Seniority is everything in aviation. Seniority determines pay, vacation, schedules and overall quality of life.
I've been at my airline for 7 1/2 years....all in the right seat. This may change next week as I've bid for Captain. That's for later.
Lately I've been using my seniority to fly what I want to fly. Mostly this means long flights (for a regional) and as few legs as possible. I don't like flying more than 3 legs a day.....I've become a princess.
This week I have a 2 day trip that's a 5 and 1 followed by a dead head home.
I've flown with the Captain a few times in the past. He's quirky but fine.
The first turn was 4 hours total. He took it out. I then flew back to base. The third leg was a quick 70 nautical mile flight. We taxied almost as long as the time in the air. Up and down.
The fourth and fifth legs were his. I was beat on the flight to the overnight. Descending into the airport area we were cleared for the visual. Mostly clear skies. We did have a 20 second encounter with heavy snow at 3000 feet.
Once on the ground I was worn out. Over 7 hours of flying.
Day 2 is one short hop to the hub and I get to sprint to my deadhead which starts boarding as we are scheduled to pull into the gate.
Wednesday I will be working on union NewsBlast all day before hopping a flight to Vegas.
Thursday I will be walking around the OBAP career fair talking to major airlines hoping to score a new job. My eyes are set on United and Virgin America. Wish me luck on scoring a job OR at least holding Captain next week.