Even though the word has spread that we are taking a break from pilot recruitment, the number of applications are still quite high.
We expect a decision on when we will recommence pilot recruitment for Emirates in the next week or two.
Many of our pilots have recommended former colleagues to us. Thank you, this is highly appreciated and strongly encouraged.
I interviewed in feb and have started with EK now, to answer your question the least experienced guy in my group had 4300 hrs !.. myself, 5000 with heavy airbus time .. EK wont even entertain you with anything less than 4000and i think minimum of 2500 hrs jet ... I expect with the layoffs in europe and US, its even more competitive now ..
I was told by EK Recruitment that succesful candidate status is valid for 1 YEAR ONLY (waiting pool purposes included). The clock begins to tick the last day of the succesful interview. After a year passes, the candidate MUST interview again.
Does anybody here knows what exactly the pool candidate is supposed to do before the year passes and thus his succesful candidate "membership" expires?
Some suggest to get assigned a class date?
Others suggest that by expiration date the candidate must have started training? (case in which some of us would be in danger of loosing the succesful status if we don't get called prior to expiration date, especially those of us who interviewed in 1Q 2008)
My man on the inside at EK says he asked an HR contact about the year expiration and the current delays with course dates for the poolies. Apparently it's been discussed within HR and the general consensus at the moment is that a lot of time, effort and $$ were put into the poolies. Therefore, the 12 months will be probably be waived. However, how long you get over the 12 months is anyone's guess....1 month, 2, etc.
My clock has 8 months to run but if we end up talking about an Apr/May course date, it'll be bloody close.
No Fartmaster, recruitment will not start in 1-2 weeks, but the decision will be made within 1-2 weeks on when to re-start the recruitment.
The recruitment team feel that the recruitment should carry-on, at a reduced rate, so that when the Boeing factory strike ends and Airbus get those Fantastique Plastiques moving, we will not be caught short. The Flight-ops recruitment team are trying to motivate the HR recruitment team to understand that pilots are unlike ground-dwellers, but it is a bit of an uphill battle, it's all about perceptions.
To all in the pool, the 12 month limits will be individually assessed, so just keep you Recuitment contact updated as to your hours and types, and so long as you are working you should (not guaranteed, but should) get a few months stretch to the limit.
Good luck all, at least by the time you get here you'll be able to move directly into your villas!
also still waiting patiently, told "towards the end of the year the will contact", so hopefully that means this month sometime and not January--does anyone know how the courses will be allocated, as far your interview date, or age, or how well you did in your interview? keep kicking those feet and try to stay afloat guys
Good question brewman. Don't know the answer to that one. There is certainly enough speculation. Obviously it will be need-based. It would appear however, that people will mostly stay with the manufacturer. That is prior Boeing pilots seem to have been placed on Boeing and Airbus personnel on Airbus. Other, whatever is needed. Like everybody else I had heard the rumors about a point system. I am not sure if it is true or not, but in either event it is a moot point now. Fairly certain seems however, that the January class is full. I just hope there won't be any major fall-out from the impact of the financial crisis on Dubai for Emirates. Their succuss appears interdependent. Talk to you later. Bavarian.
I posted on another thread a while back, that apparently of those in the holding pool, there are 3 groups:
Those that are typed (I took this to refer to guys that have Airbus/Boeing time).
Those that are not typed but have a wealth of experience and scored highly throughout the selection process. Not sure what amount of time would be needed to be included in this group.
And the rest.
All the information came from a good mate of mine who's next door neighbour is in HR. Whether EK still intends to assign course dates based on this criteria is anyone's guess but at this stage, I think all any of us can do is just wait and see.
Personally, I think the first of the poolies to be called for course dates will either hear this month or at the beginning of Jan. They've got the A310 guys going through 777 courses in Jan, so the first available dates would be in Feb.