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Forum: Middle East
19th Jul 2019, 16:33
Replies: 37
Views: 25,513
Posted By BigGeordie

Harry may well be right and as he says, nobody...

Harry may well be right and as he says, nobody really knows. I would add that the 380 fleet will start shrinking after 2021, partly offset by the delivery of 330neo/350 but who knows how many of...
Forum: Middle East
19th Jul 2019, 06:39
Replies: 37
Views: 25,513
Posted By BigGeordie

Adam is probably about right. No expansion on the...

Adam is probably about right. No expansion on the 777 for the foreseeable future but plenty of people leaving. 7-10 sounds about right. The days of fast commands in less than 5 years are well and...
Forum: Middle East
10th Jul 2019, 11:15
Replies: 53
Views: 34,347
Posted By BigGeordie

The most sensible thing Aminghigh has ever...

The most sensible thing Aminghigh has ever written. Tragic, as it used to be a job you wanted to keep until you had to retire.
Forum: Middle East
9th Jul 2019, 06:26
Replies: 53
Views: 34,347
Posted By BigGeordie

EK are supposed to be compensating us for living...

EK are supposed to be compensating us for living away from home in a climate that is really only fit for camels. Do not underestimate the costs and stresses of being thousands fo miles away from...
18th Jun 2019, 17:33
Replies: 92
Views: 92,504
Posted By BigGeordie

Senior Bods have not control at EK. We do not...

Senior Bods have not control at EK. We do not have a bidding system, we have a "roster optimisation system". Optimised for the company that is, not the crew.

BA vs. EK? I can't believe anybody...
Forum: Middle East
13th Jun 2019, 06:35
Replies: 10
Views: 5,590
Posted By BigGeordie

Adam Barfy, No it isn't just you. The whole...

Adam Barfy, No it isn't just you. The whole thing is turning from what should have been a promising mutual assistance scheme into a farce. Like you, I'm looking at alternatives.
Forum: Middle East
22nd May 2019, 09:17
Replies: 4,835
Views: 2,643,443
Posted By BigGeordie

Macarto, if you are thinking of renting a crash...

Macarto, if you are thinking of renting a crash pad in Dubai and commuting then forget it. The company will do everything it can to stop you and the rosters make it impossible.
Forum: Middle East
16th May 2019, 08:35
Replies: 30
Views: 25,258
Posted By BigGeordie

That is exactly what they want. 2,000 hour first...

That is exactly what they want. 2,000 hour first officers are cheaper and tend to do what they are told. As far as our enlightened management are concerned an ATPL is an ATPL so why pay more?
Forum: Middle East
15th May 2019, 17:05
Replies: 29
Views: 16,860
Posted By BigGeordie

Another thing to consider. How many times has...

Another thing to consider. How many times has your company given you a pay rise in the last, say, 4 years?
Forum: Middle East
13th May 2019, 09:33
Replies: 13
Views: 4,362
Posted By BigGeordie

He was the CCO. He may have left to pursue other...

He was the CCO. He may have left to pursue other opportunities, but he had the chance to do that in 2016. The fact he is leaving so soon and with no notice after a relatively poor financial...
Forum: Middle East
28th Apr 2019, 13:07
Replies: 4
Views: 1,684
Posted By BigGeordie

I think you might need to get out a bit more.

I think you might need to get out a bit more.
Forum: Middle East
14th Mar 2019, 05:53
Replies: 24
Views: 10,922
Posted By BigGeordie

The 777 guys get slightly less time off than the...

The 777 guys get slightly less time off than the 380. Expect an average of 11-12 days off a month and 30 days holiday. The contract says 42 days holiday but, you know, Middle East. Unless you really...
Forum: Middle East
9th Mar 2019, 20:38
Replies: 24
Views: 10,922
Posted By BigGeordie

A little bit of thread creep but it does crack me...

A little bit of thread creep but it does crack me up when people who have never been to Dubai say, "I'd be okay there, I like the heat!" Trust us veterans, you have no idea what the "heat" is like...
Forum: Middle East
3rd Mar 2019, 13:01
Replies: 10
Views: 5,931
Posted By BigGeordie

Just use the time to visit some other airlines...

Just use the time to visit some other airlines that will no doubt be doing road shows in Dubai at that time.
Forum: Middle East
27th Feb 2019, 16:04
Replies: 4,835
Views: 2,643,443
Posted By BigGeordie

There will be no expansion on the 777 for a...

There will be no expansion on the 777 for a couple of years. Indeed, for the next couple of years aircraft will be leaving that fleet. A few 380s continue to come but there will be a net aircraft...
Forum: Middle East
25th Feb 2019, 11:09
Replies: 39
Views: 31,925
Posted By BigGeordie

Just to clarify, the insurance for the pilots is...

Just to clarify, the insurance for the pilots is "free" and of course you are covered for treatment on layovers. BUT (there is always a but with EK) they continue to chip away at the benefits for...
Forum: Middle East
25th Feb 2019, 06:08
Replies: 16
Views: 7,640
Posted By BigGeordie

Sounds like the bidding system!

Sounds like the bidding system!
Forum: Middle East
18th Feb 2019, 12:47
Replies: 39
Views: 31,925
Posted By BigGeordie

GE115b, they provide medical (and dental)...

GE115b, they provide medical (and dental) treatment for you and your spouse and children, for which they make a monthly deduction from your salary. For a spouse this is 285 Dhs (or about US$78) a...
Forum: Middle East
14th Feb 2019, 09:52
Replies: 39
Views: 31,925
Posted By BigGeordie

Don't forget the deductions from the above...

Don't forget the deductions from the above figures for family medical insurance and provident fund contributions.
Forum: Middle East
20th Dec 2018, 16:11
Replies: 4,835
Views: 2,643,443
Posted By BigGeordie

Buyer beware! After 18 months you may become...

Buyer beware! After 18 months you may become eligible for a command but that certainly doesn't mean you are going to get one. It will only take a poor performance in one area of one PPC and you...
Forum: Middle East
7th Dec 2018, 10:44
Replies: 4,835
Views: 2,643,443
Posted By BigGeordie

Aiminghigh, (very appropriate user name) sounds...

Aiminghigh, (very appropriate user name) sounds like you have it all worked out. Come on over, Dubai is waiting- but before you do have a look at the “Are you ready for Dubai?” Quiz at the top of he...
Forum: Middle East
29th Nov 2018, 06:10
Replies: 6
Views: 5,991
Posted By BigGeordie

Fatbus, I suppose the obvious reason for wanting...

Fatbus, I suppose the obvious reason for wanting the 777 is that it gives you more choices when you leave. Maybe people are now planning on leaving before they even join!
Forum: Middle East
28th Nov 2018, 16:17
Replies: 6
Views: 5,991
Posted By BigGeordie

Slim, but it depends on how desperate they are. ...

Slim, but it depends on how desperate they are. At the moment they are really short on the A380 so you would probably end up on the big bus. Either way, you don't get offered a choice so it is very...
Forum: Middle East
19th Nov 2018, 16:13
Replies: 31
Views: 17,011
Posted By BigGeordie

Things are unpredictable and always have been. ...

Things are unpredictable and always have been. Ponder this, though. There are about 2,200 pilots on the 777 (it is hard to be exact as the company no longer publishes a seniority list- you might...
Forum: Middle East
16th Nov 2018, 14:37
Replies: 24
Views: 4,738
Posted By BigGeordie

I think you need to read you mortgage agreement...

I think you need to read you mortgage agreement VERY carefully. You don’t want to upset your lender or life can get expensive and difficult quite quickly.
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