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Old 02-20-2011, 10:44 AM
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Ask and ye shall receive, nattyboh...

Hey, all. I was in the Tuesday group this week, and I've gotta say WOW. Great company, great people, great airplanes, great destinations, great future. Not that I needed any more convincing, but they left zero room for doubt: Atlas is where I want to be!

As you've heard here before, the interviewers are FRIENDLY and non-threatening, so you can relax, be yourself, and tell your story. Know what Atlas does, know what's in your records, know your strengths and weaknesses (including on the tech test), and be ready to talk about those things. Above all, be ready to explain why you want to work for Atlas and how what you can do fits in with what they do--that's just Interview 101, really.

Also, know how to write a one-page essay (intro, body, conclusion, three main points, five paragraphs, yada, yada), since you'll get to do that. If you're not an expert on the topic they pick, just try to make it plausible and coherent--I think (hope!) that's the point of the exercise.

And, as others have said, if there are any potential "red flags" in your records, it's probably best to address those yourself, if only for your own peace of mind. Of course Atlas wants to know if you're REALLY committed to the company and lifestyle, so if your 737 type doesn't mean you secretly want to work for SWA, SAY SO, and say why. If you recently took the FEX exam (because a certain high-vis cargo outfit has a window open), either leave that off your resume or, better yet, explain why you'd RATHER fly for Atlas.

[NOTE: Didn't think of that last one, myself, until afterward. So if any HR folks read this, for the record: I don't CARE if "Brand F" pays a little more. They don't fly 747s and just aren't as cool, in my book--I still vote for Atlas! ]

As for getting there, I went through FLL and rented a compact car ridiculously cheap from Enterprise, something like $11/day ($20 with taxes, etc). Bring your own GPS, skip the extra coverage and the "style-points" SUV upgrade (for "only" $20/day more!), and you can't beat the deal. The drive to MIA is easy and only 30-45 mins, depending on traffic.

For a hotel I went with the Comfort Inn across the street (one of the alternatives listed in the email invite), rather than something in the standard Marriott complex. This wasn't because I was feeling anti-social or rebellious, but because my ever-practical personal assistant (i.e. wife) found that (a) the Courtyard crew rates were used up, and (b) the CI has free breakfast. I wouldn't call the CI 4-star by any stretch, but it was comfortable enough, very convenient to Atlas, and offered an inspirational bonus: From my room (#513) I had a great view of the MIA flightline AND the Atlas gold-tail pax jet all lit up on the ramp across the street. Glorious.

There were 12 in our group with the usual mix of 121/135 & MIL background, including heavy, RJ, biz and fast jets. We yukked it up all day and had a fine time--exceptional bunch, and all very deserving, so I hope to see more of you guys!

Now, as we all know, comes the hard part... waiting.... But regardless of the result, it was a great experience and a glimpse of the holy grail, my new mission in life. If not this time, someday!

Best of luck to all who made or will make the trip. It is WAY worth it...
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:31 PM
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Plus 1 on what VeeRay said about the interview and the process. Great experience and the people there were as friendly as you could ask for. Made us all feel right at home. One of the funniest things I think heard was by the lady who showed us around the center "You guys are the happiest bunch we've had in here in a long time" ha ha ummmm gee I wonder why ha ha...... Now for the wait......

VeeRay thanks again for the ride to the airport after the interview.
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:25 PM
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Scope is everything. Without it, all the promises in the world will be worthless.

Atlas has a proven track record of this with ABBO......
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:08 PM
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Nice summary, VeeRay. Pilots helping pilots.

Only you guys can give information about the interview and the hiring process...we (line guys) can't do that...we can only give information about the company, lifestyle, etc.

Good luck to all...and also to the ones waiting for an interview.
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Old 02-20-2011, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by 744driver View Post
Nice summary, VeeRay. Pilots helping pilots.

Only you guys can give information about the interview and the hiring process...we (line guys) can't do that...we can only give information about the company, lifestyle, etc.

Good luck to all...and also to the ones waiting for an interview.
You guys may not be able to give us much info about the interview but you are/were a great help for those of us trying to get on with Atlas.

I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say thank you for all of your help.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by ashcroft View Post
You guys may not be able to give us much info about the interview but you are/were a great help for those of us trying to get on with Atlas.

I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say thank you for all of your help.
Indeed you do, ashcroft, indeed you do. For that matter, thanks to ALL who've posted gouge, advice, and encouragement. As 744driver said, "pilots helping pilots." Pay it forward, brothers and sisters...

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VeeRay, thanks again for the ride to the airport.
You're welcome, no problemo. You didn't need to try to tip me with your luggage, though...

JK, first mojito's on me!
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:08 AM
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Originally Posted by VeeRay View Post


You're welcome, no problemo. You didn't need to try to tip me with your luggage, though...

JK, first mojito's on me!
I was just trying to figure out how to get my luggage back. I mean why would you want to try and still a mans luggage full of dirty undies?
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:28 AM
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Sorry to say that scope means everthing is wtong. Scope means nothing. Just ask the Polar pukes
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:09 AM
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Atlas Air Worldwide CEO: Record profit shows cargo operator is in 'transformative phase' | ATW Online

Atlas Air Worldwide CEO: Record profit shows cargo operator is in 'transformative phase'

By Aaron Karp | February 21, 2011
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Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is "in a transformative phase" in which it is solidifying profitability and is poised to escalate earnings further when new Boeing 747-8Fs begin delivering, President and CEO William Flynn told investors last week. Speaking to the Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. Transportation and Logistics Conference, available via webcast, he noted the company's record annual net profit of $143 million for 2010 reported last week, representing an 86% improvement over 2009 net income of $76.2 million.

Flynn pointed out that AAWH, parent of ACMI cargo carriers Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo, is achieving the strong results even though "Boeing has yet to deliver the 747-8. We were already supposed to have three in service. We expect three [to be delivered] by year end and as those aircraft deliver, we see a substantial step-change leap to another level of earnings performance." The carrier has 12 747-8Fs on order.

ATW's 2011 Phoenix Award winner (ATW, Feb. 1) saw full-year 2010 revenue surge 26.4% compared to 2009 to $1.34 billion while expenses heightened 21.8% to $1.1 billion, including a 49.2% jump in fuel costs to $300.2 million. Operating income was $227.9 million, up 51.9% over an operating profit of $150 million in 2009. Total block hr. flown in 2010 lifted 17.8% year-over-year to 128,358 including an 18.9% rise in ACMI block hr. to 91,357.

"We anticipate steadily improving results throughout" 2011, Flynn said. "Airfreight demand going forward is very strong … New supply introduction [throughout the air cargo industry] has lagged demand [leading to] substantially higher yields."
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:27 AM
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Did anyone in last weeks interview groups have reccomendations??? I don't have any; not to say that I don't know anyone at Atlas, I probably do but just lost touch with them.
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