For anyone interested in JetBlue, I hear our app window will open October 1st, with a free Vets in Blue job fair in December. To be eligible you typically have to have an app on file in the most recent window and indicate veteran status. Fwiw the year I went (3 years ago) they had like 46 interview slots to give out to the 200 attendees. Last year I believe they limited attendance to 100 and I don’t know how many interviews came from it. No details on this year’s event other than it may be in December now and may be in MCO this time
We have a ton of helicopter guys and count (and truly value) helicopter time. Our first year pay goes to $88/hr May 1st, 2nd year $119. Not legacy/FDX pay, but better than most regional CA jobs. I’m on year 3 pay and will clear $150k my 3rd year, probably more, and I don’t work very hard. I know some 3rd year guys I started with who will clear $200k, but they work hard and pick up a lot of premium flying bc they live in base and don’t enjoy time off as much as I do. That’s not counting the 15% direct contribution to our 401k. If you want to end up at a legacy, which admittedly has a higher likelihood of a better career with more retirements, bases, equipment choices, and a better network, I’d recommend getting some 121 PIC at a regional over coming here where the upgrade is 4-5 years. If you come here looking for a bus type rating and leave within the first year to a legacy, it will potentially hurt future RTAGers. They’ve reduced the number of VIB attendees because so many AF/Navy guys come here then bail when a legacy calls, so they’ve been pretty sensitive to that. Always do what’s best for you and your family, you don’t owe your employer any loyalty outside of the contract, but keep that in mind. If you come here and don’t like it, don’t stay because you feel obligated. You aren’t. I just wouldn’t recommend coming here with the intention of leaving. Getting more 121 pic is probably better for a legacy/FDX than E190 FO time, which is what most newhires will likely be on for their first year going forward (just a guess based on the pay difference now).
If you want to come here, it’s a decent place to hang your hat and we take relatively low time mil helo guys with a year or so at a regional. I’ve been here 2.5 years and am 83.5% overall on the seniority list. With our current order book I’ll be 58% overall in 5 more years. Anyone hired today will be roughly 70-75% in 5 years based on current acft orders and assuming we park no planes. We don’t have legacy retirements as we are a younger pilot group, but we still have growth. Europe will allegedly be announced soon and I hear we will expand our South America flying once we get 321NEOs and LRs. Who knows what the future holds...could suck, or could be good. I’ll know in 30 years. For anyone who lives on the east coast (especially NY/BOS area) or Florida, JB is pretty good.
For guys interested in JetBlue...Vet’s in Blue is now set for December 6th in New York. There’s an app window open now, and so long as you applied and indicated veteran status, you should get an invite. Not sure when they will go out...they may wait until the window closes on the 31st, I’m not sure.
Hey there. I did just put the app in on the last window in Jan 2019. The VIB fair that you speak of is that for this year 2019, or last 2018. My number one choice is JetBlue. I live just outside The Orlando area. I Wanna stay there and make it a home for the career. I am currently an FO with Trans States Airlines at the age of 41. Did the RTW program there. I have over 1980 total now and almost 500 in the EMB-145. I have 1153 UH-60 with the rest fixed wing of 827. Like I said I can not express my interest as a future FO within the JetBlue community. Is there any way we could make contact with one another and as well, do you believe I could arrange a visit to the JetBlue university?