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Old 24th May 2007, 20:37
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Not yet... but I had a BMED interview this afternoon and as soon as I got home they offered me the job! So I'll kind of be BA for a few months!
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Old 24th May 2007, 21:47
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Course work

Hi AMS-LHR
The course work is based on the commercial brands and services offered with in BA. Its about loyalty schemes , cabin classes and services offered. You will also learn about the drink services and the types of wines and spirits offered etc. Its not hard but its time consuming e.g looking over notes time and time again which is great , you gotta know your stuff.
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Old 24th May 2007, 21:48
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Hey AMS

I'm waiting for my pack so as soon as I get it I'll let you know what its like. Well done on getting the job. I was worried about training again and starting a new airline but now I'm excited and got butterflies lol (how sad)

No, in truth I'm really pleased to be starting BA and I hope to fly with you all soon. My friend starts in June.
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Old 24th May 2007, 22:22
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Welcome aboard 1st Class......though you may not be working in that cabin for a while.
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Old 25th May 2007, 00:05
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Rach-G and BA-Boi

Thank you for answering my questions on pay, rosta, days off and CRM so comprehensively - much appreciated!

Couple more things if you or anyone else wouldn't mind answering:

1) we're all aware of the BA pension scheme! Does the company make a contribution still to this?

2) do crew park in the car park adjacent to the Compass Centre - the parking area doesn't look that large considering the number of staff that go through there on a daily basis. Is there ever a problem?

Cheers, Ben
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Old 25th May 2007, 00:08
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Rach-G or anyone at BA

Apologies - another question, what does 'Available' mean and how does this differ from 'Standby'?

Cheers.

Ben
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Old 25th May 2007, 04:52
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Hey Guys!!!

I have my interview next week and I`m sooooooooo nervous. Never been this nervous before but have waited so long to get called for the interview it seems the waiting has gone on forever. One of my friends had interview last week and didnt get the job and i was sure they would so this has added to my nervousness

Done some research on BA but dont want to overdo it. Anyone here who got the job could offer some advise. Thanks everyone!
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Old 25th May 2007, 10:45
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Hi again 1st class.....no theres no catch,everything very relaxed at ba!Came over from bmed 2 years ago and have never looked back!ie ,no stressed trainers at sep and avmed!!you will love it!good luck with the training and congratulations to everyone who is starting at B.A, you gonna love it!
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Old 25th May 2007, 10:52
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Hi ben asher.....at eurofleet standby is done at the compass centre and is rostered in a 6 hour block,you may get one or two a month.If you are called to do a trip from standby you will trigger all the allowances from the time that you started your standby from.Availables also appear sometimes on your rosta and for these you need to call "VOICE" at 6pm the evening before the availale to see if you have been rostered anything for the next day,quite often you will have a couple of availables before a block of days off and the last available becomes a non-op so you get an extra day off!Everything is explained on your coarse so dont worry about anything!good luck!
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Old 25th May 2007, 10:59
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Hi ben again!
1 yes the company contribute to your pension
2 the car park is not the one you see right outside the compass centre that is for the staff working in there(although you can park there at weekends)!
We park in the car park further along bath road in Longford and there are ba shuttle busses to compass about every 10 mins!(On a good day)!
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Old 25th May 2007, 11:00
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Ben, BA does contribute to the pension scheme, I believe it's 5% if you put in the full amount every month....bear in mind that contributions are based on your basic pay, not your total pay (basic + allowances). If I were you, definitely opt in (the company are offering to put some money in your pot after all...), but for goodness' sake make sure you're saving money for retirement elsewhere....if you rely on the BA pension alone you'll be begging on the streets when you're 55....

Regarding parking.....BA crew actually use a car park 2 roundabouts away from Compass...the car park you're thinking of is for operational (ground) staff based at Compass & visitors. However, on weekends (when office-based staff vanish from the face of the earth...), you'll be able to park at Compass centre.

Availables do differ from standbys....you can get single days, doubles, triples or quadruples! Basically, you 95% likely to be working on such days....scheduling just haven't got round to actually assigning you any work at the time the roster was published...with anything more than 1 available, you can call scheduling to arrange a trip (if there are any in the system). Occasionally, if you have a single AVL at the end of a block of work you may actually get NON-OP which means you've been given the day off.

By the way, sorry about the long posting.....enjoy BA.
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Old 25th May 2007, 11:28
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Hi there!

I have been reading the posts and it help a lot about my doubts for money, medical insurance, roasters and days off . BA is better than IB, but could please anyone said something about free tickets?.
How long have you been working to take free tickets?,
are they unlimited?,
do you have tickets for friends or only relatives?,
if you are not married but lives with someone, is possible to get tickets for this person?.

Itīs important for me because I want to live in the continent in the future and my family lives spread around the world.

Thank you all very much.
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Old 25th May 2007, 12:48
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Hi All

Just wondering if anyone was at the assessment day yesterday morning & more importantly has anyone heard the result?

Good luck all
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Old 25th May 2007, 12:54
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Thumbs up well done

AMS-LHR thats great news well done very quick to get back to you must of blown them away!!!
japanair its natural to be nervous good luck as ams said people their are very friendly, relaxed enviroment and even my interview group was a great bunch kept in touch with most of them!
cant wait to start that training course is that sad!!!!
well done for those of you that also got offers
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Old 25th May 2007, 13:08
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Smile interview outfits...

thanks lulutinkerbell and all for the dressing advice...

that makes much more sense, and makes things slightly more clearer
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Old 25th May 2007, 16:46
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This BA crew video seems to be doing the rounds at the moment...little taster of what's to come....enjoy...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVbUjab6KSY
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Old 25th May 2007, 19:25
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Airbus777 and Smell the Coffee

Thanks very much for the info on pensions and car parking. Don't worry Smell the Coffee - have made other plans re my pension but nice to know they do make some contribution. Actually, now you've mentioned it, do BA cabin crew generally fold up their wings at 55 ??

Cheers for now.

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Old 25th May 2007, 19:38
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Hi Ben

I think 55 is the new legal limit, but don't quote me.

AMS-LHR (great username, you'll be doing a few of those love ) you get to go to glam beaches in Barcelona, Nice, Larnaca, Lisbon, Rome...you just need to get organized once you see those nice trips on your roster.

Besides, you'll be licensed on the 767...EF crew sometimes get rostered the odd longhaul flight to NAS, DAR, DXB....
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Old 25th May 2007, 23:29
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Ben Asher:

when you sign your contract, your contractual retirement age will be 55. this was negotiated by our union, BASSA, in the early 1970's.

however, since the anti-age legislation act (please excuse my inexpert naming of this law) came into effect in october 2006, you can opt to carry on working until the age of 65 if you want to.

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OMG!!!

Omg, I can't believe it, I'm in that sodding YouTube video! Not happy as I wasn't asked. Hmmm, words will be had with the film maker (I've got his number, lol). Wouldn't mind so much if I was asked... Am I being a fun-spoiling witch?

On a more positive note, BA is great fun (esp LGW as that's where I "live")
Folks who are going to interviews/assessments, just be yourself, sell yourself (how great you are) without being cocky and you'll be fine. If you don't know the answer to a question about the company, just tell them you're keen to learn.

For those who've got the job, please pay attention on your course. Ask questions about things you're not certain about (sometimes waiting to the end of the day or lunch break is good as you can get personal answer), study the pre course pack, you will be tested on first or second day. Read your coursework at home when you've finished for the day. Dress nicely (no jeans/trainers).

Don't rebel agains uniform standards. I tried for years and it didn't work. It's easier to comply. Listen to your fellow crew when you're online. They've got great experience and will teach you lots of things (not just related to flying ). Respect seniority, but stand up for yourself with what you believe in.

Most of all, welcome to the company, hope you have a great career and lots of fun. Don't sweat the small stuff. If you have a nasty pax, just think of it this way: You only have to put up with them for a few hours, they have to be miserable for the rest of their life. Kill them with kindness, it really annoys misery-guts pax when you don't bite their bait.

Best of luck to all of you, may you have a wonderful time.

Gg

Ps, don't forget your camera on sep training. I still look at my pics of me on a 747 slide in my lovely white overalls with a smile.
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