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

Old 7th Dec 2018, 12:46
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Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Split
Posts: 38
Originally Posted by Che Xindamail View Post


Crosswind limit is 15kt for all F/Os. No change with experience.
Thank you!
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Old 7th Dec 2018, 17:29
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Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: India
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Hi friends,
Any clue on the induction front for DEC Airbus 320 qualified pilots who are in the hold pool ? Will things get moving after A 350 vacancies have come up recently with QA. I did my assessment in Sept 18' and have been in hold pool since then. Any latest info or update on this front will be highly appreciated.
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 08:10
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Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: usa
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Appreciate it if my friends on the forum can be kind enough to share and provide feedback on the queries I made. Thank you. Good Luck to you all.
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 10:04
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Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Split
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I forgot to ask, how do you manage your family and social life in Europe or other places? How often can you go to Europe if you have direct flight to your hometown? I understand this is not commuting airline with 6/4 or 20/10 roster pattern but is it realistic to expect to go for 5 days each month home?
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 10:50
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Join Date: Dec 2004
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Originally Posted by jadrolinija View Post
I forgot to ask, how do you manage your family and social life in Europe or other places? How often can you go to Europe if you have direct flight to your hometown? I understand this is not commuting airline with 6/4 or 20/10 roster pattern but is it realistic to expect to go for 5 days each month home?
Every pilot gets a guaranteed four days off in a row per month. You can request up to six in a row and luck will decide if you get them. If you happen to fly the aircraft type that operates to your hometown you can probably expect one or two layovers every month at home as well. Learn the tricks of the bidding system. We don’t yet fly to Split, but in your case, if you are on 320, we fly to Zagreb, Sarajevo and Belgrade. Hope that helps.

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Old 8th Dec 2018, 11:04
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You can also use the leave system to maximize your time at home. Effectively you can get seven blocks of seven days leave (one day off is added to each six days of leave). Spread them throughout the year and you will have a block of four days off plus a seven day leave block (but not together) for seven months of the year. For the remaining five months you have only the block of days off. So traveling back to Europe regularly is doable, but not ideal. Hope that helps.
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 11:19
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Join Date: Apr 2016
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Originally Posted by Che Xindamail View Post
You can also use the leave system to maximize your time at home. Effectively you can get seven blocks of seven days leave (one day off is added to each six days of leave). Spread them throughout the year and you will have a block of four days off plus a seven day leave block (but not together) for seven months of the year. For the remaining five months you have only the block of days off. So traveling back to Europe regularly is doable, but not ideal. Hope that helps.
Thank you my friend a lot for your effort and explanation! I really appreciate it!
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 14:33
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Join Date: May 2016
Location: Mediterranean
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Originally Posted by 737driverUS View Post
Good day fellow aviators,

New on this forum thing and would like to get some feedback. I have been scrolling through previous posts but since its a huge forum, excuse me for asking questions you might have seen.

I am from the US and currently flying for a airline here on the Boeing 737. I am coming close to meeting the requirements of various carriers in the Middle East and Qatar is one of them for sure. I know with the pilot shortage worldwide, I can perhaps walk into a legacy airline here in the US in the future but since I hail from the sandpit originally, I would love to fly back closer to home and culture that I have my roots from, so therefore, flying for a carrier in the ME is my first priority.

I did see on the forum for Qatar that currently they are recruiting for TR Boeing First Officers, i am flying all series of the Boeing right now however bulk of my time is on the classic 737. Since they specifically stated they require NG time, can I still apply for the TR or my best bet would be just to wait for the NTR window to open and apply as a NTR candidate as I have the 1000hr jet time requirement made.

Also, how is the training structure in Qatar Airways, i have heard some stories about other carriers in the GULF so would like for someone to elaborate more on that, and secondly how to prep for their interview process and what prep programs others have used in the past.

Lastly, how is the medical process in Qatar, are they picky like they are in UAE. The reason I ask is, I had a friend of mine who went to EK and they gave him a hard time about his weight, even though he was perfectly healthy and in good shape as he worked out, they follow the BMI number more there and his BMI was high and cause of that it took him about 3 months of medical tests/screening to clear him.

Honestly i thought it was a money making spree but, yes these are some of the questions I have in mind, before I apply at Qatar. Feel free to inbox me and I look forward to all of your feedback. Good luck to all in everything they desire to do. Cheers.

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You can always try and see if they accept the hours.

Training is quite good. Organized, straight forward and done according to the book.

The medical is quite straightforward as well, certain areas are under extra scrutiny though such as previous contagious infections (Tuberculosis etc) where they are very picky.
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 14:49
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Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Oxford
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Guys, I got a start date for March. How long does it take for the “offer” letter. Already 4 weeks waiting
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 15:20
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Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Europe
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Any clue on the induction front for DEC Airbus 320 qualified pilots who are in the hold pool ?
I have the same question. If someaone have any input it would be very welcome.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 05:42
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Join Date: Dec 2018
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What is your opinion about the blockade? Will it affect growth potential of ordered aircrafts?
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 10:18
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Join Date: Aug 2016
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Aircraft, no S. The blockade has been in effect for a long time now and they have not stopped expanding. It has clearly not worked and it wouldn’t surprise me if Saudi and the other nations reduce their demands or lift it altogether.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 10:59
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Join Date: May 2016
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Originally Posted by vector220900 View Post
What is your opinion about the blockade? Will it affect growth potential of ordered aircrafts?
In my opinion they've managed to tackle it quite well. Regarding the future, one can only speculate but it's obvious that it incurs significantly increased costs.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 11:02
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Join Date: May 2016
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Originally Posted by EDDO View Post
Ask some B737 captains that are in the pool since January/February 2017 (yes nearly 2 years indeed)
Lots of guys getting dates of joining for next year. They seem to give priority to internal upgrades and wide body experienced captains hence the wait.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 14:01
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Join Date: May 2016
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Originally Posted by EDDO View Post

They should make that clear immediately instead of thinking that everyone will wait years to work for them. Anyway, common sense in those parts of the world..
If they had their crystal ball handy back then predicting the blockade and trouble increasing training capacity they probably would.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 14:56
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Join Date: May 2016
Location: Mediterranean
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Originally Posted by EDDO View Post

What I mean is that you should empty the pool according date of entry. Off course its different when you can get 777/787 rated cpts. But they also bypass 737 cpts for 767/747 rated cpts. I was not aware that with a 767 or 747 rating you can do a shortened 787/777 rating... Besides this it would be polite to advise the people that pass your “assessment” that you are second choice as heavy rated cpts will go in front of you.
We don't know according to what they give their date of joining as you are graded during the assesment and it makes sense to give priority to people who pass with flying colors rather than barely minimum guys who might cause troubles down the line. But I agree on that communication can be better at times.
Taking pilots with previous experience on similar types reduces resources needed for training, time to get on line and usually less problems due to difficulties adapting to the environment hence them being the preferred candidates when capacity is limited. The 737 DEC on 787 is a quick fix which typically only is used when other means aren't enough.
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Old 18th Dec 2018, 09:23
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Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Russia
Posts: 38
Hello,
Does anyone know is it worth to buy an airline prep. software for QR assessment or there are some more useful softwares?
Thank you.
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Old 18th Dec 2018, 11:29
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Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: oxford
Posts: 48
Any news regards A320 DEC - I was told there might be some courses in April. Can't get a reply from HR . Anyone been offered a start date ?
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Old 18th Dec 2018, 12:03
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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Doha
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Originally Posted by bill b View Post
Any news regards A320 DEC - I was told there might be some courses in April. Can't get a reply from HR . Anyone been offered a start date ?
How long have you been waiting Bill? I have some friends interviewing in the upcoming months for DEC A also. Thanks.

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Old 18th Dec 2018, 18:12
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Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Europe
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Any news regards A320 DEC - I was told there might be some courses in April. Can't get a reply from HR . Anyone been offered a start date ?
Been waiting for 5 months now. It would be great if things start to move again.
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