In all honesty, I’m not sure. All I know is that the program that creates
our schedules uses an algorithm. We can set preferences to tell the program
what we want, like, “avoid check in times between 6am-9am,” “prefer off
weekends,” “award trips with employee number ######…etc.”
However, you need to have enough seniority in order for the system to give
you what you asked for. So, as a new first officer at a Regional, you have
to go with the flow for a while until you’ve moved up the seniority ladder.
My situation is unique because I am still in my first year at Horizon, but
my schedule does not reflect a typical new hire schedule. I was hired
around the same time as Horizon started training pilots to fly the ERJ.
That put me at the top of the seniority list among the other ERJ First
Officers. I’m not special. I just got lucky.
So for you, you will most likely not be able to have set days off. I would
certainly try, though. You might get lucky like me. Just don’t count on it
is all I’m saying.