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How many years is Westjet scale?
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moe wrote: Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:53 am I’m still anxious that the corp will find a loophole to wriggle out of YOS.
If you just bought a company why would you shoot yourself in the foot?
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moe wrote: Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:53 am I’m still anxious that the corp will find a loophole to wriggle out of YOS.
How would they find a loophole? Wasn’t it part of the contract?
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ZoomZoom147 wrote: Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:44 am Good morning folks,

I’ve recently been pooled and am super excited about it. I have a couple questions for those of you that commute:

-Currently, how long of a wait is it to hold a YYC base? I’ve read the threads and consensus is about 2-3 years. If approved, would a shared seniority list with WJE affect this?
-How feasible is it to commute from YYC-YYZ? Do you bid on longer pairings and/or to start/end your pairings with a deadhead? What are your schedules like?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I like the question about the one list that went unanswered. As of today the one list only exists between Swoop and WestJet. Given what happened with arbitration and the lack of voting interest, I would expect it stays this way. Encore will have to work out something with their pilots. Flow will continue but an Encore pilot coming in will be bottom of the list and shouldn’t affect you.
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Okay, so for now, let's say an FO joins Encore, upgrades to CA within 2 years and move to Calgary.
Then he waits to flow to Mainline for about 2 years and becomes 737 FO.
He has 4 years of "Seniority" so he could technically hold a YYC FO 737 position or least won't have to build seniority from scratch. However, since the One List is gone for now he won't be able to do it and will commute from Toronto for years thus unable to make viable OT or reserve unless he stays away from his family in a crashpad?
I'm not discussing the choice made by one but only if the scenario is likely or not.

Am I right?
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Your scenario is unquantifiable. It is impossible to predict crew planning, fleet plans, expansion, or reductions more than 24 months in the future if Westjet Mgmt/BOD didnt sell the company, and now the fact that we have new owners, who have priorities that are completely ambiguous, makes it completely illogical to assume anything at the moment.

If the one list is dead, and now Encore FOs have senirorty only withing encore, then flow to westjet, they would start at the BOTL of the westjet pilot list. The answer to your question: if YYZ spots are the only spots Open at mainline at the time you are eligible from encore based on your encore seniority, then yes, you would go to YYZ, until a bid is released showing vacancy in another base, in which you could hold as per your senirorty number at westjet mainline, you would be awarded. However we have no idea what the timelines or vacancies would be in the next 12 months let alone in 48 months.
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I'll add, just to be clear in your scenario, if you were to start today as encore FO, work four years, with the ONE lolist intact, you most likely would not be able to hold YYC FO when you flowed. There are hundreds of pilots in front of you trying to do the same thing. For example, I've been at Encore 3 1/2 years, flowed to westjet, YYZ FO, I'm number 50 or so, to bid back to YYC. So even with 4 years senirorit on the list, I still will not hold YYC FO.
Unless ONEX changes everything, this is what the story is now.
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seriousflyer wrote: Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:30 pm I'll add, just to be clear in your scenario, if you were to start today as encore FO, work four years, with the ONE lolist intact, you most likely would not be able to hold YYC FO when you flowed. There are hundreds of pilots in front of you trying to do the same thing. For example, I've been at Encore 3 1/2 years, flowed to westjet, YYZ FO, I'm number 50 or so, to bid back to YYC. So even with 4 years senirorit on the list, I still will not hold YYC FO.
Unless ONEX changes everything, this is what the story is now.
Thank you for the explanation, much appreciated.
What I understand is to hold YYC FO, we should be expecting at least 4-5 years in YYZ if nothing changes without the One List?
With the One list, could an Encore Captain in YYC wait for his number to be based in YYC when flowing?

And oh, I guess that's the same story when you upgrade? Unless you wait in the right seat until you can hold YYC CA?
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If you are hired at mainline as YYZ FO, it would be 4 or 5 years before being able to hold YYC with one list intact.

Depending on what our group decides regarding the direction of the one list, that could change.

If the one list dies - and all pilots retain their senirority and all future hired pilots go on the bottom of the list of their respective company. A YYZ new hire FO Mainline would have to see how it all shakes out, I would guess that it still would be 5 years. But that would start to shrink as the lists start to seperate.
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Calls going out for Nov GS
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Does anyone know more about this November GS? Did they call OTS applicants from the hiring pool already or just internal ones (Encore and Swoop)?

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At least one OTS that I know of
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Interesting, thanks for the answer.
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Most are encore and swoop. I think GS is late October not Nov.
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Company hasn’t announced anything to us at Encore about an upcoming WJ GS...
I think it’s just rumours at this point.
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Hi guys,

Thanks for answering my question and providing some insight. Obviously, no one can predict what the future holds. This rings especially true in aviation. That being said, WJ has some exciting growth opportunities with the addition of 787s, ONEX plans, and the joint venture with Delta. New flight duty rules will require additional pilots, as well. They will be selling the 767s and the One list complicates things but I think the upgrade time for an OTS pilot at WJ will be the quickest since the inception of WJ in the years to come.

Sure, AC is better for pay and upgrade time but there has been a mad rush for the two years NB upgrades and that is not going to last. They are supposed to hire several hundred pilots next year, I doubt there are several hundred captain positions opening up in two years for them as well.


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IwasInverted wrote: Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:03 pm Hi guys,

Thanks for answering my question and providing some insight. Obviously, no one can predict what the future holds. This rings especially true in aviation. That being said, WJ has some exciting growth opportunities with the addition of 787s, ONEX plans, and the joint venture with Delta. New flight duty rules will require additional pilots, as well. They will be selling the 767s and the One list complicates things but I think the upgrade time for an OTS pilot at WJ will be the quickest since the inception of WJ in the years to come.

Sure, AC is better for pay and upgrade time but there has been a mad rush for the two years NB upgrades and that is not going to last. They are supposed to hire several hundred pilots next year, I doubt there are several hundred captain positions opening up in two years for them as well.


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I wish I could be as optimistic as you.

The junior-most B737 CA here is a September 2010 hire, YYZ-based. And I'd guess 50-75 folks senior to that CA have bypassed for lifestyle, as they live in YYC or YVR and don't want to commute to Toronto.

The combined WestJet-Encore-Swoop seniority list has roughly 2100 pilots on it. For anyone hired today, there are approximately 1200 people ahead of you to upgrade. Even if WestJet upgraded 50 people per year, a virtually unprecedented pace in the company's history, you are still looking at a 20+ year upgrade here.

The wildcard is the B787. But for all the talk about how it is really going to open things up, I haven't seen it. The junior-most B767 FO is a 2008 DOH. The junior-most B787 FO is a 2006 DOH. My exposure to the 787 is limited to two deadheads. I won't see that airplane, even as an FO, for years.

Oh - the quickest upgrades in the history of WestJet occured in the early years, when it was just a matter of months, and then a year or two. It gradually bulged to a 3-4-5-6 year process, and as I noted above, is now sitting at about 9 years.

The people here are great, and you'll make decent money as a mainline FO, but please base your decisions on facts and data.

By contrast, Air Canada has two year A320 or B737MAx Captains.

Good luck, and Welcome Aboard.
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