Horizon

ppragman

Direct Yeska
#1
So, what can a guy expect to make in his first year? I'm mulling over throwing my app in the ring, and am curious about what a guy could make - or, I suppose more appropriately, if I could make it. Thanks.
 
#2
I don't work there but I did stay at a holiday inn express within the past 12 months. I think it will highly depend on your domicile as that will affect how much you are utilized and how quickly you can get a line. They have first officers hired 6 years ago who are still on reserve. Good luck!
 

ppragman

Direct Yeska
#3
I don't work there but I did stay at a holiday inn express within the past 12 months. I think it will highly depend on your domicile as that will affect how much you are utilized and how quickly you can get a line. They have first officers hired 6 years ago who are still on reserve. Good luck!
Well, see that's the thing - I'd love to get the stability of an Airline, but the pay is a huge bummer... Reserve for 6 years sounds terrible.
 
#4
I've been here 2 years and 2 months.

My first year I made 33k before per diem, and 37k after. Second year was 44/49. I do occasionally pick up a premium pay trip if it's something really easy.

I'm also still on reserve most of the time. Not straight line reserve, but a coverage line. Who knows how much movement the bottom of the list will see. I'm not bold enough to make any predictions. You might get the domicile you want in under 6 months. It also might never happen.
 

ppragman

Direct Yeska
#6
Is ANC something that would be an attainable base? Also, would it be possible to have a second part-time flying gig on the side or is that Verboten at Horizon?
 

Nark

Well-Known Member
#8
@ppragman
Most airlines frown upon additional gigs because it counts against the flight/~duty times.

Give me a shout tomorrow and I'll get you in touch with a dude who just left. We know him from Juneau.
 

ppragman

Direct Yeska
#9
@ppragman
Most airlines frown upon additional gigs because it counts against the flight/~duty times.

Give me a shout tomorrow and I'll get you in touch with a dude who just left. We know him from Juneau.
Will do - I'm flying all day tomorrow, but I'll give you a shout.
 

JustinS

Well-Known Member
#10
I've been researching regional airline pay. If you're looking to go to the regionals, they seem to have some of the best pay on the regional level. $30/hr first year $40/hr second year pay. 75/70 minimum guarantee reserve/line holder respectively. From the outside looking in, it looks pretty good.
 

ndakcfi

Well-Known Member
#11
Is ANC something that would be an attainable base? Also, would it be possible to have a second part-time flying gig on the side or is that Verboten at Horizon?
You'd probably have no trouble getting ANC, since I think it'll be the most junior base when it opens.

Most of the FO's in ANC actually wanted to go there and bid it, but there are two people from a new hire class going there who didn't bid it, although they'll probably be there no longer than a single bid cycle (at which point another group of new hires can get sent to Alaska) before they'd be able to relocate. If QX does expand the ANC base, I'd guess that they'll end up sending a couple of new hire classes straight to Alaska out of IOE unless a bunch of current FO's want to pay to relocate there or try to deal with a really long commute.
 
#13
Hey everyone, first post here. I'd like to throw my hate in the ring with Horizon. I saw that they now list associates and bachelors degrees as preferred. Is it realistically possible to get hired at Horizon without that? I left school a year early. I meet all the other requirements, and I currently fly for a 121 airline. I also have a pretty good internal recommendation too. Thanks a lot -
 

Zidac

Well-Known Member
#16
What's the upgrade time looking like these days? I know it's long, but APC has the most Junior Captain DOH at Jan 2001. That seems like a bit much, even for Horizon... so I doubt that information is very current. Does anyone have any better info?
 
#18
What's the upgrade time looking like these days? I know it's long, but APC has the most Junior Captain DOH at Jan 2001. That seems like a bit much, even for Horizon... so I doubt that information is very current. Does anyone have any better info?
The most junior upgrade that just went into class was hired in November of 2003.

I'm going with "never." Actually, literally, never. If I had to place a bet on the future of this company, I'd bet on the company shutting down or being murdered by Delta before I'd bet on a new-hire upgrading.

Who knows. I hope I'm wrong.

We'd have to hire enough FO's to replace them, and no one is going to the company with an 11-year upgrade when there's so much movement everywhere else.




In any case, people who ask about Horizon's upgrade are looking at it all wrong. Horizon doesn't have a normal FO/Captain upgrading system. We have a caste system. If you're born an FO, you're an FO. Thou shalt not be envious of your more fortunate neighbor who was born into the Captain class of society.
 
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