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Old 24th Oct 2017, 07:52   #1 (permalink)


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Airline Inquiry in US - AA/DAL/UAL/SW

Can I get some advice please.

I知 considering moving my family to California, either LA or SF. And would like to know the current state of the pilot job market and what jobs are considered good or better than others.

I知 moving back from over seas so am out of touch with what痴 happening at home.

Important areas of consideration for me are:

1). Roster control
2). Lifestyle (vacation days, type of flying, hours per month)
3). Remuneration
4). Pension - do these exist anymore? I知 currently on defined contribution.
5). Time to upgrade

Not necessarily in the order above but close!

I really appreciate the help. And for anyone considering a job with Cathay - send me a message and I値l pass on all I know!
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Old 24th Oct 2017, 21:22   #2 (permalink)
 
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104Fan,

You haven't given enough info about your circumstances to answer your questions.
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First you're going to have to learn American English - it's 1) scheduling and 3) compensation. The only airlines with a traditional pension for new hires are FedEx and UPS and FedEx won't look at you for 5 years since you've been living out of country. Delta has pilots holding a Captain bid at about one year if you want to be a EWR MD-80 reserve Captain.

There are profiles for most US carriers over on Airline Pilot Central.
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I have recently heard that FedEx is, or has changed that living out of the US restriction? Does anyone have a definitive answer?
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Old 26th Oct 2017, 13:47   #5 (permalink)
 
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Can I get some advice please.
104Fan,

Yes...yes you can. But it may not be quite what you sought.

While I can understand your interest in AA/DAL/UAL/SW, I'd suggest you broaden your investigation to include the likes of JetBlue, Spirit, Frontier, Atlas, UPS, FedEx. Particularly since you've expressed a motivation to locate your family in the USA.

Since you've said you're "out of touch" with the state of affairs here let me say that just getting an interview with a career-destination carrier is a monumental hurdle ( and accomplishment) in itself. There are thousands of competitive applicants here who've been unable to get even that far.

And once an interview is granted, interview success rate is the next hurdle. While I don't have complete data for all the companies you listed, I do for DL and SWA as examples.

From SWA's pilot hiring Facebook page, the listed interview success rate is 25-40 %. Their numbers...not allegations.

From DL's own data (also not scuttlebutt), the rate from the start of the big hiring push in 2014 until now is 74% and y-t-d 2017 only 72%. And they appear to be interviewing/hiring fewer than previous years.

From what appears to be a responsible online source, UAL has recently stopped all hiring. I'd like to be proven wrong on that.

I have no data on how many people submit applications vs how many actually get an interview.

Sounds like you're flying for CX ? If so, you've likely got great professional quals and experience. I would suggest you factor in the possibility that'll mean little if anything to most of the really great places you'd want to be.

That won't be your fault; that'll be THEIR fault. Particularly since fuzzy, amorphous HR criteria for what constitutes a "proper" employee seem to carry weight equal or exceeding the professional aviation ones.

If I may say so, most of the other questions you raised are largely insignificant in the Grand Scheme of establishing a long term airline career here.

And...as has been mentioned, without the legal ability to live/work here, all of what I just said is also irrelevant. You'll need US citizenship, dual citizenship or a Green Card or no desirable carrier will touch you.

Best of luck in your efforts.

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I have recently heard that FedEx is, or has changed that living out of the US restriction? Does anyone have a definitive answer?
Spooky 2,

It used to be listed among their requirements but now isn't:

https://fedex.pilotcredentials.com/i...qualifications

I thought it had something to do with US Post Office regs...or something...not sure where I got that idea. I don't recall UPS having such a restriction but UPS carries mail, right ?

Also don't understand this one...maybe something related to CRAF ? Many carriers are CRAF but I haven't see it listed among requirements for other carriers. Always possible I've overlooked something:

"Eligibility for issuance of US Security Clearance"

The SIDA badge restrictions are entertaining. I don't recall seeing this listed on other airlines' quals info:

"Please review the following list of disqualifying offenses and certify that you have not, during the past 10 years, been convicted or found not guilty by reason of insanity of any of the following disqualifying offenses."

Here's an example of a carrier with the residency requirement:

“Must be eligible to work in the U.S. and have resided in the U.S. for 4.5 of the past 5 years.”

http://www.jsfirm.com/Pilot-Fixed+Wi...o/jobID_234631


Please accept my most heart felt sympathy for anyone looking for a flying job these days.

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Spooky 2

I thought it had something to do with US Post Office regs...or something...not sure where I got that idea. I don't recall UPS having such a restriction but UPS carries mail, right?
Unless things have changed, no.

Back in the early 2000s the USPS canceled the the ten year year they had signed with Kitty Hawk after only a couple years. They decided they wanted a carrier with presence everywhere. The USPS determined that there were only two cargo companies with that presence. And the USPS didn't get along with UPS so it was a no bid award of the express mail contract to FedEx.
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Unless things have changed, no.

Back in the early 2000s the USPS canceled the the ten year year they had signed with Kitty Hawk after only a couple years. They decided they wanted a carrier with presence everywhere. The USPS determined that there were only two cargo companies with that presence. And the USPS didn't get along with UPS so it was a no bid award of the express mail contract to FedEx.
MI,

Thanks. Didn't know that (along with lots of other stuff ).

So, is the residency requirement related to a USPS contract ? Any idea why FedEx dropped it ?
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MI,

Thanks. Didn't know that (along with lots of other stuff ).

So, is the residency requirement related to a USPS contract ? Any idea why FedEx dropped it ?
Probably because other airlines often carry US mail and never had any such restrictions.

My 7 years at EK is almost up and having been in touch recently with a FedEx pilot-friend, I can also confirm it has been removed.
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