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Old 08-31-2017, 04:07 PM   #211
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Hi

I have some other questions about the daily operation.

How is the bidding system?

Lido or Jeppesen?

Is the B787 and B777 same fleet?

If you apply as B777 TR FO, is there any chance to be assigned 787 FO?

Education allowance: How does it really work? Do they pay 100%? Can you register your kids in a Dubai school?

How long is the training for a type rated pilot?

Thank you so much in advance!
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Old 09-01-2017, 12:35 AM   #212
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Well, good luck on getting answers. Apparently they are downsizing a lot, they try to send back all the secondments they got from their former partner airlines and cutting the fleet to (nearly) half size. There are talks of dismantling it alltogether or merging it with Emirates as Etihad on its own clearly doesn't work.
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Old 09-04-2017, 05:33 AM   #213
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Hi

I have some other questions about the daily operation.

How is the bidding system?

Lido or Jeppesen?

Is the B787 and B777 same fleet?

If you apply as B777 TR FO, is there any chance to be assigned 787 FO?

Education allowance: How does it really work? Do they pay 100%? Can you register your kids in a Dubai school?

How long is the training for a type rated pilot?

Thank you so much in advance!

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Old 09-16-2017, 05:21 AM   #214
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Hi

I have some other questions about the daily operation.

How is the bidding system?

Lido or Jeppesen?

Is the B787 and B777 same fleet?

If you apply as B777 TR FO, is there any chance to be assigned 787 FO?

Education allowance: How does it really work? Do they pay 100%? Can you register your kids in a Dubai school?

How long is the training for a type rated pilot?

Thank you so much in advance!
Current bidding system is very ineffective, mainly due to very few hard lifestyle company rules for it to "push back" against. Seniority plays no part.

Also company is free to change their minds at any time on what aircraft will service which route, even post publication. The result are constant roster changes that disrupt schedules and cause pilots to lose awarded flying. Also you are not compensated for lost flying hour pay, so if an 18 hour trip becomes a 3 hour turn, or a sector becomes a deadhead, you are not pay protected.

777 and 787 pilots are in the process of being mixed fleet, so no matter which fleet you are hired, eventually you will be cross trained to the other, currently being done by volunteer or reverse-seniority.

Education allowance is a fixed amount, you have to top up anything above that.

There is no Furlough, a few pilots from partner airlines that were on 2-3 year contracts were not renewed, mainly for discipline/performance reasons, but the majority were offered full time contracts.

Word is that hiring has stopped for the year, and fleet reductions are possible. However a lot of 787s and 321s are still to come, so it likely would not result in an immediate need to reduce pilots, rather a gradual reduction that natural attrition would take care of.

There is a quite a bit of belt tightening going on at the moment, and the final "plan" of action has yet to be decided by the board. However it seems that the days of big bonuses and fast upgrades through rapid expansion are on hold for the time being.

If you're in the door, it's not a bad place to be. It can be a big step up career wise depending where you are coming from, but like any airline things are at a different cycle than say 5 years ago or 10 years ago.
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:43 AM   #215
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Thank you so mucho for all the info, in the next couple of months I will be able to met the requirements to apply!
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