I asked a Pilot I know how many hours of PIC (Pilot in Command) time do most U.S Major Airlines require before a Pilot for a Regional Airline can start applying for an interview.
He explained that it used to be required by the Majors for a Pilot to have been a Captain on a Regional Airline with at least 1000 hours of flight time, but that rule no longer applies. He went on explaining that you could be a First Officer the entire time on a Regional for a few years, then Jump to the right seat of a Major. I wanted to see if you agree with this…
If this is true, how many years of flight time as a ‘First Officer’ on a regional do most major Airlines require before you can apply for them?
And finally, is it fair to say that Regional Pilot applicants who have upgraded to Captains are far more likely to be put at the top of the list than First Officers (is it still a good idea to upgrade to a Regional Captain and fly for a couple years for the sake of standing out among other Pilots when applying for a Major?)