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Old 04-11-2016, 09:07 AM   #1  
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Default Expats/Locals Blackisted or not?

Hello to all, I was looking through the forums for an answer but could not find it so decided to toss the question out there.

I was recently talking to a colleague and he mentioned that a friend of his who is working for Emirates as a 777 Captain has been trying to get back to the USA for a while now. Despite his heavy experience, my friend tells me that "not even Spirit has taken an interest in interviewing him" and that (this is his opinion now) "expats who work for UAE airlines are blacklisted".
I have heard similar stuff about GoJet and Mesa pilots as well.

With the so called "Pilot Shortage" I find it hard to believe that carriers are discualifying people based on their past employers.

Has anyone here heard anything remotely similar? I would love to hear your opinion on the subject.

Once again my appologies if this has already been discussed already on some other thread.

Thanks to all for your feedback.
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I've run into a couple guys that have come back from over there.

The guys I remember had come back to United, Spirit, Allegiant, and sigh Mesa. I didn't get the chance to pick all their brains (the most recent was over a year ago). But I call BS. One legit problem I could see though would be getting the time off to come back to do a job fair or interview. I hear it's pretty tough to take more than a couple days off in a row. Maybe the guy you are talking about has some other issue he didn't want to share? Like a DUI or a couple of checkride busts. Or maybe he just doesn't have any internal recs and hasn't been able to get to a job fair?

GoJet and Mesa are a whole 'nother topic for the regional thread.
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:33 AM   #3  
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I work for Emirates and I know plenty of guys that have gone to work for a U.S. Major from EK in the last couple of years.
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:08 PM   #4  
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Hello to all, I was looking through the forums for an answer but could not find it so decided to toss the question out there.

I was recently talking to a colleague and he mentioned that a friend of his who is working for Emirates as a 777 Captain has been trying to get back to the USA for a while now. Despite his heavy experience, my friend tells me that "not even Spirit has taken an interest in interviewing him" and that (this is his opinion now) "expats who work for UAE airlines are blacklisted".
I have heard similar stuff about GoJet and Mesa pilots as well.

With the so called "Pilot Shortage" I find it hard to believe that carriers are discualifying people based on their past employers.

Has anyone here heard anything remotely similar? I would love to hear your opinion on the subject.

Once again my appologies if this has already been discussed already on some other thread.

Thanks to all for your feedback.

Totally false...I have 8 friends who fly for United..All got hired from Emirates, Etihad and Qatar..All were FO's from the Middle East carriers
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Yup, not true at all.
I worked for a foreign carrier and now work for a legacy-major.
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got a year on the e175 sic for a regional in the usa. want to go the other way across the pond ...what would be competitive ?
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:42 PM   #7  
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As others have stated, this is simply false...! But remember that pretty much everyone working abroad and under the age of 45 has applications with the majors back home...., competition is fierce! The pilot shortage is not at the majors level, there the pool of applicants is plentiful.
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Yup, not true at all.
I worked for a foreign carrier and now work for a legacy-major.

Southern doesn't count


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Southern doesn't count


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Now TP, you know someone is going to get the wrong idea about that. So, I worked for a US based carrier after working for a foreign carrier then got on at a legacy.
And....I think you still owe me a beer.
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100% false. The exodus of American's from overseas has only increased recently. No problem to go directly to a major.
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