The rostering system wasnt too bad up until a year or so ago.
Unless you screwed your bidding or didnt understand how it worked you got a fairly decent roster.
Particularly in your top 3 bid months.
Remember one mans great month is another mans nightmare.
Who wants to do a nine day SYD unless you are from there or at least an aussie.
Likewise no doubt the brazilian lads like Sao Paulo but others dont.
Therefore as everyones tastes are different everyone was fairly well catered for.
A smart management should be thinking who cares who goes to a destination as long as the flight gets crewed.
If the majority of the pilots are happy with their rosters thats a bonus.
Why would you go out of your way to piss off your employees?
Then along came AAR who detests pilots and thinks we need to be taught a lesson.
Now there are so many restrictions in place that the whole system has broken down.
We have people going to the opposite side of the world they bid for all month and strangely twice a month you get the same trip you never bid for.
Get someone to show you the swap group we use if you are able.
As soon as the rosters are out I get upwards of 200 emails requesting swaps and it continues all month.
You will get manually inserted day trips right in middle of what would have been a lot of days off in a row.
Rest assured the computer doesnt do that.
**ks in EK management do.
You will be made to work up until 1130pm the day before your leave starts and be back on at 0230 the day after.
It would be just bad luck if it happened to just a couple of guys but it happens to almost everyone starting leave.
The glass is half full at EK guys will not tell you this stuff I'm afraid.
This is not made up by me because of some gripe towards EK.
I'm just telling you the truth as it stands now.
There are some good parts to a life as an EK pilot, alas rostering is not one of them anymore.
Good luck with your decision.