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West Atlantic

Old 10th Sep 2019, 09:35
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West Atlantic

Can anybody give me an idea on the salary including extra's like flight pay of a Captain on the B737. Thank you.
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Old 10th Sep 2019, 20:50
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Here are the basic details.
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Old 10th Sep 2019, 20:53
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An example of monthly gross pay with two day off payments. As most of the trips cross midnight day off payments usually come in pairs.
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 05:37
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Thank you TFE731, that is very helpful.
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 20:42
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What is the point of including day off payments. Just to make the salary looks better or are you expected to accept working on your off days?

WOWO is pretty good roster. But not sunday to saturday. In this case you never have a full weekend off.

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Old 12th Sep 2019, 08:05
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Originally Posted by SaulGoodman View Post
What is the point of including day off payments. Just to make the salary looks better or are you expected to accept working on your off days?

WOWO is pretty good roster. But not sunday to saturday. In this case you never have a full weekend off.
You are never expected to work any extra days but most people do. For me, if an extra Stanstead-Edinburgh-Stanstead is on offer I can leave my house at 20:00, be back home by 03:00 and be £900 (less tax) richer.

The weekend situation is much better than it looks. A lot of the duties don't start until early Monday morning while others finish late on Friday. Also if you volunteer to do a slip-shift you work Thursday to Wednesday.

When you take 7 days of leave you don't fly for 21 days. Week off, week leave, week off and you can do that three times in a year. Also being cargo not passenger leave during school summer holidays is not usually a problem.
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Old 12th Sep 2019, 10:54
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£4800 after tax is about the average monthly salary for a Captain. Weeks on are often not a full 7 days so weekends off are more common if thatís your thing. Lots of time off and often options to sell days off so if you prefer money over time then thatís a winner too.

For me having the ability to plan my life more than one month ahead for the first time in my career trumps earning more money elsewhere. Also the way the leave works means that I effectively have 12 weeks leave per year plus week on off, with that in mind the salary begins to look not too bad at all.
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Old 12th Sep 2019, 12:55
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Originally Posted by SaulGoodman View Post
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WOWO is pretty good roster. But not sunday to saturday. In this case you never have a full weekend off.
If you are an airline pilot, what is a 'weekend'??!! Many pilots that I know never have weekends off, especially during busy periods. The last two posters give the idea that the actual weekend situation is really quite good.
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Old 12th Sep 2019, 15:48
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Originally Posted by fredthedog View Post
£4800 after tax is about the average monthly salary for a Captain. Weeks on are often not a full 7 days so weekends off are more common if thatís your thing. Lots of time off and often options to sell days off so if you prefer money over time then thatís a winner too.

For me having the ability to plan my life more than one month ahead for the first time in my career trumps earning more money elsewhere. Also the way the leave works means that I effectively have 12 weeks leave per year plus week on off, with that in mind the salary begins to look not too bad at all.
That equates to 203 days off / leave a year?. And I suspect most Saturdays are "rest" days. Sounds like PT almost
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Old 13th Sep 2019, 09:42
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Originally Posted by SaulGoodman View Post
Thanks for the response.
One or two weekends at home per month is almost a necessity if you have a family so therefore my question. ...
So you are not an airline pilot then? Most airline pilots do not know what a weekend is. (Other than that those are the days that they are most likely to be rostered to fly!)
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Has anyone been hired by them recently?
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Yes they have and they still need pilots. There is an OCC taking place these days and there will be more. Same thing for ASL Ireland.
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Old 8th Oct 2019, 11:47
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Iím currently a captain here, but am leaving soon for reasons that are nothing to do with the company.

WOWO gives you basically a part time job with a salary not that far off the Airlines. When you are on a week on, you can generally assume youíll be with a decent crew mate staying in nice hotels. Getting holidays etc is as easy as just phoning up the relevant person once youíve booked online. Remember you essentially get 3 weeks off, for every week of holiday.

If big bucks are your thing, go elsewhere. If you want to enjoy that pension youíve been saving for a long time, come here. Compared to the charter airlines the levels of stress etc are significantly less.

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Old 11th Oct 2019, 16:45
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Hi,

does anyone have a rough guestimate how long it takes to get command in West Atlantic, if you join as a B737 F/O with previous command experience on CRJ?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12th Oct 2019, 09:28
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Originally Posted by limahotel View Post
Hi,

does anyone have a rough guestimate how long it takes to get command in West Atlantic, if you join as a B737 F/O with previous command experience on CRJ?

Thanks in advance.
Hi Limahotel,

Very hard to guestimate because it varies based on company expansion, prior experience, & performance. I joined as an FO with about 8000hr total and 5000hr in command of other jets. It took me 7 months from final line check as FO to final line check as Capt. However, I was lucky and the company was rapidly expanding at the time. At the moment I would guess the minimum is about a year.

Hope this helps.
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