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Old 26th Dec 2020, 14:07
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Don't forget the humiliation of a 777 captain lowering himself to a 320 . 😂 Can hear it now " this is the way we did it on the 777 " " this thing is a piece of s ..."
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Old 26th Dec 2020, 15:53
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Well, several of my 777 colleagues haven't flown since February...so i'm guessing a 320 would be a refreshing change. "Change" is the word of the year i'm afraid, and most of us are having to deal with that. At this point in the game, i'd volunteer for any new rating that was offered. In particular, a 320 rating would at least open many more doors around the world than just about any other type would. Best to focus on the silver lining in every cloud...
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Old 26th Dec 2020, 23:14
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Don't knock the A320, no jet lag and more nights at home in your own bed. You work a bit harder but the fatigue goes away after a good night's sleep. Plenty of take offs and landings for those who still enjoy actually flying an aircraft. And it's a very useful type rating if you need to move on.
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Old 27th Dec 2020, 01:22
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My guess is the 320 courses will be assigned not volunteered for. A normal CCQ was always 330/320 so I would say any non current Airbus guys first then a handful of B777 JFO or SO's waiting for upgrade. I also agree the A320 would be a nice little ticket to move on with
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Old 27th Dec 2020, 02:20
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No chance

swh, I agree that there is no chance of any KA pilots being taken on next year but until some are taken back there is little chance of any work visa extensions longer than three months being given to non PR pilots. CX will be happy to let this happen as there are still far too many pilots. As these will mainly be juniors forced to leave then we may see CNs downgraded to FO too.
Rumours of LA base about to be given bad news and I donít give the other bases much future either.
As for accepting KAs fate and leaving HK and going home KA had a high percentage of locals for whom HK is home. They are going nowhere and will continue to lobby Immigration.
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Old 27th Dec 2020, 02:57
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Originally Posted by BubbaJ View Post
I also agree the A320 would be a nice little ticket to move on with
To get the 1000 to 1500 hours on type will take years, if operations not starting until late next year?

So I think you are correct, the A321 will be a "nice little ticket to move on with". Although whatever you figure you've gained, will be earned in a gruelling manner by what folks at CX may be used to. Having flown both wide bodies and narrow bodies for KA, the operational stress is not comparable with the 320 being veritable hard work even for the highly experienced. This, the new COS and heavy China operations, will drain many. Especially if the 321 is looked upon as a professional purgatory and flown with an arrogant mindset. On the latter, with higher sector numbers, error rates manifest and the latent pressure from a blame culture in China are taxing. KA managers were experienced at protecting crews when erring in China and SOP philosophy was more adaptable and hence, naturally defensive. This based on what we saw when loaned a CX Chief Pilot to introduce CX SOP's into KA.

So in light of all this, I can not fathom an independently wealthy CX pilot, enduring the required years, to gain the required experience to be meaningful elsewhere? Unless you keenly identify with being a CX pilot or are an avid enthusiast.
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Old 27th Dec 2020, 03:26
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Originally Posted by swh View Post
Everyone is well aware of what you have been through, and it seems some just havenít moved on, first you the denial, then anger, some are still in this bargaining stage, next depression will follow, and finally acceptance.when you actually pack up and leave hKG.
Really swh? Are you truly aware of what some of the KA guys have gone through? Because I think if you have, you may be a little kinder. Some haven't even been paid!

You aren't an EAP counsellor. The grief timeline isn't regimented or linear. It jumps about. Especially under the circumstances faced by many former KA staff. Sure, senior KA guys, fed up and with sound finances, probably sit more on some sort of relief like process versus the trauma of colleagues less well positioned.

I'd invite CX guys with KA pilot friends to ask the uncomfortable questions about the termination process they faced. We are fortunate as a group and have tended to stick together and help each other navigate the process and the DPA Committee has been admirable in their efforts. I can not imagine what some CX pilots may face under COS 18 if this disaster drags on. I just recommend being kind.
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Old 27th Dec 2020, 14:18
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What makes you think others have not worked for airlines that have closed their doors in the past ?
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Old 27th Dec 2020, 15:48
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well because it wasn’t during a pandemic.
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Old 27th Dec 2020, 15:50
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All SWH is stating is the phases people go through . It's a harsh reality and some deal with it better than some . One could see very good examples by reading the QR/EK/EY threads .
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Old 27th Dec 2020, 16:06
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I highly recommend reading "Who Moved my Cheese" by Spencer Johnson. One of the best books on how to deal with change.
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Old 27th Dec 2020, 17:50
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Originally Posted by claraball View Post
theduke320

At your airline did she publicly criticise her captains and tell the media how sometimes she keeps them out of trouble? She's exactly CX material. I don't mean that in a good way. One of my regrets is that I never got to be her captain so I could tell her to put her camera away and do her job. If you have any other opinions let me know so I can do exactly the opposite.
She did what??? I always got the impression that she was down to earth. This is a shame if true.
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Old 27th Dec 2020, 17:55
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Down to earth? She's an IG superstar mate. Do a search for her SCMP interview when she was 5 minutes with CX. No room for that BS in the cockpit but if pilots objected they were threatened by management. She's a real special one that one.

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Old 27th Dec 2020, 22:55
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I'm unable to read the full SCMP article without a paid subscription, but I'll take your word for it. It sounds like she has quite an entitled and superior attitude. I absolutely despise flying with those types as well. Has she really publicly spoken out about having to save her Captains from themselves?

If so, wow.
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Old 28th Dec 2020, 00:19
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She needs to have her wings clipped and kicked to the curb. She’s a woke moron. I’d hate to have that wretched skag sitting next to me.
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Old 28th Dec 2020, 01:02
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Sheís a long way off the seven so Immigration will sort her out in due course.
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Old 28th Dec 2020, 01:58
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What's so bad about her on the flight deck? Is she one of those instapilots who is so consumed by the need to capture good "content" that she neglects her basic duties?

Or does she just nitpick and call "airspeed" when the PF is 1 knot slow but the trend vector is positive?
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Old 28th Dec 2020, 05:19
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Originally Posted by swh View Post
What makes you think others have not worked for airlines that have closed their doors in the past ?
That comes over a little smug though I'm hoping more ignorance. Otherwise, did you tell your 49er mates to harden up?

The percentage of KA pilots who have, as you've suggested, worked for failed airlines is very high. Pandemic aside, leaving no professional opportunities, difficult markets and difficult repatriation- without breaching non-disclosure agreements, the off-boarding process has been challenging. That's why I invited CX pilots to chat their KA mates and have a very frank conversation about the process. Although I hope it is, this may not be over by a long shot. The new contract will give no breathing space for many pilots and their families, if what's left of the formal off-boarding procedure, is bungled by stretched resources. Your union must be onto this? Talking to the DPAC at a minimum for a heads up? Any further assistance that the CX Group may wish to receive from the Government, is this time around likely to involve more formal protections of local labour. Further redundancies may well be on the cards.

KA pilots were well prepared for the most part, to take this on the chin. The process has been made needlessly stressful beyond most airline collapses and with that there's a pandemic. Sprouting a distorted version of the "Death & Dying" grief cycle or a recommendation to read "Who Moved My Cheese" would seem more than obnoxious. Who knows how many CX pilots may be facing similar in 2021 and without their COS offering as much as what KA pilots received? Again I'd suggest to be a bit kinder.
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Old 28th Dec 2020, 14:52
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Who knows how many CX pilots may be facing similar in 2021 and without their COS offering as much as what KA pilots received?.
The reality is CX will not exist unless things pickup.
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Old 28th Dec 2020, 17:14
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Publicly naming and bitching about a colleague on an anonymous forum AND wishing for her to lose the job.

Respect ladies, a new all-time low just in time for christmas👍

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