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Junior vs Senior Bases

Can y’all help me understand how to think about captain upgrade times?

Say, for example, the most junior captain at Base X was hired in 2010. The most junior captain at Base Y was hired in 2016.

At which base would I expect to upgrade sooner?

David,

In your example it means that it takes seven years of seniority to upgrade at base X, but only one year at base Y. This means that if you want to upgrade early, base Y is your place.

Chris

So I’m incorrect in thinking that if a base has recent upgrades, they might not need more captains soon? Whereas a base without a recent upgrade might be due for one, so to speak?

David,

That is a bit too simple of way to look at it. Keep in mind that base X is probably a desirable whereas base Y isn’t. So pilots will take an upgrade at base Y and as soon as a position opens up at base X, they will bid to move there. So even though the opening may be in base X, a current captain slides over to there and the actual new captain position manifests in base Y.

Chris

Yea that makes more sense, thanks Chris.