Orville, the 'bus driver, attended DXB in early March, stayed the full period, had a good exit interview and was told he was in, subject to references and medical tests being o.k.
Thereafter, deafening silence. We guess "no news is good news" and that he is in the Hold Pool. After all, surely they would say if he had an untreatable case of "the dreaded lurgi"?
What I find strange is that EK don't communicate with its future workforce. It would be so easy to drop the Pool a line saying " thanks, you are accepted as a FO. As you've seen, we're up to our eyeballs processing DEC's at present so we don't have time to process our successful FO's yet. Don't worry, though, we'll get back to you shortly with a CCQ/TR start date once we finish the DEC's."
That would cost nothing, but would calm you guys down and let you sleep at night - Orville's pacing the floor at night is keeping his mum and I awake!
I wonder what this absolute incompetence by HR means for your future careers at EK. They don't seem too supportive or helpful at present - BA did it better in my day...
Can't be a bad thing if they are officially placing people in the pool... That's a precursor to hiring. And the 380 stuff while a pain, at least provides finality to this issue which I think may be the root of the slowdown...
Being placed in a Holding Pool may not, necessarily be a good development....
It's not the first time EK has done this with successful candidates; In May-Jun of 2008, they interviewed prospective FO's who were told "you can expect to be in class by September". This then moved to November. Boeing then had supply problems with the companies supplying the galleys for the 777, which delayed deliveries. Then the Boeing machinists went on strike and further delayed deliveries. The "Poolies" were then told to expect to be in DXB at the beginning of 2009.
As we all know, at the beginning of 2009 the world financial markets started to go into meltdown and the Poolies were then told that they would be contacted when a class date was available but that if they reached 12 months from their interview, that they would have to re-interview.
What happened was that EK had about 100-150 guys in the pool and "cherry-picked" those that had Boeing or Airbus time. The rest unfortunately, never made it out.
I'm not trying to wind anyone up here, just adding a bit more info about how EK has in the past, dealt with those in the Holding Pool. Whatever happens, good luck to those that are swimming.