight but coking down the day before will ensure you not missing a flight.

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Re: YVR Commuters

Post by sluggo » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:36 am

There are a number of guys commuting from YVR and even YYJ. I also wouldn't be surprised to see the YVR base grow a little in the coming years but it is pretty much on ice right now.
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Re: YVR Commuters

Post by RILEY » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:48 am

Anyone care to share their commuting experience from the west thius far? How viable is it?
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Re: YVR Commuters

Post by sluggo » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:40 am

The corridor between YVR and YYZ is well served so you have a lot of options. That being said our flights are the most reliable bet for commuting (I've never been bumped myself). There are a few crash pad options in YYZ, which you would probably need to use as the hotels around the airport have become kind of pricey recently.
For the winter season the scheduling program changes a little from year to year but it's common for YYZ F/Os, for example, to have a variety of multi-day pairing options to choose from which enable them to spend most of their time away from home either in the plane or at a decent hotel while on the job. These work really well for commuters. There are also many turns directly from YVR down south, which also reduce commuting.
For the summer transatlantic pairings you will want to get to YYZ the day before but when returning home after your EU pairing you just hop on the next available YYZ-YVR.
Like any other company, business comes first however they have shown us through initiatives, etc that they understand and provide some support to their commuting employees.
The flight is longer than other commutes but otherwise no different.
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Re: YVR Commuters

Post by sluggo » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:00 am

Canada340 wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:32 pm
Wondering if there's anyone who commutes from YYZ/YUL to YVR. I'd love to hear how you make it work, what the schedules are like for more junior guys, etc. Are you able to bid pairings that begin and end with deadheads to YVR? DM me if you'd like.

Thanks!
Canada340, our flying is really varied so you have some interesting options to bid on. The way the company assembles the pairings is up to them (big picture stuff we aren't smart enough for) but they have many to choose from that work really well for commuters. As of yet, you wouldn't be able to have a DH from YVR built into your pairing unless you were YVR based however they have had many which start in YUL or more often in YYZ which start with DH to YVR. This one you can cancel and have a portion credited toward another some other flight or hotel you may need in the future.

The commute is easy enough to YYZ and YUL.

FYI I just had a look at the last few months schedules for the narrow body and there is A LOT of flying from YVR for both YYZ and YUL based F/Os and throughout the entire seniority list.
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