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Old 29th Jan 2015, 07:07
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I have mine scheduled in Feb in Cairo. Any idea what to expect? Is it even worth bothering? Thank you.
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 14:35
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Apparently at the latest interviews in Cairo, they interviewed 50 people and accepted NONE. Its just as well that they are not suffering from a pilot shortage
Well, at least a friend of mine is waiting for a visa to come to Jeddah to continue his assesment on the simulator and in the medical center. Also he said that some of his interview mates were already scheduled for a 777 class in February.
That's from December Cairo interview.
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 17:48
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...they interviewed 50 people and accepted NONE.
May be getting things abit mixed up there I think possibly.

Yes the failure rate is high, only 50% of those interviewed are passing stage 1 (Cairo) but first of all, the offers to attend Cairo assessments are heavily culled from ones initial application and CV/experience. Many are not offered the opportunity to start with. Cairo - Approx ten per day are assessed and interviewed over one or two days as time allows. There is simply not enough hours in the day for more. Interviews monthly and Course starts monthly also, all types.

There is a big demand for experienced crew globally now but SV's is not the huge (and ever increasing) amount that EK/EY & QR need now. As an example, EK have a 5% attrition currently as many head home to BA/Virgin/UA/AA/Delta etc or take up lesser contracts closer to home (VA/CA etc). QR have two new aircraft per month arriving and need >300 pilots this year. EK need only a lazy 400 to replace the resignations last year then another 300+ to alleviate current crewing issues plus new aircraft arriving. Well you can have a guess about EY and their needs too. Then there is Ethiopian, Turkish Delight, Vietnam, EVA, China Nth Sth East & West; Korea; EU summer contracts... and yes Saudia with their "hat in the ring" too.
People are simply moving to where the rostering is not fatiguing and Terms & Conditions are more favourable for themselves.

P.S. Skyworker : No, not with that attitude. (Amateurs need not apply!)

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Old 29th Jan 2015, 20:48
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Good stat. really you make me rethink my decisions
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 01:47
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Is working for Saudia commutable? with my hours I can only apply for A320 FO but if I were to get in and move to 777 in time would it be commutable to UK? or must you live their full time? whats the money like? I heard its big bucks
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 03:52
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Join Date: Oct 2008
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Hi all
Trying to apply on Saudia website , but it goes nowhere asking National ID which , obviously I don't have, what am I doing wrong?
Tks for the help
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 05:37
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Hi all, received email for march assesment, but after i told them the return ticket cost me 1100$ no reply from them .any one have the same experience?

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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 06:39
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Yes the email address is an airline address which you will be sending to your email.. It is legit, a commercial mailing address
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 23:12
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this is totally wrong.in the December assessment out of 14 ,11 were offered a job 10 of them accepted it
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Old 3rd Feb 2015, 00:26
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Are they accepting foreign F/O's for all fleets or just longhaul?
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Old 3rd Feb 2015, 14:37
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it depends on your experience .from a certain amount of hours and above you will be positioned on the wide bodies .If you are a bus driver its gonna be 330 if a Boeing driver then its the T7
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Old 3rd Feb 2015, 15:38
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Saudia non typerated first officer requirements

Greetings everyone.

Can someone help me with the requirements for the above position. Is it commutable from south Africa (JNB) or does one have to live in Saudi
Thanks in advance.
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Old 3rd Feb 2015, 19:05
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Not totally wrong info Alloha, just December was "a good vintage" ...the exception to the rule and showed a high standard.
Happy landings
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Old 6th Feb 2015, 12:31
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The selection is only a small part of the story, if selected you are then on probation until training is finished. Passing training seems to be around 50/50. The housing department were told last year that 140 were coming and to expect around 70 to stay.

It is not designed as a commuting contract, they provide housing according to family size and subsidise schooling. You can get a block of 5 days a month to go home though.
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Old 7th Feb 2015, 18:22
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F/O Upgrade

Does anyone know what the upgrade for foreign pilots is like?
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Old 7th Feb 2015, 19:44
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Does anyone know what the upgrade for foreign pilots is like?
Plan on never so that you won't be disappointed
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Old 9th Feb 2015, 05:04
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@geardown3green did you manage to get an answer about the application? I am having the sme problems any help anyone?
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Old 12th Feb 2015, 03:51
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@Scott
Got no news, still having the same problem , I wonder how the other Pilots managed to get trough it....
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Old 15th Feb 2015, 06:51
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Saudi interview dresscode

Dear gents,

I got invitation for next cairo interview, and coming from a hot country and used to lcc laid back company profile "shirt and jeans ", makes me thinking .wether a suit is required for the interview.or a nice pants shirt and tie is enough.
Appreciate for the help. Looking forward to move from lcc.

Happy landings,

Adwa001
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Old 15th Feb 2015, 22:30
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it is a national airline, not an lcc. Not wearing a suit is a sure way to stand out from the crowd. (not in a good way)
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