|Most new hires start off in YYZ. Within 6-8 months, they're re assigned to the base of their choice as of late. Seems Vancouver 320 FO is a 6 month wait. Montreal about the same. Even new hires holding Winnipeg right seat Airbus. If you're assigned to the Burrito, YYZ is almost the only choice.....same for 767 FO or 767 FO Rouge. RP's on the 787 won't be waiting long at all for a YVR base if they want........ triple RP might be a bit of a wait because its significantly senior.
Bit of a crap-shoot what they'll be training for next, but the bottom positions of most equipment types are available to new hires.
Generally count on YYZ for starters, then other bases as they open up for junior positions only, and only if the type you're trained on is based elsewhere. Looking like 3-6 months for all bases going forward. Unheard of variety going to new hires right now......767 Mainline FO used to be a senior position......now it goes to new hires.
I think this is a result of the "bait and switch" program going on at AC. Rouge has, or is getting most of the productive and interesting flying, creating a "mini-exodus" from Mainline, leaving what once were relatively senior positions vacant. According to Ben Smith, pilots "love Rouge" and the lousy "B" pay-scale.......but its all part of the "big plan" that's leaving most pilots here chasing their tail, and barking madly like a really dumb dogs. The seniority concept is being flipped over on its back due to Rouge and bidding rights.....but us 84% bought it hook line and sinker due to a "take it or leave it threat" and a "cute signing bonus" from our very own group of "junior management wanna-be/enthusiasts" running ACPA. They have a proven track record of "selling us cheaply" for a pat on the back.......not even Article One is off the table for backroom deals.........so, come on over and take advantage of the ensuing chaos. Our union has allowed us to be divided into so many sub-groups, flying similar equipment for different pay scales...... its created chaos of epic proportions. It's going to get really interesting for Air Canada pilots.....kinda like watching a really good episode of "keystone cops" as we crash into one another looking to take advantage of one another........but it is what it is.