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Joining Qatar Airways (QR) - all you need to know about it (threads merged)

Old 19th Jun 2012, 11:46
  #4961 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Europe
Posts: 1,484
Jibba Jabba,

Thank you for the update. That makes sense, although I have heard (no firsthand knowledge) that several 777 pilots have turned down the fleet transfer (unlike many Air India pilots who cannot wait to dump their 777s). Not sure if that is due to training bond issues, pay or they really love the 777 and it's route system. For example, I have heard some 777 pilots from South America want to remain on that fleet because it serves their home countries of Brasil and Argentina. So, I could imagine a scenario with an experienced widebody Boeing newhire could slip by I suppose. Who knows?

60 potential airframes is a lot of growth and a lot of new destinations or city pairs if the 777s stick to many of their current routes. With a new 787 arriving at QR every 3.5 weeks starting in 2013 (if Boeing can increase from current production levels as it claims) I would think it would be a highly desirable fleet for Qatari pilots so long as they can stomach the training bond. Not that the work level would improve much as all of the fleets work hard - but the 787 fleet should offer great growth potential.

I have also heard rumours that the 787 will be staffed by many current A320 pilots - is this still likely? Can anyone at QR who has "seniority" and fulfilled their training bond commitment bid/request the 787 or any other desired fleet? How does that process work in terms of allocating tenured pilots to different fleets? For example, if a tenured A320 FO wishes to move to the 787 or A330, can he just bid that fleet (assuming no training bond obligation remaining on the A320) and wait for an opening like they do at Western airlines or do pilots get assigned specific fleets based on need?


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Old 19th Jun 2012, 21:40
  #4962 (permalink)  
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: MainlandEurope
Posts: 112
Thumbs up hi

just encourage you waiting Guys ,heard about min 2 SO which had a offer of employment recieved last few days ....
things move now again I would say

Keep your Mind stron and Head up

Selection Doha:Jan2012
Good News May 2012
Offer of E.:end of May 2012
DOJ :open
FO 320 unrated
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Old 20th Jun 2012, 08:28
  #4963 (permalink)  
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: everywhere
Posts: 77
I hope it is true... that things are starting to move again...

Selection: Feb 2012
Good news: March 2012
Offer: TBA
Joining date: TBA
Fleet: TBA
Position: FTSO

I guess I need to be patient huh?
Cheers and c u all in DOH!

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Old 20th Jun 2012, 08:29
  #4964 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Edinburgh
Age: 40
Posts: 2

Can anyone who has already joined let me know what they did about a blood type certificate and passport photo's. I'm due to join from the UK at the beginning of August and on my paperwork it requests that I have both of these things. Did you wait until you arrived? The passport photo's (all 24 I think!) need to be on a blue background which isn't that easy to organise here in the UK. The blood type cert....Mmm no idea!

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Old 20th Jun 2012, 11:01
  #4965 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NW Europe
Posts: 19
Also still waiting.....

I attended end of april for second officer.....

Still awaiting any news from them.....have emailed no reply back etc.

turboprop co pilot total hrs 3300.

Gt an email two weeks ago asking about references from recruitment dept.....which sounded promising......but also had the same email one month prior to that asking the same thing from an admin position.

I emailed back of course also asking for a confirmation that they received it....nothing.

Frustrating but hopefully worth the wait.
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Old 20th Jun 2012, 15:31
  #4966 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Madrid
Posts: 11
FTSO Qatar recruitment.

Hi pruners.
I have some doubts I would appreciate somebody could solve.
I applied to the FTSO in the early April. Two weeks after my application i recieved an email telling me I should attach the Frozen ATPL certificate. I did it the next day in the attachment page in the application.
I have been waiting for news and today I entered in my application discovering that the proggram was requesting me to ask two questions I thought i had done. I have asked and submitted...
My question are:
1.could it mean that my application start again from today?( this is I have to wait as today were the beggining????)
2. How many time is people waiting from the application to the moment they are contacted for an assesment??
3.Does anybody know some email of the recruiters where i could ask the first question??
Many thanks
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Old 20th Jun 2012, 17:36
  #4967 (permalink)  
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: paris
Age: 37
Posts: 44
Hi everyone!

good news yesterday I received my offer of employement NTSO on A330.
I send them back the offer signed and now still waiting for the starting date. (hopefully soon..)
When I came to do the interview in October my ME IR was still valid but a month ago it expired. Do you know if I have to renew it or because I will do the training it will not be necessary?
Thanks for your answers!

applied : 20th July
Interview : 3rd October
Positive answer : 23th March
Offer : 19th Jun
Starting date : (soon hopefully...)
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Old 20th Jun 2012, 17:51
  #4968 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Edinburgh
Age: 40
Posts: 2

When your visa comes through you should get a list of documents that they want you to scan and send over. The list includes your licence, and medical. From what I remember your licence, IR and medical must be valid for 3-6 months from your date of joining. I'll check on the time frame but you definitely need them valid, probably for licence conversion.


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Old 20th Jun 2012, 21:32
  #4969 (permalink)  
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: 3rd planet
Age: 41
Posts: 107

can anyone tell me what areas in doha have a more western community . Im trying to search areas where i can rent a 2 bedroom apartment that has a foregin community .
And any ideas for long term car rental within the budget qatar gives for transportation allowance .

direct entry fo non type rated..
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 01:53
  #4970 (permalink)  
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Asia
Posts: 75

You sound so Frenchy dude, I bet you're....Western community area ........ If you thinking like that then you better stay where you are ... It's Doha dude, You have to say bye to isolation and ******, open your heart to the Arabs man

You can find everyone everywhere, 20 years in the region, never heard such a thing .....

Try westbay if you can afford it or Compounds in Al-Waad, Plenty of Foreigners like you sir...

You can rent (long term) a small budget car from 1600/Month such as Nissan sunny or Kia picanto... Find them behind the baby shop near Mannai Roundabout...

Good luck !

Last edited by Global01; 21st Jun 2012 at 02:13.
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 03:04
  #4971 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Europe
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***Two Good Websites with Qatar Information

First, good job Victor 75! Nice to hear there is some movement - and a good international fleet position on the A330.

Victor 75, if you are interested in A330-specific routes at Qatar, you can look at the following website link (click on Jettracker and select aircraft type of interest):

The Qatar Source - Qatar Airways Jet Tracker.

Click on the specific aircraft type and it will give the routes flown for that specific type (again, not sure how accurate or up-to-date). For A330, look at both the A330-200 and the A330-300. Same is true for other types including 777-200LR, 777-300, A320, A321, A319LR, A340-600, etc. This information (if accurate), should give you a good sense of potential layovers for your aircraft type.

The general website is called "The Qatar Source" and you can find similar websites for Emirates, the other large, growing UAE airline and others as well. These websites claim to be independent and impartial - not sure about how accurate they are but they do provide news/PR.

Another good website for salary and hiring information at Qatar and other airlines is the following:

Qatar Airways pilot jobs, payscales and entry requirements.

Looks like it was updated recently - again, not sure about accuracy. You can find other Middle East, European and Asian airlines listed with similar information on that website as well: www.ppjn.com

An interesting tidbit found on ppjn related to Qatar is a bit about rosters (sounds like someone's opinion):

A330: 6-8 Overnights a mth, 2-4 days off between flights. Good overnight pay. A320: You never see more than 2-3 days in a row. A300: Expect 4-8 flights max per month. A330 Roster has the best roster followed closely by B777.
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 17:43
  #4972 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: UK
Posts: 44
Received the offer of employment last month (yay).

Now the question, is it better/ easier to join the company already married or is it easy enough to sort out my future wifes resident permit, company travel etc in 6 months time?

Just to be clear she wouldn't be living in Doha unmarried (although i don't have a problem with that, I'm sure the relevant authorities might!)

Thanks to all in advance.
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 18:03
  #4973 (permalink)  
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Doha, Qatar
Age: 51
Posts: 429
I talked to a recruiter who works with Qatar, and seems he has some insight.
They said that Qatar was probably going to stop or slow recruitment for awhile and concentrate on dealing with those already in the pipeline. Would probably start recruiting again by end of the year.
However; Looks like they are still recruiting and interviewing to me so not sure if and or when this may change.

I also went to the website posted by "Iver" which was PPJN.com
Was just wondering if anyone had insight on the desciption under current situation wich said " Excess of Captains on all widebody fleets"
Has anybody been hired as DEC lately?
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 20:30
  #4974 (permalink)  
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: 3rd planet
Age: 41
Posts: 107
Fleet change

Hi i have been assigned the 320 when i join in Oct , I was wondering if anyone could tell me if the fleet assign would change when arriving there,. I`m happy to be on the 320 but I just wanted to know what the chances are of a fleet change .
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 22:31
  #4975 (permalink)  
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Asia
Posts: 75

i know a guy who was assigned for 320 ,couple of month later was changed for 330, its possible ..... Everything is possible

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Old 22nd Jun 2012, 11:38
  #4976 (permalink)  
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: everywhere!!
Posts: 14
@ all

Is there any assigned A330 FO who has received a DOJ the last couple of weeks?
Any info welcome...

Thank you all
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Old 22nd Jun 2012, 14:31
  #4977 (permalink)  
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Asia
Posts: 75

Congrats man !
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Old 22nd Jun 2012, 14:46
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Join Date: Jun 2006
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Posts: 61
Got the contract

A330 SO

Happy Days
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Old 22nd Jun 2012, 15:47
  #4979 (permalink)  
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: 3rd planet
Age: 41
Posts: 107
just wandering how SO are getting hired into 330?
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Old 22nd Jun 2012, 16:18
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Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: skies
Posts: 46
Well there have always been SOs on the 330, normal track ones, just now I have a feeling there will be more of them than before as the 320 has a backlog on training as it is.
Current 320 S/Os are on hold, CTC guys, etc.
I am ONLY assuming that the newer S/Os will be on the 330 though.

Congrats Hamid. Well deserved!
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