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Air Mauritius - all you need to know about MK (threads merged)

Old 10th Feb 2003, 05:33
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SID the STAR.....Your feelings about the DFO and others has no bearing on my post. I am merely pointing out that when MK hire a local pilot, the have a higher probability of keeping them than they do of an expat. Without been unfair, this is not to say that some expats won't stay, however looking at past records, the figures speak for themselves.
ATR Pilot comments appears to give reasons why the Pilots are leaving MK. I wasn't making any comments about why they leave MK, as a matter of fact I didn't realise that Pilots were leaving MK to such an extent as is pointed out.
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Old 22nd Apr 2003, 00:41
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aircrew001 - good luck to you. Just remember however that for you, being favoured as a Mauritius national is what you can expect with Air Mauritius. However for a lot of us Brit types we are actively discriminated against in what is supposed to be our own country in the great quest for "equality". You would have FAR more chance of getting a position with BA than a Brit guy would of a position with Air Mauritius. This is how it works in the western world these days. I'm very lucky and have managed to get out of "mud island" and work elsewhere.
Just pi**sses me off really...
Rant over - as I say good luck to you in your career.
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Old 21st May 2004, 11:55
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Air Mauritius

Any of you guys out there know anything about the pay and conditions at MK?

Very little on this available.

Also would they consider 757 time for a 767 job?
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Old 22nd May 2004, 06:00
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Very doubtful you'd get on the 76, talk of them being phased out .
Quite a high turnover of pilots on the other fleets due to relatively poor conditions and low pay.
There is no management to speak of, in name only.
Expats are bottom of the list as is the usual case.
Living standards are typical third world.
Place is full of bad attitudes and light fingers.
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Old 22nd May 2004, 06:55
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Sounds like you've been rejected byjingo. Bit of a chip on the shoulder? I'm sure that within a few days there'll be a few posts from guys on the island who don't share your point of view and are quite content with life & conditions there.

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Old 22nd May 2004, 09:34
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Actually 4HP, I've heard plenty of negative stories about that outfit. Most of them along similar lines to what Byjingo is saying, and I heard it from guys on the A340 fleet. Apparently its only nice to go there on holiday........
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Old 22nd May 2004, 17:19
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Exclamation

Seeing that Storm Aviation are already running a PPRuNe 'banner ad' to this effect, would the following link help ?!: Various flight crew jobs
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Old 24th May 2004, 21:29
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4HP

If you liked it so much there in MK, why did you leave?
Maybe better conditions, etc, i wonder!
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Old 24th May 2004, 21:48
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Verified....

TRY, maybe, to do what your name says.....

4HP never said anything about working at or leaving MK - he made a comment on a statement.

Personally - I know a few guys who flew with MK - the name and the man... no complaints heard from them.

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Old 24th May 2004, 22:03
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As a matter of fact I have worked for them, initially on a wet-lease and then full time contract. Loved it. Great place to live, great routes, great aeroplanes, nice people. I left for personal reasons - it was sad to move on & sure I have fond memories. No regrets about leaving but I get pee'd off when I see someone who quite clearly doesn't know what they're talking about slagging the place.

If you get a chance to work for them, enjoy the privilege.

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Old 24th May 2004, 22:12
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Well - there you have it....

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Old 25th May 2004, 03:38
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Well, I guess if you come from somewhere worse than Mauritius then it would be ok, personally I was glad to move on to sandier pastures, along with about 20 other guy's and gals

4HP, no chip here, just speaking my mind, some people like it, others hate it, there's no middle ground.
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Old 25th May 2004, 08:37
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The most important thing is that you're where you want to be. There will always be greener grass in other pastures.

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Old 1st Jun 2004, 13:03
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Forced Resignations at Air Mauritius

4HP, Rhodie and Byjingo

It is now confirmed that the Chief of Operations(a french expatriate) at MK has been asked to politely remove himself after they had greased his bank account. Apparently there were Parliamentary Questions about to be asked at the Legislative Assembly and he had the answers of all the mismanagement by this department where he had no authority......Ala li la.
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Old 1st Jun 2004, 18:12
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As I said, it's a great place to live, great routes, great aeroplanes, nice people. There will always be someone on the take in Africa or Asia. If you concentrate on staying out of the politics and enjoying the view out the front window then these issues will have little effect on you.

Ala li la to you as well Sir.

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Old 23rd Jun 2004, 14:07
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If you have worked there then how about the salary info?
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Old 23rd Jun 2004, 14:48
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I left with a heavy heart (but no regrets) in '99. Salaries & conditions have improved since then (not all of them I believe but there have been substantial gains) and I'm sure you won't have to wait long for someone to post the current ones. MK reward loyalty in their expats; gone are the days of a quick upgrade but if you are an F/O and you keep your nose clean you'll be given the opportunity to swap seats in time. End of contract gratuities also increase substantially for each successive contract completed.

Are you a dreamer or have you got what it takes? You'll need a rating (I think they'll still give you a CCQ course), perserverance, determination, a plan, the ability to chart an alternative plan, a supportive yet appreciative family and the ability to fly an aircraft to a decent standard.

Good luck.

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Old 27th Oct 2004, 21:27
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Air Mauritius - not the ideal paradise!

So whats going on over there on the island?

Feedback here in SA says that the Ex-pats are very unhappy!

The story goes that 10 guys have resigned this month, a couple in the last 3 months and quite a few more to come. All fleets, Captains as well as F/O's are unhappy.

Lastest rumour is that Air Mauritius will get PARC to get direct entry Capt's and F/O's for six months (at huge pay rates) untill the crewing problems are sorted out.

Is this true? Haven't seen Air Mauritius advertise for pilots in the last 6 months!

True or False?

Any MK pilots out there?
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Old 27th Oct 2004, 21:37
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Actually Air Mauritius was looking for 76 drivers not so long ago (Less than six months ago to be precise). If l remember correctly even on the 340, Captains and F/O's as well. Maybe it's for the reason why then they were recruiting coz of the "exodus" of jockeys.
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Old 27th Oct 2004, 22:36
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They advertised in Flight Int recently, got a few responses bt no one turned up after finding out whats been going on over there.
As you say, all fleets very unhappy with conditions and Managements attitude of "if you don't like it, leave".
Pay is low compared to other operators and living conditions leave a lot to be desired, electricity outages/fluctuations every week, high rents for even a small dump and inability to leave the island whenever you want, have to "ask" the cheif pilot for his permission even if your on days off.
Cancellation of leaves at short notice and sim's can be hell on earth depending on who the instructor is.
Seniority is a joke which is why a lot of guys are leaving, told no chance of command or upgrade.
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