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Hong Kong Airlines (HKA)

Old 20th Jun 2017, 02:52
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Guys is it the same stuff?

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Old 20th Jun 2017, 07:20
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No commuting roster at HKC.
It's a 'green field' project, but they are repeating the very same mistakes HKA made when they were starting up.
HKA could have introduced Commuting Contracts from the get-go to attract pilots, and they would have never had any of their persistent crewing issues. But their penny pinching mentality created a crew shortage which is now blossoming into a crisis in which they've chosen to ride roughshod over the expectations of long serving pilots.

HKC is starting in the same vein. Adamantly refusing Commuting Rosters.
Stupidity and arrogance seem to be hereditary.

I have difficulty grasping why any pilot would choose to fly for HKC instead of HKA where there's the likelihood you'll get some type of commuting roster now, options to get on newer/better aircraft, and on longhaul routes (eventually) and where you don't have to spend your life flying 'plastic dogpoo' out of Hong Kong (in the middle of the night).
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Old 20th Jun 2017, 08:41
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To be honest with good housing benefits and 3/4 business confirmed business class tickets (to anywhere) per year for you and your family there's no need for commuting rosters, plenty of people would be interested.

One thing I can't understand from the salary numbers and conditions posted on here, why would HNA pay 25000 dollars to work for their companies in mainland china but much less at HKA?
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Old 20th Jun 2017, 08:56
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Eh?
There is NO housing benefit, and NO confirmed tickets.
HKA won't even upgrade Captains to Biz Class on their own services.

Pilots with families (those who desire a good education for their children) aren't bringing them to HKG because the good schools are full, and way too costly on a HKA salary anyhow.
HKG property values are in a crazy bubble, and no wise guy would buy at these inflated prices. That means a life of renting (burning money you could be using to pay a mortgage with) and living in a TINY high rise dog-box apartment in soulless Tung Chung (with your stir-crazy unemployed wife, and stressed out Chinese public school kids). Not likely to be a happy long term arrangement for most. Maybe ok if you come from 3rd world.

No wife/kids? Suits you Sir.
Until a better offer comes along.

One thing I can't understand from the salary numbers and conditions posted on here, why would HNA pay 25000 dollars to work for their companies in mainland china but much less in HKA?
HNA made the (incorrect) assumption that they don't need to pay the Big Bucks to Westerners to work in Westernised HKG.....the 2nd most expensive city in the world.
A desperate crew shortage is the result.

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Old 20th Jun 2017, 10:17
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Originally Posted by Killaroo View Post
...'plastic dogpoo' out of Hong Kong (in the middle of the night).
I expect royalties Killaroo!
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Old 20th Jun 2017, 11:34
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I'll gladly pay if you can find me a copy of the movie! I've searched everywhere, no joy.
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Old 21st Jun 2017, 08:11
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What! You didn't get the 30th anniversary HD edition last year from the Apple store?
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Old 10th Jul 2017, 12:29
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Majority of FOP is and run by foreigners. But all the rest is by locals. And unlike other places where FOP, being the core of airline business naturally runs the show and HR is the backoffice... HKA HR runs the show together with rostering, and FOP is like the acting clown to whom the crowd clap after a performance and by the end of show go back to their cage together with the monkeys and remaining cattle.
They know how much pilots make, they compare that with themselves, and they just hate pilots. This is it. They are owners of the pilot, and they always compare. They don't care if the pilot role is different. They don't care if a pilot work anytime of everyday, while they spend their public holiday with their family and go back home everyday after work.
As they work on a week basis like most jobs from mon-fri they think a pilot should work as many days as they do, and have only 7-8 days off per month. And lucky pilot having 28 days AL.
They don't know what productivity is. If a pilot does 80h in 2 weeks for sure this pilot will have the rest of the month with STBY and O. No way a pilot will have more days off then a office staff, even that the pilot reach nearly 100% of the possible duty for that period.

Now they pay school allowance. But, if you plan to have your kids in international... that offer is just a joke. They did that to tick the box of the allowance. It is better then nothing, true! But assuming they have is like a near-miss.
If you ask: You have school allowance - YES, we have. Indeed... just make sure you read and investigate properly.
Captain with 2 kids in university spend all the money. No luxuries.
FOs with kids have a hard life.
MPF. Yes. But don't forget its just the minimum mandatory by law. It would be nothing if it wasn't mandatory. Comparing it with the competition, HKA pays 10%. Yes 10%.

Commuting roster... don't be fooled by cheap propaganda.
Unless you live very close to HK, you will be doomed.
If you get the so attractive package C with a very limited offer, taking a place that should belong to a very senior pilot, but they use it to lure more participants in the circus instead, you will have a cut in your already overpaid check and give away your AL.
Please note that you will never have more then 10 days off, this 10 days will be company choice and you will have this every month. Do you really wanna go somewhere far every month for the infinite time of 10 days? If you go far, how long does the travel take? Traveling with ID? Don't forget to come earlier, otherwise you may encounter some unforeseen circumstances, and if you cant make it on time for you next duty don't expect any mercy from HKA.
If you prefer to pay full fare for you and your family, its a safer choice, but you will probably burn whats left from your ultrahigh paycheck.

How many airlines Hainan owns? Why can't they just learn from those with better (at least on paper) contracts and apply it in their HK based airline? Their intention is to lure desperate pilots to a "fantasy" city.
If you really need, of course go for it. But if you have no constraints, carefully think about it before act. Don't rush into a decision or you may find yourself beyond the PNR.
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Old 12th Jul 2017, 11:02
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Lots of informed opinion here. Can anyone shed light on the technical test, the interview and particularly the simulator assessment?
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Old 12th Jul 2017, 13:06
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The Lost following the Lost. Sad.
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Old 17th Jul 2017, 21:40
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I will attend the interview in HK in August for the NTR A320 FO position. Any tips on the interview?
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 01:23
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"Most recent Captain..."
The adventure is just beginning....
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Old 20th Jul 2017, 11:27
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Originally Posted by a370 View Post
Most recent Captain to join was from Air Madagascar, with 2000 PIC. Ex lhs 737. Says its 5x more money $$ than he had before and he was promised A350 before 2019.

So whos feeling silly now ?

I don't understand the meaning of this post. Do you mean HKA are extremely smart for doing this? (No need to up the offer)

Does your above example confirm good recruitment tactics? and great candidates applying?
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Old 31st Jul 2017, 15:42
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Any inside news about the HKA cadet programme?
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Old 4th Aug 2017, 05:28
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Sign on bonus for locals

I hear that HKA are putting together a sign on bonus of $4-500k for locals with HK licence and current 330 rating. I wonder whose pilots that is aimed at?? A good idea to save big training costs, such candidates will be "sim and go", just what you need if planning rapid expansion and the introduction of the A50.
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Old 5th Aug 2017, 04:35
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Old 11th Aug 2017, 02:49
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Old 24th Oct 2017, 18:27
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Originally Posted by AngelW View Post
I will attend the interview in HK in August for the NTR A320 FO position. Any tips on the interview?
How was your interview? can you share tips?
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Old 3rd Dec 2017, 09:12
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Originally Posted by Onesixty2four View Post
Wow. Reading this just makes me feel soooooo happy about my current gig. Pay is good, easy lifestyle, relaxed 10 minute drive to work, tropical living, cheap col, big house paid for by the company, excellent crew, good people to work with, roster up to 6 weeks in advance. I could go on, but I'm on standby so need to head off to the gym (also provided by the company).
What company would that be?
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Old 3rd Dec 2017, 09:35
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Killaroo

Sorry pal. I donít agree with your comments here. Option C is offered to direct entry guys. Itís not limited to the senior guys.

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