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Old 16th Jan 2018, 13:18
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Enough...done

Feb roster, 93 hours in 28 days, 8 days off, this on top of the 95-100 rosters for the past many months. Not one thing from the bidding system, no leave as per the bid...nothing.

There are at least 30 more reasons but it'll never change here...work till you die or get sick then be replaced.

That does it, resignation submitted. Time to live again.

I'll guess I'm the only one not feeling the love around here anymore!!
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 13:25
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That's a lot !!! 777 First officers are flying around 70 it seems.
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 13:29
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Originally Posted by The Outlaw View Post
That does it, resignation submitted. Time to live again.
Congratulations! I'm sure you'll find your quality of life much improved once you get out of that toxic country.
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 13:30
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are you serious Outlaw..have you done it?
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 13:36
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are you serious Outlaw..have you done it?
Yep. They are getting more than the 90 days notice but thats just to finish up the school year for the kids. June 27 will be the last day. Funny thing, I too was thinking of driving a train or metro but I think I'll take a few months off and enjoy the summer in the ol' country!
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 13:39
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Congratulations! I'm sure you'll find your quality of life much improved once you get out of that toxic country.
I feel like a ton has already been lifted off me. Its taken time to get this into my head of cement but..."this is only a job" (not even a good one anymore), I can't say "this is only a life". The two statements says it all.
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 13:56
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 14:08
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Congratulates to you. 👍
I’m sure you are doing the right thing.
As someone posted not long ago,
“if things where going to improve around here, they would have done so long ago”
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 15:42
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“ Sit under the sun abdicate and be your own king “
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 19:50
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a few years back people would congratulate you for joining emirates. These days they pity you, and congratulate when you resign. What a bizarre place this has become.
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 21:34
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Me too...my last roster will be march. I lost the faith long time ago, no improvement. And you can feel and hear it everyday...
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 23:08
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The Outlaw: Well done you!

For what it's worth, I too had an epiphany wherein I simply couldn't take it anymore (i.e. the airline and / or Dubai). In a career I loved and had worked hard for, I found myself hating going to work (in the sandpit)... and therein one day I handed in my resignation.

I'm pleased to report that I've now got back my aeronautical mojo and am having a blast; though it's admittedly been something of a rollercoaster ride... but what a ride, and I'm loving every minute of it.

Whilst I might occasionally miss the DXB money, I certainly do NOT miss the sandpit (and, that said, the money I get now ain't all that far off - in real terms - what I got in DXB... but the fun factor I'm having now is, well, go figure) !

Once you finally leave and get to kick that UAE sand from off the bottom of your shoes, you'll look back and probably wonder why on earth you ever stayed there so long and to what end ?!
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 23:21
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Outlaw,
Great to hear you’re escaping. I made my exit last summer. If you do leave at the end of the school year EK will deduct school fees from your final settlement. School fees are calculated on a 365 day basis from the start of the previous year. Leaving at the beginning of the summer can get expensive if you have more than 1 child in school. I sent the family home at the beginning of the summer and worked until September in order not to leave any $ behind. Best of luck.
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 23:40
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Congrats Outlaw,
your biggest regret will be that you didn't leave earlier, welcome to the real world again, life will be good.
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 00:41
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I can’t wait to add my name to the list Outlaw created.
I seriously doubt that this was ever “The Best Job in the World” but today it is pretty close to the bottom of the long haul operators. There are numerous other airlines that pay more and work you less to live in a descent country.
Who is going to stick around to shut off the lights?
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 01:58
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Welcome to the club Outlaw.

You will spend the rest of your working days floating along, knowing it's coming to an end. Every time you remember that you have pulled the pin, a smile will come to your face and you will immediately get a nice endorphin rush that soon you won't have to put up with any more of their sh!t.... however please be prepared that they will try to give you the death of a thousand paper cuts on your way out by way of the frustrating errands they so love to send one on.

They shafted me right up until the aircraft door closed, I actually cried when the wheels went up. Not because I was going to miss my friends, but because I was finally FREEEEEEEEEEEEEE

And yes it was very bizarre to be congratulated on my last flight for the fact that I was leaving! It's the standard reaction these days "I'm jealous"

best of luck for what comes next!
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 02:40
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All,

Thanks for the kind words, encouragement and insight. I actually wasn't aware that some of the names on here had already resigned! The one constant I have observed is that EVERYONE seems to say the same..."Why did I stay as long as I did". I suppose its a testimony to becoming a prisoner of a paycheck. I'm actually grateful to posters such as SOPS as well as others who post here, it makes one aware of how life can be on the outside - thanks!

I already feel that a big weight has been lifted. As for the death by 1000 paper cuts, well they do all that now and for useless reasons. At least these frustrating errands will now have a purpose!

One of my motivators was to get into another job before my age would become prohibitive. Again, there are about 29 more reasons but its all a personal choice. I hope everyone who aspires to move on to other things does so before its too late on a multitude of fronts.

Truth be known it feels nice to have hope and excitement back in my life, who knows what the next adventure will be!
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 03:17
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Originally Posted by Flyboy_SG View Post
That's a lot !!! 777 First officers are flying around 70 it seems.
Huh? More like 90!

Well done Outlaw, best of luck for whatever comes next. I am still stuck here for a while waiting for the bucket to fill, but it won't be too much longer......
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 06:14
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[QUOTE=sealear;10022042]Huh? More like 90!

Nope he’s right on......did the logbook for 2017 and averaged 72 hours.....taking into account my 42 days of leave
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 06:38
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Feel like I’m working too hard. 126 in Jan.
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