For a A320/1 year 1 FO, £3500 is about right as a take home average give or take a couple of hundred depending on time of year. That's assuming no student loans, pension deductions or overtime (of which there is plenty at present)
Am doing some thinking about this Monarch business, but am in the fortunate position of having a job already, so it would be a sort of sideways move rather than just paying the bills, were it to happen.
Because (I'm assuming) MON soon pretty reputable, and you don't get too many folk complaining on here, I can't seem to find too much info on what life's like for FO's on the smaller airbuses. Can anyone shed any light on the lifestyle? For example, LGW based 320/321 scheduling & nightstops? Home most nights? 5/2 6/3 etc?
Thanks to anyone on the inside who can shed some light.
On the 320/321 very few night stops, only the odd charter (I have been here about 5 years and only had 5 and 3 of those were tech stops). Roster wise there is nothing as structured at 6 on 2 off 5 on 3 off or anything like that, u get what u get which is all rostered within the scheduling agreement and usually have your roster about 6 weeks ahead, you can register up to 4 VIP (confirmed days off) in any month and you can ring fence duties so they can't change you from the early to the late etc.
Over the last couple of years only about 15-20 have left (thats my best guess not official).
There are New bases this year, and a fair amount of expansion planned.
The family are still interested company seems to be doing well, and is a key part of the group. MAEL, Cosmos, 1st aviation, Avro etc would all suffer if the airline dissapeared.
I fully understand someone who does not have a job, but has a type-rating, going to Monarch. I even understand if you are working for an Eastern European outfit or similar and feel the need to return to the UK - Monarch fits the bill. What is very intriguing, however, is the fact that a significant number of easyJet FOs are applying, which seems to be a backward step. Many of them feel the difficulty of not having permanent contracts yet, and I can only express my sympathies for them and my frustrations with easyJet management for creating a situation where they felt they had to leave. It is, nonetheless, an incredibly unwise move on just about every level. You will wait forever to get a command in a Company where the future, at its most generous, is not overly bright and fly old banger aircraft that are all different. If you are a young person with 18 months at easyJet, by all means leave to join British Airways, Cathay or even Emirates - but Monarch or Virgin? This is not sensible.
Hardly wishing to take sides I would hazard the guess that AdM was referring to the comparative age of the aircraft the fleet. Some of their aircraft, although they are 320/321s, have been around a while and been sourced from different places which means their configuration may vary slightly - unless they have been refitted.
Of course perceived "age" has a lot to do with maintenance and how much use the aircraft gets. Some of the orange 319s look like they have been flying non stop for 20 years, whereas a 20 year old 320 I flew a few years ago looked brand new.
As to EZY versus MON - as an example - again it all has to do with perceived stability, satisfaction and morale. It is very subjective and personal; a permanent job in what could be considered as a less "robust" airline may be better for some than no contract in a more "robust" airline.
I think a move to MON from any low cost is a step up.
In what respect?
A permanant contract with Monarch looking at the present may well be a step up from a pay by the hour Ryanair FO contract - I too would probably make the move.
When comparing it to a permanant FO contract with easy, particualy on a mainland Europe contract it is a no brainer in my opinion - don't move.
The middle ground is easyJet FlexiCrew......I honestly don't know what I'd do - resign myself to never having a planned future, no guaranteed income, no proper pension, no structure, no respect with a view that the Middle East is a possibility OR join Monarch, a company that right now offers a reasonable amount on a permanant contract. However I think all would agree, if they were to put their money on an airline not being around in the next 5 years then it'll be Monarch. That at least seems to be the opinion with everyone I fly with. If that happens then FlexiCrew, the Middle East or the Far East are going to be the only options for the vast majority if they wish to continue being a pilot......and they're lucky.
'Better the devil you know than the devil you don't'
Anyone joining a privately owned company which discloses nothing and does things like Monarch did earlier this year where their CEO made a rapid exit, never to be justified or replaced should approach cautiously.
I'd finally close by saying Monarch is quite a small airline where I'd have thought 'everyone knows everyone'. People from bigger airlines may not find this comfortable.
You're not *seriously* suggesting that an FO is better on FlexiScrew at eJ than a permanent contract at MON are you??! If so, can you tell me where I can get a pair of those rose-tinted specs you're wearing please?
I'm easy (not flexi anymore!) and in Europe and very happy with my deal and lifestyle and have no intention of going back to the UK (even if they do know how to make a proper cup of tea and not just hot milk with a dash of brown).... however, I have to be very honest if I were still flexi (especially the CTC contract) and if I wanted the UK (which a lot do) then this would be a fantastic opportunity.
Let's not forget that with project Merlin, where are the openings for flexis to get a proper, non pay per hour contract in the UK in the foreseeable future? They're just not there and everyone is sick of the emails offering European contracts saying "but do not apply if you'd like a UK base, opportunities will be available soon" which has been the same story for the last 2 years.
As I said, I am really happy here in easy, but it's not all like this for everyone sadly
P.S Adm, a young person with 18 months in easyJet? That's less than 1500 hours (by quite a long way) and so Emirates isn't an option and you need at least 1.5k for even the Second officer programme at Cathay