Sorry, I’ll try and clarify.
No guarantees with ANYTHING. I’m really not trying to be negative or portray that what we do as airline pilots is only available to a few BUT the reality is it does take a certain amount of skill and intelligence to fly an airplane and more importantly do it well. There seems to be these perception (not saying it’s yours) that if someone decides to be a pilot they need only pay the admission fee and the rest is simply the natural course that follows. It is not. First flight training requires a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication and while most are successful some are not. Provided training goes well you’ll be offered a job as a flight instructor. When I say “training goes well” I mean no more than 1 or 2 checkride failures, if there are more, you might not get a position. Provided you do, ATP will get you an interview at a Regional airline. They will not (nor can they) guarantee you’ll get hired. As I said, now is an exceptional time in the industry. The Regionals need pilots bad but they still have to “like” you. Again I have no reason to believe you’re not a great guy who’d have no problem BUT again I don’t know you or how you interview? Finally if you make it to a Regional and build time you will apply to a Major but again there are no guarantees you’ll get hired by one. I know great pilots who have been trying for years and for whatever reason have yet to get the nod. Right now in anticipation of large numbers of retirements some Majors are offering flow-thru’s from their Regional partners. But again there are caveats. They need to be hiring, you need to keep a clean record and the flow-thru’s can be cancelled at any time. Not trying to paint a dark or bleak picture but as I said there are no guarantees and I believe it’s important that every potential pilot be well aware of that fact.
In the past there were hiring minimums and also “competitive” minimums, and to get hired you usually needed to exceed the bare mins. In today’s environment that’s not the case because they need pilots so when you’re ready you will get an interview. That said yes there is more to it than just having 1500hrs. That will get you an interview but you still need a clean record, and conduct yourself properly during an interview to get offered a job. It’s not “ok you’ve got 1500hrs you’re in”.