United Airlines speeding up shift from small, regional flights to larger planes
Let me start by saying I’m not posting this to play Chicken Little and cry “The sky is falling” or put fear into the hearts of would be pilots, au contraire. I AM posting this to impress upon you all that a) this industry is always changing and b) sooner is ALWAYS better than later. I don’t believe the Regionals are in trouble or are going away any time soon. I do however believe that this is one example of how the Majors are dealing with the Regional pilot shortage AND the fact the Majors (and the industry) are doing very well and actually expanding back into markets they formerly discarded. What this says to me is (again) sooner is better than later because if the Majors continue to expand their flying and reducing Regional flying, the first place they’ll be looking is to the current Regional pilot pool of Capts thus reducing time at the Majors for those that are there (or will be soon). Now you might then conclude that the Regionals will have to ramp up hiring even more because the Majors are sucking them dry, BUT if their flying is reduced they may not have to. What it also says (to me) is that those of you who are very cavalier about your educations and are thinking “I’ll get my degree whenever” might find themselves with less time to do so. Even worse those without could potentially get bypassed by those with and find themselves “stuck” for a while.
Truth is I could be completely wrong and this could be United just hedging a little BUT I also could be right? Best solution? A) Get cracking kiddies cause either way sooner is better and B) having an education will never be a bad thing. Just some food for thought.