Hello, I am interested in this profession because my son is in flight school. I have some questions about what he can expect once he starts working (after he has his ATP certificate). From what I have read so far, I expect he will be hired by a regional airline and be placed on short call reserve to start.
What about his home base? Will he be allowed to choose this (or state a preference) or will he most likely have to go wherever they send him, meaning commute by plane to another city? Is the choice of a home base available only to pilots with seniority? If he wants to live near NY, for example, should he apply for jobs only at regionals that have a domicile in NY, hoping to eventually hold a line from NY?
Also, what happens to his seniority if he flies for one airline, then they go out of business, and then he gets a job at a different airline? Does he start at the bottom of the seniority ladder again? I imagine so. Do the airlines every grant at least partial seniority (or at least adjust their pay) to someone based on their experience?