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BA LHR Recruitment OPEN!

Old 3rd Oct 2018, 19:13
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BA LHR Recruitment OPEN!

HEATHROW direct entry open again lads. Rumour is from the BA thread if you’re willing to accept a LGW base you could have short haul COMMAND within a year! Good luck all!


p.s. A350’s arriving soon....
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 21:14
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Yes. Chat with a mate inside the training management confirms a massive recruitment next year too. The numbers are high enough to allow the under 12 month command path they did in 2015-16.
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Old 7th Oct 2018, 09:47
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"Willing to accept" may not impress the selectors. Raised on the South Coast, took me a decade to get back to glorious Gatportairwick. Tons better than hideous Thiefrow and, blimey, a whole year to wait for a BA Command! Facing 20 years to a BA Command, I left. How things and attitudes have changed !
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Old 7th Oct 2018, 14:07
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Slow jet.......What!
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Old 7th Oct 2018, 17:48
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Yes, but it’s better to live in HKG... Pure air, first class labour laws, perfect medical cover, sickness policy that is faultless, lots of money each month for housing (studio flat). Oh, almost forgot... command in as little as 16 years.
But, you do have to pay for your own parking at the company building. Hard to leave such a haven...
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Old 8th Oct 2018, 02:04
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Long term I know, but anyone under 30 joining CX/KA today also has the uncertainty of 2047 to look forward to.
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Old 8th Oct 2018, 02:22
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Spoke to friend at BA (in C and T). I had doubts as to the claim that you could attain a short haul command in a year. Well, turns out that is not only possible, but likely if you elect to operate out of LGW. A win/win (a real one, unlike all the supposed ones here at CX!), as you get a quick BA command, and get to live in a nicer part of the country. Of course, you could waste away the years here in CX, being told lies and being abused each week. Tough choice...
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Old 8th Oct 2018, 02:29
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We are collectively suffering from Beaten Pilot Syndrome or BPS.
Time to go, our new motto 😊
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Old 8th Oct 2018, 06:43
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It's simple, go in to the interview without any expectations that they really care about your experience. Just be positive about the company, that you are happy to fit in wherever BA best needs you, and that you are committed to being a positive contribution towards the company and it's future. Not that hard. At least BA will actually provide a future, unlike what is now plainly evident here in HK with CX.
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Old 8th Oct 2018, 09:30
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I think the main thing is that they don't focus on tech knowledge like Cathay, the questions are more give us an example of a time you etc. The sim profile is also very different to CX in that they're not looking for a one man band Chuck Yeager show, it's more the rate of improvement through the session and most importantly how you work with the other pilot. As long as you have the experience and qualities they're after; they don't care if you're from Cathay or Air Astana, once you're on the line there is a definite BA way of doing things.

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Old 8th Oct 2018, 09:52
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Well, at least those that are successful will be proud to wear their uniform again. Good luck to all that apply, smart move and will prove to be the smartest decision you'll have made. CX is dead (just read the latest DFO letter if you doubt me).
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Old 8th Oct 2018, 15:52
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Having left CX and gone through the BA process and now online for some time (777) I can tell you it is definitely worth the effort to change, very relaxed atmosphere and enjoyable trips.
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Old 10th Oct 2018, 00:11
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Best thing about BA is the part time roster. No one wants the short haul command, minimum days off and hard work, so no one’s bidding for it. Nice to think the shiny jet LHS syndrome at CX has guys racing to BA for something no one else wants . Makes you wonder if they offered KA LHS to CX Crew how many thousands would jump at it.
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Old 10th Oct 2018, 01:57
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MC, the hilarity with your comments continues I see. Firstly, your logic is skewed (as usual). Regardless of the "facts" pertaining to BA short haul, you seem to miss the main point: even an "unpopular" option at BA (or anywhere else) is better than any option at CX. Congrats to you and your colleagues for accomplishing that feat of management magnificence. As to CX pilots "jumping" at a KA Command....sure, just until they have enough Command hours to bugger off somewhere else. Oh, and back to BA short haul. If a former CX pilot is living in leafy southern England, family in a good school and wife happier with her home and surroundings...I think going to work will prove very satisfying, something wholly lacking at CX. Thanks for my "morning coffee". Always good to have a bit of a laugh in the morning.
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Old 10th Oct 2018, 03:07
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Love the idea “let’s pop accross to KA for a command imagine the howls of indignation if a KA bod was so presumptuous to even suggest the reverse 😂
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Old 10th Oct 2018, 03:58
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Love the idea “let’s pop accross to KA for a command imagine the howls of indignation if a KA bod was so presumptuous to even suggest the reverse 😂
It is about the only thing MC may have got right recently. I can see a common seniority coming on 1st Dec along with POS 2018. CX FOs will then be able to bid for what to them would be an early command at KA on the minibus. The 330 will become a common KA/CX fleet, very easy now the procedures are converging as generic Airbus. There is already a Group training position filled by the ex CTC from KA. It gets neatly around some aspects of the TB and there will be some economies of scale alongside the redundant duplication of managers that can then be culled.
It would also explain why the repainting of Dragonair aircraft to CD colors has been stopped, no point when they are going back to Green.
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Old 10th Oct 2018, 04:25
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A thread drift about how broken the fleet transfer system is and how career progression is to be compromised even more should help with the BA application numbers anyway.
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Old 10th Oct 2018, 11:43
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M.Mole you really have absolutely no idea about BA and it’s rostering for short haul. Given the choice I would suggest guys have a look at the roster before getting all weepy about a shorthaul command. There’s been a lock in for guys staying on the short haul fleet and they’ll all be jumping ship to widebodies as soon as they can. Downside to this is if you join the 777 you’re going to have numbers jumping in ahead of you and a crap roster at the bottom for years to come.

If you think that’s better than CX then so be it.

Please put in the effort for the interview, large number of guys underprepared from this neck of the woods.
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Old 10th Oct 2018, 12:52
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....oh, this should be good 😎
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Old 10th Oct 2018, 14:07
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The point MC is “choice.” I’ve a mate at BA in the left seat 320 and loves it. Some like SH, some prefer LH & a Pilot can bid iaw seniority in a transparent manner. At CX if you’re fed an upgrade on the 747 you’re stuck there for the rest of your life, as you know!
CX occasionally talk about seniority based fleet change but will never relinquish control to a transparent computer based system, which is why most pilots upgrading on the 747 already have their home license updated and an escape plan in their pocket.
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