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Old 19th Apr 2016, 03:39   #81 (permalink)
 
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Old 15th May 2016, 13:11   #82 (permalink)
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Good to see things are looking positive, but buying monarch would be a step too far.

Flybe boss primes airline for take-off
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Old 16th May 2016, 10:54   #83 (permalink)
 
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Now I might not be able to pass BA's verbal reasoning, but I think we can knock this one on the head right now can't we?

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Acquisitions are not core to his growth plan and he dismisses the suggestion Flybe could tie-up with leisure travel-focused Monarch, which is thought to be up for sale.
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Old 16th May 2016, 10:58   #84 (permalink)

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I have just seen this comment from RexBanner a few posts back:

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I can only echo, however, the sentiments regarding Flybe before the January announcement of three years ago. A simply wonderful place to work with opportunities for a great lifestyle. If the archangel Gabriel came down now and told me "Rex you can go back to Flybe with things exactly how they were but the company will be stable and profitable and it will never change but you must stay there until retirement" I would happily give up my long haul ambitions right now and go back.
Rex took the words right out of my mouth. I had five years at Flybe, left in the great cull of 2013, survived a couple of years in the sandpit and now fly a very big aeroplane for a very big airline. Of all of them, Flybe was by far and away the most enjoyable lifestyle and flying – and considering I now spend my flights choosing 1st class food and planning bunk time instead of saying ‘ALT SEL’, waiting for the aircraft to try and bite me and wondering when I’ll have time for a pee – that says a lot for how good it was. Small bases, going flying with your mates, wonderful camaraderie, banter and social life with the cabin crew, maybe 500hrs per year, no night flying – it was a flying club rather than a job. Put me back at NWI, LGW, NCL or INV and convince me my job was secure, and I’d be as happy as a pig in the proverbial.

Sadly, those days are long gone (along with many of the bases). Friends who are still there are just as poorly paid as before, but have lost most of the lifestyle compensations. Nine days off a month is do-able with short 2-sector days and standbys you can do from home, especially when they rarely call you. It’s not so much fun with 80hrs a month and relentless 4 and 6 sector days. The company used to boast about the great regional lifestyle it offered, but all those little bases with the club-house atmosphere are history.

To be fair, Flybe have got some of the fundamentals spot on. As others have mentioned, the training and safety culture is second to none, which helps to make it a great first job. However, commercially they have all too often been a shambles, stumbling from one crisis or poor strategic decision to the next.

For someone starting out, it’s a good place to get decent training and valuable experience. For a DEC with no mortgage who is running the clock down to retirement and can go part-time it can be a nice little hobby job. For everyone in between – particularly folks with kids and/or big mortgages – it never was much of a career airline, and is even less so these days.

Oh, and for what it’s worth, I’ve flown the Q400, 737 and 777, and the Dash is by some margin the trickiest one to fly. The Boeings are boring - but at least they have ovens. Pot Noodle anyone?
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Old 24th May 2016, 18:51   #85 (permalink)
 
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G SXTY,

That is one of the most balanced and accurate summaries of Exeter Airlines I've read for a long time.

Well done and thank you; I concur fully with your post!
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Old 31st May 2016, 08:55   #86 (permalink)
 
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Yep... what he said ^

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Old 31st May 2016, 19:46   #87 (permalink)
 
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Pay deal has gone through so dash skippers will see a decent rise putting them on a par with the jet in three years. BALPA can do good work and fair play to the company council for getting far more out of the company than anyone expected without significant escalation.

With a few more improvements Flybe is looking more and more attractive, good luck to the cc to win them in the future. 👍
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Old 31st May 2016, 22:10   #88 (permalink)


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I have been reading this thread, and understand that the roster at Flybe is not great. Can anyone tell me how many hours a month can you expect in the Summer as a Q400 Skipper? How is the ratio between flight hours and duty hours? Also how many night stops can you expect if any from Belfast base? What about requests for holidays, are they usually granted on the requested dates? How stable is the company at the moment?
I know I have asked a lot of questions, and know the company has been through some very turbulent times recently, and it is not the same as it once was, but I would like to fly from my home airport, but I am not willing to accept poor terms and conditions just to do so.
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Old 1st Jun 2016, 10:16   #89 (permalink)
 
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Out of BHD I would expect 90-100 hour months in the summer, in excess of 800 hrs per year total assuming full time, likely close to 900 in reality.
Flight/duty hours are relatively on par, in essence, when at work you will be flying. Nightstops will vary depending on the crewing levels at other bases, basically you will only night-stop out of BHD to cover other bases, until you are LCY trained, (not everyone gets trained) Belfast generally has the lowest level of night stops within the company.
Expect to be bottom of seniority for holidays so will depend on demand obviously when you are looking to book.

If base is your priority, then Flybe might be a good option for you. BHD is the most stable and best one in the company (that is common opinion in case anyone claims bias!), it has the best crews to go on a day out with, airport access and closing times limit disruption compared to other bases, and lastly BHD will never be closed as long as Flybe exists as it is one of the company's main breadwinners for the dash.

Stability? Well who knows, but they are profitable and generally the routes are busy (except Saads obsession with BHD-LPL but thats another story).

Cons: 6 sector days are the worst, and you will do plenty of them out of BHD
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Old 2nd Jun 2016, 10:24   #90 (permalink)


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To fly 90hrs a month in a turbo prop, with short sectors within the UK, sounds like very hard work, especially when the weather is bad. As for regular six sector days, I now understand why they have a problem retaining crews. Thanks for the info.
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Old 2nd Jun 2016, 17:27   #91 (permalink)


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Well actually I think the crew retainment issue is a far wider problem than them doing 6 sector days, and considering the 6 sectors is confined to one or two bases it nowhere near explains why every base is losing pilots. To think otherwise is a little naive.
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Old 20th Jun 2016, 15:13   #92 (permalink)
 
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Hello everyone,

I have been offered a first officer job at Exeter. This will be my first job in the industry and I would like some information please.

1. Can you tell me what routes I can expect on my roster?
2. How long would I wait to be transitioned on to the Embraer fleet?

Anything else you feel I should know?

Thank you.
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Old 20th Jun 2016, 18:03   #93 (permalink)


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What routes can you expect on your roster?

Manchester, Manchester, Manchester, Channel Islands, Channel Islands and the odd Amsterdam for luck, and once you've flown them you'll go to Manchester some more.

Time to jet in Exeter for new starters? Expect the jet to leave the business before you get a chance. Alot of new guys didn't have to wait long at all, but that's because it was a fleet replacement aircraft. There's alot of first officers in base above you on the list now to leek through the system.
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Old 20th Jun 2016, 18:32   #94 (permalink)
 
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Congratulations on your first job! Flybe is a good first airline to cut your teeth with and the Q400 is about as difficult as it gets.
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Old 21st Jun 2016, 14:21   #95 (permalink)
 
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Thanks guys. How long would it take for someone to move into the Manchester base?
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Old 21st Jun 2016, 18:47   #96 (permalink)


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Congratulations Bloated Stomach, very pleased for you, I would have thought these were fairly basic questions you would have asked at the interview stage or even taken the time to look up their schedules on line.

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Old 22nd Jun 2016, 09:44   #97 (permalink)
 
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Thank you Winston Fumble. Unfortunately I wasn't asked about my base preferences until offer of employment. As my first role after 4 and a half years looking for a job, I didn't want to jeopardise the opportunity.
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Old 22nd Jun 2016, 16:44   #98 (permalink)
 
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Once you start you will be able to see the seniority list, the bidding system is twice a year and depending on people moving up/on etc you will get the move after 6 months or one year I would reckon.
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Old 25th Jun 2016, 18:17   #99 (permalink)


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Bloated, I can understand that. Good luck for the future.
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Old 18th Jul 2016, 01:13   #100 (permalink)
 
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Thanks Winston.
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