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Southwest Airlines

Dallas, TX

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QUICKTAKE
  • AirTran's last flight was 28 Dec 14. All pilots are now on the SWA pilot list.
  • SWAPA has withdrawn its membership from the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA)
  • Southwest's $1.4 B purchase of AirTran completed in 2011
  • Combined airline will fly more than 100m passengers out of more than 100 airports, and international routes
  • 1000 PIC in turbine is now only Preferred.
  • Final flight of 737-300 was 29 Sept 2017 
  • First Flight of 737-800 Max 1 Oct 2017
  • Southwest routemap
  • IATA code: WN; ICAO code: SWA
  • ATC callsign: "Southwest"
  • Southwest has 34 MAX 8 aircraft on property
  • ETOPS flights to Hawaii will originate from California
  • This page was last updated: November 14, 2019 (Pay Scale)
PILOTS
Total: 9820
Active: 9820
Furloughed: 0
UNION
Southwest Airlines Pilots Association
FLEET
737-700: 513
737-8: 34
737-800: 207
DOMICILES
DAL
BWI
DEN
HOU
LAS
MCO
MDW
OAK
PHX
LAX
ATL
HIRING
Is Hiring?: Yes

Tto apply for pilot positions at Southwest Airlines visit here

Update your pilot credentials at https://swa.pilotcredentials.com/

(NOTE: Hiring window currently open 20-31 Aug--more to follow)


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EXPERIENCE: 2500 hours total flight time or 1,500 hours total flight time in a turbine aircraft. Additionally, a minimum of 1,000 hours in a Turbine aircraft as the Pilot in Command is preferred. Only time in a fixed wing aircraft is counted, this specifically excludes simulator, helicopter, WSO, RIO, FE, NAV,EWO and UAV. Actively flying for 2 of the last 5 years is preferred.

LICENSING/CERTIFICATION: USA DOT/FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. The certificate must display the following: "Airplane Multiengine Land" Category "English Proficient" limitation. Plastic certificate (plastic not required if the certificate is a valid temporary certificate.) USA DOT/FAA First Class Medical Certificate and, if applicable, any necessary Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate (Authorization) or Statement of Demonstrated Ability (SODA) issued by the Federal Air Surgeon. Must possess a valid United States Drivers License. A valid passport allowing travel across US borders or a Refugee Travel Document. FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit. Must possess a valid unexpired passport.

ATP; 2,500 TT or 1,500 turbine total; 1,000 PIC turbine; Class 1 medical.

Southwest >interview gouge.

JUMPSEATS

For all flights on or after May 9, 2017 OAL jumpseat listing will be on myIDTravel. SWA will be available on myIDTravel on April 9, 2017. Customer Serivce Agents will not be able to process jumpseat requests at the gate without a listing code from myIDTravel. 

Southwest Airlines PAYSCALES

CAPTAIN PAY SCALE (Hourly)
Year
737     
12 274     
11 271     
10 268     
9 265     
8 262     
7 259     
6 256     
5 253     
4 250     
3 247     
2 244     
1 241     
FIRST OFFICER PAY SCALE (Hourly)
Year
737     
12 191     
11 189     
10 187     
9 182     
8 180     
7 176     
6 171     
5 164     
4 150     
3 136     
2 122     
1 84     

PAY CALCULATOR
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PAY NOTES

Future contractual pay raises:
Sept 1, 2017 3.0%
Sept 1, 2018 3.0%
Sept 1, 2019 3.0%
Sept 1, 2020 3.0%

The 2016 profit sharing amount was 13.2%

[above figures were converted from $/trip to $/hour]

Monthly guarantee: 78 hours (averaged)
Reserve guarantee: 79 hours

Most Junior Captain hired: Jul 2008 (OAK) 

PER DIEM

$2.30/hr (Dom.)
$2.80/hr (Intl.)

RETIREMENT

401K Matching: No

A/B Fund:

B Fund
1/1/2017: 13.4%
1/1/2018: 14.2%
1/1/2019: 15.0% 

Other:

11.3% profit sharing

Mandatory Retirements:

2017 - 146
2018 - 110
2019 - 135
2020 - 164
2021 - 206
2022 - 195
2023 - 239
2024 - 289
2025 - 313
2026 - 378
2027 - 399
2028 - 395
2029 - 393
2030 - 391
2031 - 380
2032 - 381
2033 - 381
2034 - 436
2035 - 444
2036 - 374
2037 - 363
2038 - 340
2039 - 322
2040 - 280
2041 - 235
2042 - 193
2043 - 155
2044 - 113
2045 - 115
2046 - 91
2047 - 68
2048 - 34
2049 - 14
2050 - 6
2051 - 5
2052 - 1