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Old 12th Apr 2012, 11:07
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Unhappy Air New Zealands future Job Prospects

Hi All.

I am an Air NZ second officer and have been for the past 5 years on the 747/777. I live in Christchurch, and am at this stage looking at another 5 years untill an airbus A320 FO job out of CHC. That's correct, an A320 FO job. (that is 10 years as an S/O) this is best guess work, and could well be longer.

Please note that this is going to be standard at Air NZ from now on. At the moment an A320 Captain slot at Air NZ is about 20 years from joining. I Repeat , 20 YEARS for an A320 Command!!

Please correct me if I am wrong. If I went to Jetstar now, how long would it take to command??? 3 years maybe?? compared to 20???? this is realistic. I am aware there is a well deserved pay rise on the horizon at Jetstar, which I am sure will overtake Air NZ base pay in the short term(wont take much).

What I am pointing out here, is that if you are looking at Air NZ for a long time career, think again, there are far superior options, you do the figures, don't be fooled, Air NZ maybe a fools game.

Officially Air NZ is now the slowest progressing Airline in the world, it has overtaken Air Canada, depressing I know, but correct.

This post is purely for information only.

All the Best Comrads
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Old 12th Apr 2012, 11:40
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The training bubble for the 787 and greater than average retirements over the next few years should bring some relief. Might get you into the A320, but it's unlikely to be the left one.

If its the left seat you desire ASAP then your future lies elsewhere.
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Old 12th Apr 2012, 12:51
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The only way to a quick command is to either join an airline with a high turnover or one that is expanding. High turnover = poor conditions. Good conditions = low turnover. There is also the danger of joining a new airline that is expanding just until you join. With relatively young crew, it will take some time to get a steady stream of retirements and the new joiner will spend even more time in the right seat.

Simple mathematics would say that in an airline that is neither expanding nor contracting will have crew spend the same ratio of average career time in each position as the ratio of pilots in those positions. For example, if the average age of joining is 30 and average time of retirement 60, there is a career of 30 years. If the crew numbers are 1/3 Second Officer, 1/3 First Officer, 1/3 Captain, then you can expect to spend 1/3 of your time in each position. That is, 10 years in each rank. If the airline is expanding, quick promotion. Airline shrinking, slower promotion.

Now, if you join an airline that expands rapidly for 5 years and the average age of the crew is young so no retirements, and they stop expanding, you could be an F/O (or S/O) for a VERY long time.

These low-cost/pay airlines are kind of like a pyramid selling scheme for crew. Get in quick, get a quick command, and you are sweet, as the captain pay may be well less than the 'legacy' airlines, but you are on that captain pay for way, way longer. Last one in and you are pretty much screwed.
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Old 12th Apr 2012, 22:14
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Are you interested in command or lifestyle/remuneration?

If its just about command go to Jetstar etc, or even stay at the links.

Personally Im not too worried about command, Ive had it in previous jobs. Ive also done more interesting flying. For me its all about the terms and conditions, and for that ANZ is hard to beat. Heaps of time off, good money, company doesnt muck you around too much.

For me ANZ is far better than the alternatives.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 01:47
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I thought QANTAS mainline was the slowest progressing airline in the world!

Definite trend here of course.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 02:35
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I thought QANTAS mainline was the slowest progressing airline in the world!
Nah, you go from SO on the A330 to FO on the A320 in <4 years, then its only 2-3 years to command, after which you can come back to the Q and pick up your FO spot on the A380. Not slow at all.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 02:40
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Trust me mate, terms and conditions are far far more important than progression. FO / CAPTAIN for a sh*t airline or SO / FO for Air New Zealand. I think that I would sit fat dumb and happy as an SO, you would be taking a pay cut to go to Jetstar as an FO, would be a minimum of 3 years to command and by then the expansion may have stopped and you might end up stuck as an FO at Jetstar
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20 years next to grandad and their WW2 era CRM gets a bit tedious.

I'd hate to be in the back of a 380 at QF or in the right seat of a 330 purely for this reason!

Pilots by their very nature are ambitious and their comes a time when you need to flee the nest and taste the rewards and challenges of being a commander.

None of us joined an airline to sit up the back or in the right seat forever.

I'd happy with anything under 12 years.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 04:49
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Sorry to hijack the thread, but on the subject of Jetstar, does anyone have any inside goss as to if and when an improved contract will be offered to the pilots based in NZ?
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 05:47
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Is there any recruiting happening for NZ at the moment?
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 05:52
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Originally Posted by The Green Goblin
20 years next to grandad and their WW2 era CRM gets a bit tedious.

I'd hate to be in the back of a 380 at QF or in the right seat of a 330 purely for this reason!
you obviously have no idea what the culture is like on the 380 so you prefer to sit back & throw stones very droll.
I've been pleasantly surprised with things in that department - although a few are starting to slip through...
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 06:36
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From what I understand the 767/747 fleets have been purged of the A team who now are part of club 380

Anywy we can have a thread on here about another airline can we?
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 07:10
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The golden days at AirNZ have long gone. Expect to be an SO or 320 FO for 20 years. Thats the cold hard reality. Some junior drivers are looking to leave Air NZ for that reason. Don't like it? Leave. The system won't change any time soon. There are some pretty bitter people out there.

Anyone hanging in the wings on an illusive "yes letter" should look at Pac Blue or Jet Star. At least the hands on time is recognised by EK which will give you the option to move on. AirNZ SOs don't really have that option.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 07:26
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By the way is anyone going to mention the recent reinterview of some in the hold pool? Starts in May confirmed with more to follow later in the year.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 08:56
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When you look at the demography of all legacy airlines then you will see that the flat lining is only a matter of time before there will be huge surge through the ranks. The slow down is really a product of the change in retirement ages.

The Air NZ pilots getting onto the Airbus LHS are all approaching 50 and those getting to the B767 and B777 are approaching 60. This is a huge bubble moving through but stalled by the pensioners not leaving the airline.

When this bubble finally bursts it is all going to hell in a hand basket with the movement expected.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 09:09
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Starts in May confirmed with more to follow later in the year.
New hire course for 5 advertised recently, (not sure of the fleet, but would assume the 777)

Also heard that that could be this years quota.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 09:32
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Starts are on 777, another course is planned for later in the year, some guys already pencilled in on it.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 10:09
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This is a huge bubble moving through but stalled by the pensioners not leaving the airline.
The pensioners? why should they leave?
People will always do whats best for them and their family, it's part of being a successful animal and has been so for 40,000 years+.
People who spend time moaning about those who stay on after 60 are wasting their own time and energy. Just forget about it 'cause human nature aint about to change in a hurry.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 10:18
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and of course when those currently whinging about the old farts in cockpit get to that age, they'll all stay on as long as possible too... 'it happened to me, it's your turn', 'i've got 3 ex's and 4 rugrats to support' and 'retire? the boss doesn't want me under her feet for the next 20 years' etc.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 13:52
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Being S/o = shame being one at ANZ = good luck suckers
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