Didnt they just offload some highly paid full time pilots who would have preferred to have stayed? Who could have guessed that they would need to be replaced with much cheaper part timers so soon after the latest morale boosting purge
People down the foot of the list jumped before they were pushed. I'm sure that they would have been happy to stay at TCX but many may have a better career as a result. To reduce costs in the winter, I suspect that TCX will be running summer only contracts for a few years.
I would bet a fair bit against any cadet type arrangement after comments made by the Chief Pilot last week. Short of manpower mainly due to extra lines of flying bought back in-house after the failure of 3rd. party airlines. They have already admitted that the supply of suitable candidates is limited, if (and its a big if) more than expected jump ship to the ME, you never know, a summer contract might develop into something more permanent. Its not the safest option, but at least its in the UK!
They must be looking at unemployed 757/767 drivers or guys who can leave something at very short notice. Industry standard 3 months notice dictates the earliest start could be late June. This would be for an OCC!! You wouldn't be online until July, however in most cases August. The summer is all but finished by then. However I doubt many would leave a position to take up a job at TCX on a short term contract with a vague possibility of something permanent. It might have been worth a gamble when times were good, but now......
Are TCX looking for any remaining Astraeus drivers who haven't been hoovered up by Jet2, DHL, Emirates and the like? I totally agree with the comment that the supply of suitable candidates is limited. I'd say it is very limited. BA already commented during their DEP campaign that suitably rated 757/767 candidates were few and far between.
I suspect that some of our colleagues that took the Enhanced VR will be offered an extension. Politically, it would have to be RHS due to the Reserve Captain issue. Happened last time when TCX were suddenly left short.
With TCX having gone through some rather tough times in recent months, other than the few remaining 75/76 rated people left on the market (and there are very very few), it's difficult to see people giving up their current job for this. Even though flying in the UK is a plus, I think they might struggle to get bums on seats unfortunately. I wish them luck but I really believe they'll struggle.
BA already commented during their DEP campaign that suitably rated 757/767 candidates were few and far between
Yes - BA made redundant 25 B757/767 pilots from its Paris based subsidiary in December. All have now either found alternative employment or have retired from flying duties following decades of service to UK aviation.
Given that you have 500+ on a Boeing I would say its a definite maybe. TCX will struggle getting guys with experience on type as the job role is only a seasonal contract with a slim possibility of being kept on. As TCX are currently pushing loads of guys throughout TR's I think there is a very strong possibility of guys who are not rated being taken on.