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Old 06-06-2008, 09:19 AM   #1  
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Anyone have any information regarding the Korean Air Interview (KAL)? Going in for the B777 Captain position and it's been a long while since interviews. Any info would be very helpful! Thanks! Scott
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:27 AM   #2  
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PPRUNE.ORG generally has more info about non-US airlines than shows up in this forum.

The South Asia and Far East Forum is here:

And under that forum there is a long thread about the experience of some expats in KAL's 777 DEC program. Which you can find here:

I'm thinking really hard about going for a A330 FO slot, so if anyone has anything else to add please chime in!
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Old 06-06-2008, 03:56 PM   #3  
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As I understand it from those who have gone before, the interview is pretty much the same as NCA/AJX; you sit in front of a board and they tell you how it is . . . basically. The main thing with the Asian carriers (apart from CX) appears to be how well you will fit in with their system. I recently had an interview with a different operation and it was about that kind of speed. They didn't ask any difficult flying questions for which I would have had to study books which I have not read for years, they just wanted to get to know me.

The main thing was that my simulator work matched what my application said. My sim partners did not, and he was not picked up.
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Old 06-07-2008, 01:45 PM   #4  
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This was authored by a former Delta pilot. I tried to post the whole paper but it was too long. TScott if you post your email address I will send the whole thing to you.



This report is 8 pages long. It is submitted to inform you of the
corruption involving B-777 `training' by Korean Air and/or a CASA
government official. Please advise all B-777 pilot applicants to
Korean Air that they have a very poor chance of passing a Korean Air
check ride causing a blemish on their professional record.

Korean Air B-777 Dec 3, 2007 training class.

As of April, 2008 the final pass/fail results for our class is:

There is only one pilot that passed his CASA check ride. Only one
pilot remains employed out of six (6) that started in the Dec 3, 2007
B-777 class at Korean Air! Two members of our class had thousands of
previous hours flying the B-777 (they were NOT newly rated) and the
rest of us were highly qualified, but newly rated B-777 Captains.
Every one of us passed ALL of our other Korean Air check rides and
oral examinations and recommendation ride. We passed everything
except for the final CASA check ride. Neither of the previously rated
B-777 pilots passed their check ride. The only one that passed was
newly rated and had been a B-737 Captain. (More background
information regarding my qualifications and flying experience is
outlined below.) The statistics presented in this report should be
very revealing, especially if you consider the fact that most of the
class previous to ours didn't succeed in making it through their check
rides either. I understand that the same CASA inspector conducted
their check rides as well. And the class before that - most of their
pilots failed. For the last three classes in a row, CASA and/or
Korean Air failed all of the pilots except for one or two. Korean Air
refused to give me any details on the exact failure rate and told my
class that those pilots had failed because they lied on their resumes.
That is not consistent with the story that I heard from a very
reliable source or the way myself and others in my class have been
treated. Statistically, anyone should be able to see that something
is very wrong with this process! It is devastating to the pilots that
have invested so much of their time, money and professional reputation
to pursue a job at Korean Air. My intent in this report is to inform
new applicants of the situation at Korean Air before you throw away
your time and money. I also must set the record straight to protect
my professional reputation. I am telling you this so you can hear it
from me personally instead of the "spin" that will surely be put on
the real truth by CASA and Korean Air management. I have no doubt
that they will simply say `[we] were not qualified' and/or did not
live up to Korean Air Standards or didn't follow the POM/FOM. It is
not true! Do not believe it. Here is why:
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Old 06-07-2008, 02:36 PM   #5  
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Take a good read over at pprune and maybe even talk to some of the people who have gone through that horrendous process. My advice stay far, far away - but only you can make an informed decision.
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:46 AM   #6  
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Thanks to all of you who have replied thus far. Mygoodness what bad news from some of you! This is very sad to hear. I will have to take much care in how I proceed.

Flexman, thanks for the post. Yes send the data to me at [email protected]. I would very much appreciate that.

Anyone with details on the gauge I would be most thankful!

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