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Old 6th Dec 2021, 11:59
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Congratulations SMARTLYNX for your counter-performance :
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SmartLynx rating page

Social Junk
I quote :
About SmartLynx: Latvian wet-lease specialist Smartlynx Airlines manages to fly relatively under the radar despite its more than questionable social practices.
A number of pilots are hired through a crewing agency based in Dubai, conveniently by-passing EU rules.
Finishing in the bottom 5 airlines in Europe when it comes to the Social Rating with an overall score of just 15, respondents also flag the low pay and little planning stability at SmartLynx.

TESTIMONIES:
“Contracted through an agency in Dubai to avoid European labour laws. Pay for a Captain is less than a cadet in other airlines and you can only get that if you work max hours. Opportunistic airline exploiting the suffering of unemployed aircrew in the current employment market. You could be away from home for 2 weeks and only do 3 flights.”

Pilots are self-employed on zero hours contract through an agency in Dubai to avoid European labour laws. Pilots are put on unpaid leave and then their rosters are changed to duties when they are needed.”"

Absolutely NO respects for its pilots, who get a miserable salary.
Not even a basic salary (gross, of course).
You get pay only if you fly, so many guys got a 2 months salary for the last 21 months.

Plus, the Airline just requested the pilots to sign a contract amendment (more disrepectful, of course) or they get fired. What's the point of having a contract if at the first bump it's changed...

Keep away from that company.
Far, far away.
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Old 8th Dec 2021, 15:03
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There is a significant dislike close to level of hate among crew towards management of the company. Stress level is very high due to concerns about financial stability among flight crew. Financially, you are not able to survive whole year without side job/extra job or winter job and this is applicable for both captains and first officers. Expect to be send from one base to another for short period of time and if you do not accept expect to be punished with unpaid leave. Contract include unlimited unpaid leave so you may end up having 0 hours and 0 euros in whole year.

You may expect full income only up to 4 or 5 months during 1 year. Which is 1,5-2 K for first officers and 4-4,5 K for captains (only if you have 10-15 days of active duty per month). Keep in mind this amount is before income tax, social security contribution and European health insurance. You are responsible paying those and if not you are taking the risk to be investigated by your residence country tax authority or country you are operating.

Rumours saying that management is very proud to find cheapest commercial pilots in Europe while they are exploiting vulnerable group of pilots.

Like Dukaster said;

Keep away from that company.
Far, far away.

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Old 30th Dec 2021, 09:17
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Just refused poor offer of SmalrtLynx

Just received an offer of the contract and it’s ridiculous.
Few days ago their CEO made a conference that they don’t have any debts anymore and they want to expand rapidly, as well to offer great contracts for their crews. Well… contract and company approach is just a joke.

Contract is with Dubai agency, that in real life is located in Vilnius. No chance for any EU contract. Agency is not able to answer simple questions about job conditions and contract itself looks like trash. They “guarantee” job for 7 months per year, rest can be unpaid leave. And this “guarantee” is not a part of the contract.

CPT can get 5000€ per 23 days, but when you’re at home for 5 free days, they will not pay you for days off, but put unpaid leave, even in summer period. This salary may happen only between April and October, other months you get unpaid leave, or if you work, salary is reduced by various amounts, like “ground fee” for sby or travel day. So you will be lucky to work in winter and get some money.

This unlimited unpaid leave is in fact a leash, cause even if they put you on forced holidays with no pay, they expect you to operate and be available whenever they need you, even on short notice. If not, they will reduce from your “holidays”, that, guess what, are unpaid as well.

So it’s nothing different than XXI century slavery.

Roster pattern doesn’t exist. Nothing mentioned in contract, company answers they they “will try” to plan 23 on/ 5 off, but absolutely no guarantee. I remember my friend working there, told that before was around 21/9 and was quite happy about, but now they don’t provide this.

Notice period, if you want to leave is 45 days, but if you resign within 4 months from the last training, you have to pay training bond, around 4000€.
All insurance, tax etc. is your responsibility, they give you absolutely nothing! ​​​​​And they expect you will pay insurance by yourself for all year long and prove it to them, even when they don’t pay you, cause you must be available to work all the time.

Right now they send people to Nigeria. My friend says hotel and general conditions there are bad. There is a high level of covid infections among crew, so they get reduced salary when they have to isolate themselves.

I decided to refuse their offer. I rather wait for my previous company, that at least give some social contributions and don’t expect me to show up at work immediately when they send me for few months of unpaid leave. Looks like they want to catch people asap, cause they know that any other offer that will show up next weeks will have a better condition.
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Old 2nd Jan 2022, 12:57
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Tortilla when you attended on assessment?
I applied almost a month ago for F/O position but nothing heard yet?
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Old 11th Jan 2022, 15:42
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On their careers (talent.sage.hr.) page, i see some positions for B737NG/MAX Technical, Performance Engineering and Chief Pilot?

Do they have plans to add Boeing's or change their fleet?
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Old 12th Jan 2022, 13:46
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Interview questions

Hi everyone, I just got an email for an online interview, it lasts 30 min and will be based on tech. Questions.
has anyone been through that step already? Any idea on what questions they ask?

Thank you for the feedback!
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Old 14th Jan 2022, 14:45
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Smart Lynx don't offer proper contracts, rosters or salaries. All through agencies. Some crew were with Mountain High Crawley in the U.K and were never paid correctly or final payments when they were let go.

As mentioned they are using a Dubai agency now for employment contracts. No benefits such as retirement etc.

They make money out of the type ratings and don't always offer employment at the end.

If they operate in the U.K this year, I am sure U.K immigration will be checking if the respective people have the required work status now Brexit has happened too.
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Old 14th Jan 2022, 17:50
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Originally Posted by Ricardo_vipe
Hi everyone, I just got an email for an online interview, it lasts 30 min and will be based on tech. Questions.
has anyone been through that step already? Any idea on what questions they ask?

Thank you for the feedback!
Are you a cadet or experienced? When did you apply?
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Old 14th Jan 2022, 18:25
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Interview questions

Originally Posted by Perseas
Are you a cadet or experienced? When did you apply?
Hi, I have around 4000h jet, o applied in December, mid I guess.
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Old 14th Jan 2022, 19:32
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LOWEST T&C ON THE MARKET.
No basic salary
Expect to be paid for about 150-200 days per year.
€220/day - €300/day
+€15/h
Pilot must pay for his own social security / health insurance and TAXES !

To the new CHIEF PILOT / TECHNICAL PILOT, Expect a total of €70.000 GROSS.

Smartlynx is using "MHC" / "MOUNTAIN HIGH CONSULTANTS" to do their dirty work.
"MHC" is also known as AIRBORNE / FRIST 2RESOURCE. Both being bottom feeder crew agencies.
"MHC" closed shop in the UK, after the fall of Primera, due to all the unpaid pilot salaries.
"MHC" and it's Icelandic Directors, just moved to Latvia, under a Maltese Umbrella Company Registration to continue their "business" practices.

Google link to MHC (UK)

CAVEAT EMPTOR

Don't come back here and moan

I DID WARN YOU
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Old 14th Jan 2022, 19:59
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Originally Posted by Ricardo_vipe
Hi, I have around 4000h jet, o applied in December, mid I guess.
With 4000h jet you can find a job anywhere you want mate. Anyway, thanks for the answer.
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Old 15th Jan 2022, 07:25
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Originally Posted by Ricardo_vipe
Hi everyone, I just got an email for an online interview, it lasts 30 min and will be based on tech. Questions.
has anyone been through that step already? Any idea on what questions they ask?

Thank you for the feedback!
Hi Ricardo,

I am in the same situation, I have got mine later next Friday so I will keep you posted if you are not done by then. Please do the same if you go through it before Friday.
good luck
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Old 19th Jan 2022, 16:05
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Originally Posted by whistling turtle
Well I guess you haven't worked in many airlines as I've seen it happen in more than one. It's not only specific to Smartlynx. There is a shortage of instructors everywhere..
I actually worked in Smartlynx a few years ago and I have friends still there so I suspect I am better informed about the situation there than you are. But you can take the information it or leave it, makes no difference to me.
Hi, they just gave my slot to another crew because I didn't reply on time. Please let me know when you do it, I don't seem to be able to receive private messages on my inbox, so if you don't mine replying through here I would appreciate.

Thanks and good luck
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Old 20th Jan 2022, 00:10
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Originally Posted by Ricardo_vipe
Hi everyone, I just got an email for an online interview, it lasts 30 min and will be based on tech. Questions.
has anyone been through that step already? Any idea on what questions they ask?

Thank you for the feedback!
HI Ricardo, would you min pm and sharing the questions you received in the interview?
Many thanks
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Old 23rd Jan 2022, 14:43
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Does anybody already have more information what to expect in the interview?
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Old 24th Jan 2022, 03:40
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Hi Ricardo, How did it go?
can you please give some feedback on the interview? How was it? What technical questions did they ask.
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Old 24th Jan 2022, 07:54
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Hi all,

The tech interview took around 35 minutes, it was a combination of HR and technical questions and then explaining some aspects of their ACMI operations. Both interviewers were kind. They first began presenting themselves and then asked me to do so. The HR questions were the typical ones regarding your behavior under stress/flying with someone you do not like/.... The tech part had the typical memory items questions, fuel figures.... with some numbers, alpha prot., then a couple of questions regarding CRM and behavior in the cockpit giving you some scenarios. All straight forward.
Best of luck!
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Old 1st Feb 2022, 13:06
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Hi all ,

Finished with online interview , you can not used me as a reference since I am quite experience and everything was easy going for both sides , So , I got a reply from FRIST 2RESOURCE (mentioned few post before ) about a contract starting 1/3/22 and they want me to send them a dozen o documents ( ....even more than that... ) with personal data BUT not a word about salary ...

What the story here ? If I send them all that and then decline the contract they will have all of my info..... and I don't want that .....
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Old 2nd Feb 2022, 13:00
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Originally Posted by Anivas
Hi all ,

Finished with online interview , you can not used me as a reference since I am quite experience and everything was easy going for both sides , So , I got a reply from FRIST 2RESOURCE (mentioned few post before ) about a contract starting 1/3/22 and they want me to send them a dozen o documents ( ....even more than that... ) with personal data BUT not a word about salary ...

What the story here ? If I send them all that and then decline the contract they will have all of my info..... and I don't want that .....

Nice !! Congratulations !! Is it a commuting contract ? Any update about salary ?
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Old 2nd Feb 2022, 13:22
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Originally Posted by Anivas
Hi all ,

Finished with online interview , you can not used me as a reference since I am quite experience and everything was easy going for both sides , So , I got a reply from FRIST 2RESOURCE (mentioned few post before ) about a contract starting 1/3/22 and they want me to send them a dozen o documents ( ....even more than that... ) with personal data BUT not a word about salary ...

What the story here ? If I send them all that and then decline the contract they will have all of my info..... and I don't want that .....
According to what i have heard:

you pay for all your docs and visas.
"Nice" contract in exciting Nigeria, being paid as you fly.

Avoid.
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