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Old 2nd Oct 2017, 08:38
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Jetstar Rosters/Lifestyle?

Interested to hear from the Jetstar FO's particulary those based in Sydney as to what there rosters are like? I'm currently at QLink and am interested in Jetstar (Sydney base) and have heard (like most airlines) Jetstar guys working hard up to 1000 hours a year.

We do some decent days at QLink as well and was wondering if a few guys/gals could give me an idea of what a typical roster looks like - a typical day, how many overnights, reserve days etc and what the overall vibe is like with the crew working there.

Thanks in advance...
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Old 2nd Oct 2017, 10:11
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This would be a better option and they are hiring right now for exactly what you are after.

https://tigerair.com.au/corporate/careers
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Old 2nd Oct 2017, 11:13
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"Contracts will be for a minimum term of (10) months. At the completion of the contract, it may be possible to gain permanent employment with Tigerair"

Sounds like a stella opportunity.
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Old 2nd Oct 2017, 11:19
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I don't want to leave the Qantas Group - they've got good benefits and I get to retain my staff travel priority and long service leave still remains etc etc

Not interested in working for someone that tells me after a short time that I cannot be extended. I don't know many people that would be interested in that.
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Old 2nd Oct 2017, 11:50
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JQ or Tiger? Is it even a choice

Qantas staff travel and alliances
Higher salary
Higher allowances
Higher overtime rate
Higher Day off payments
Higher bonus structure
Company paid A320 Endorsement
Higher annual increases inbuilt into the EBA
Allowance for IPAD usage and updates
Overtime credits for sim/paxing amd ground training another words you get paid for this
More sick leave
Pilot sick leave pool
company pays for uniform and airport parking as for TT?
Better rosters, relatively stable with the ability to request guaranteed days off through out the year.
Ability to go flexi part time
Better A/C and on board equipment- RNPs CAT 111 etc
Ability to work in a number of bases
Ability to fly 787
IPADs for JEPP/ all FCOms etc vs manual load/ flight plan
Company making lots of money and expanding with plenty of opportunities JQ Aus has 72 planes
Options to take a early command in Vietnam, or LWOP in Japan etc..
Better C&T /sims etc..
Better support from OPS
JQ can actually operates services to bali and other international destinations
Wide variety of destinations

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Old 2nd Oct 2017, 12:04
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Requestflyby - can you or anyone else post a typical monthly roster for me by any chance?
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Old 2nd Oct 2017, 12:34
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Company making lots of money and expanding with plenty of opportunities almost 100 planes
How was the Kool-aid?
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Old 3rd Oct 2017, 07:41
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A typical monthly roster in any base in any airline won't be typical from one year to the next. Eighteen months ago your typical roster for an F/O was high hours and very little time off. Now the F/O's hours are less but they are still being sent to NZ for 5 days at a time. As someone once told me, the Jetstar lifestyle equation is time or money = lifestyle.
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Old 13th Nov 2017, 00:06
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You are asking yourself the wrong question. If you want to base a move from regional to jets just on the rostering then your focus is too narrow. Ask yourself what you want to be doing in 10 years time then 20 years time. You just can't decide on a whim that you are going to move on to the next step as that next step may not be available. At Jetstar they have recruited pilots from Rex who were happy to stay there until management upended there lifestyles. A lot of these pilots had over 10 years service with Rex. Imagine if they had made the move to jets 10 years ago. If you want to fly jets then just apply and sort out basing and rostering issues later.
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Old 13th Nov 2017, 01:26
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Brucelee,

I used to work for Qlink albeit on the dash and I can tell you, to stay with a regional of that sort, although I enjoyed my time there very much, would be very unwise move. For all the reasons outlined above.

Jetstar's most significant issue would be rostering but there is progress being made slowly but surely and the problems that exist here could not easily be argued to worse than QantasLink for example.

Come on over if you can, it's a great place to work, rostering issues aside.
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Old 4th Dec 2017, 21:27
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All of the new start pilots are being made full time at the moment. Flexi line is basically 75% of base pay for 75% base hours with a block of 7 days off every month and no standbys. Overtime rate and workday off payments are the same as full time pilots.
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Old 4th Dec 2017, 23:03
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brucelee- have you put your application in yet? If you have, all the best with the process. If you haven't then you may be close to getting the window of opportunity slamming on your fingers. Jetstar have been running cadet courses and the first of those will be doing their type ratings towards the end of 2018. It can take up to 6 months just to get an application to the final interview stage. If you haven't applied yet any issues over FL and rostering may be irrelevant. As the saying goes, time and tide wait for no man.
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Old 5th Dec 2017, 07:58
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Anyone kind enough to give an estimation on how long one would wait before being able to successfully bid for a base transfer from Melbourne? Interested in Cairns in particular.
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Old 6th Dec 2017, 22:47
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A long time. F/O's in CNS are usually there out of choice so do not tend to bid out of there very often.
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Old 8th Dec 2017, 03:03
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Is 6 months the norm from application to final interview stage (Realising that it varies based on a bunch of factors)? Also heard you can only apply to one QF group airline at a time....is this so?
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Old 8th Dec 2017, 21:10
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Typical roster for Sydney:
- 12 to 13 days OFF per month
- 13 days ON per month
- 3 to 4 Standbys per month

Likelihood of being called in on a Standby day is higher than many other bases.

Likelihood of being called and offered work day off payments also higher than many other base.

Of the 13 rostered dayís on, expect roughly 9 to 10 of those to be 4 sector days, with an average rostered length of 8.5 to 9.5 hours.
Eg SYD-MEL-SYD-YBCG-SYD

However, given most of the shifts will find you flying into places like Brisbane and Melbourne, factor in fat for delays as well as the fantastic Sydney commute to the Blue Emu car park to wait for a Blue Emu bus - typically you can find yourself getting Home 12 hours from when you left your garage.

Personally, I felt Sydney had a use by date. You will feel burnt out yet youíll also feel obligated to accept work day off payments to help pay the million dollar mortgage.

I packed my bags and went to a lifestyle base and havenít looked back. If you are desperate to stay in Sydney then itís doable until you can get on the 787, but current wait is 5 years to transfer to right seat.

Itís a great job guys, but unfortunately Sydney sucks the fun out of it. But right now that goes for pretty much every airline operating out of that airport.

Good luck
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Old 8th Dec 2017, 21:13
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Konyagi last 2 transfers to CNS on seniority list joined in May/June this year
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Old 3rd Jan 2018, 23:54
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Good afternoon guys and gals,

What are the chance of getting employed directly into the Gold Coast base?
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Old 4th Jan 2018, 00:30
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Originally Posted by Hold_Short View Post
Good afternoon guys and gals,

What are the chance of getting employed directly into the Gold Coast base?
Somewhere between zero and 0.
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Old 4th Jan 2018, 08:58
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Well that's come at no surprise. 😂

What is the current wait time for a base transfer knowing full well the market changes daily?
How many crew are based there?
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