I'm sure that this may have been the case in the past but not surely now with guys having left and possibly more to follow. Going by what I've been told only, it seems that theres an even split of guys getting in - fijian to indo-fijian. And even naturalised citizens.
And i think there are two separate issues you mention Mr V; 1 - dis-unity with the indo-fijian; and 2 - recruitment methods. You may be right about the unity stuff though...
Would be interesting to find out the numbers of indo-fijian guys that have left FJ to move overseas for work (e.g Aust, M/E) as compared to the Fijian guys...
I think they've figured out that the guy(s) running the show (read the CEO) is about as useful as t!t5 on a bull and no amount of money will fix this sort of incompetence. I do feel for the employees though...
yeah i know. My cousin is a capt on one of the Y12s. I think he was just biding his time before he went for Air Pac (someone mentioned requiring something like 4000 hrs or something...). anyway he's now jobless.
MR V, its better to be in the right seat with great pay,benefits such as education,medical,all utilities ,than to stay in the left seat of a rotting 747 and have a 10% paycut. At least in the sandpit we don't have to worry about how we are going to make next months mortgage payments and having to pull out from FNPF just to pay school fees. Besides most just dont have the guts to make the move,At least in FJ some are looked after more than others.
"I think he was just biding his time before he went for Air Pac (someone mentioned requiring something like 4000 hrs or something...). anyway he's now jobless".
This sort of indicates that he was 'expecting' to get into Air Pac rather than 'hoping' to (just commenting on your statement rather that actuality). Hours haven't been a factors as of recent. They've taken guys with about 1500hrs - as well as those with more.
The Y12 would not have been his recent aircraft with Air Fiji right?!
"Besides most just dont have the guts to make the move,..." Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I am glad u like my name.i am also very happy for you as you will be a millionaire in fiji in just under 3.5 years.to earn '$26,000fj/month" how many hows did you have to do and how many of them were red eye specials?
"...from where I'm sitting things dont look to good in FJ 10% paycut 20% devaluation rumours of another 10% deval as datepalm said people must be finding it a bit hard making ends meet every month."
"...crime rate going thru the roof, no free media, country under dictatorship mate the list goes on."
Then why would you want to invest back in Fiji if you make comments like that???And obviously the situation in fiji doesnt bother you too much as you want to retire there.are you kinda contradicting yourself?
As one of my tavales mentioned earlier on this forum "its every man for himself"
For myself...money isnt everything.I am sure you sleep well on your 'omani rial stuffed pillow".In 3.5 years you can have a mattress made of fiji dollars!
Maybe you should have also enrolled in private school as they would have taught you to use full stops in sentences.
Last edited by Mr Vutulaki; 19th May 2009 at 07:01.
unfortunately due to the current economic crisis worldwide there has been an influx of applicants from europe and asia. Right now there are a total of 200 applications sitting on the bosses desk. Oman air would love to have FJ guys here but due to having to pay for tickets back home to FJ for the whole family once a year becomes an expensive investment. The ticket price from Oman to Oz is equivalent to the ticket price from OZ to FJ. So right now there are 7 ex AP drivers here so getting more guys from FJ will be the last option. We were lucky back in 2005 there was a shortage of crew. We have 1 ex Pacific Sun driver here he should be doing his upgrade once he does his 2 years of service. Unless you have an OZ basing and left seat on ATR you might have a chance.
Last edited by duckknocker; 19th May 2009 at 03:41.
Location: Kerikeri, New Zealand or Noosa Queensland. Depending on the time of year!
"So for many of us who left it was more to do with family welfare and retirement. We will be enjoying lifestyle when we retire back home in Fiji debt free"
Ducknocker, I could not agree with you more. We work to live - not live to work and whilst it is nice to have a job that you enjoy doing, and most of us in aviation do you have to maximise your earning potential whilst you can.
Having been an expatriate pilot for most of my working life I would have to agree with the career choices that you have taken. Fiji will always be there when the time comes to return and you will be able to look back on a much more memorable and financially rewarding flying career than those that have chosen to stay with the same old routine.
Hey VUTULAKI I totally agree with ex aviator and duck knocker , its all about the money you bring home at the end of the month that will set you up for retirement be it behind burgular bars back in FIJI or anywhere else of our choice.If it means having to do a couple of redeyes a month so be it.As far as i'm concerned its no better than doing return Brisbanes and melbournes,only difference is we actually get paid for the effort.
BY the way when is FJ parking the 747's, next thing you know they will be flying the NG's to LAX.So better get current on the NG boys it may be all you gonna fly in a few years. Giv us a call in 2020 when the 787 gets there,we will be more than happy to come and teach you boys how to fly it...