My dream is to be able to eventually fly for United Airlines. I was wondering how competitive is it to get a job with one of the big three US airlines after flying for a regional. I assume that most people would prefer to fly for American, Delta, or United as they are the biggest carriers and they offer the most money. I know that if you fly for one of American Airlines subsidiary regional airlines, they provide a pathway to bring you to American Airlines. Do you guys know how difficult/competitive it is to get hired by either United or Delta? Is it easier to get hired by the slightly smaller airlines such as JetBlue, Alaska, or Spirit?
Also, I plan on completing all of my certifications and my 1500 flight hours before I turn 23. If I have been told correctly, you can’t fly with most airlines until you have the ATP certificate, which you can’t get until you are 23. Are there any exceptions to this rule? I plan to finish all of my hours about 6-9 months before I turn 23 so would I just have to wait half a year to start applying to the regionals? This may also be a dumb question but would a regional be hesitant to hire someone as young as 23?
Thanks again for all of your answers here! It is greatly appreciated!