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Old 27th Oct 2016, 04:31
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Royal Brunei Airlines

Anyone have feedback on what RBA are like to work for? and if they are hiring?
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Old 27th Oct 2016, 08:01
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Applied, said they aren't hiring
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Old 6th Oct 2017, 10:18
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Salary and terms

Recruitment is opened. Any info?
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Old 6th Oct 2017, 20:50
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https://jobs.flightglobal.com/job/14...4-JN|TJ5&cmpid
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Old 17th Oct 2017, 19:08
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Anyone can confirm if the terms and conditions on offer by Royal Brunei remain the same as for 2014?

If I stand correct, expected salary would be around BND 165,000 per year plus housing, education and insurances.

Thank you.
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Old 18th Oct 2017, 09:13
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For those people looking for info on RBA.

As others have alluded to the package is significantly below the going rate for a contract A320 Captain in Asia. The package has not increased significantly for many years and has been left well behind the going rate over time. Any increments (2.5% last year) are only applied to the basic salary so make very little difference.

In the past people accepted the lower pay because you could expect to fly 50 hours per month and with a reasonable amount of leave (more on that later) you could have a pretty good family lifestyle.

Unfortunately those days are over and you can expect to fly 70 plus hours per month. Those 70hrs a month require a lot of duty hours to achieve because of overnight split duties, nature of the route network, inefficient rostering etc.

The way the roster is written seems to be designed to give the pilots as little free time as possible. You will get 8 days off per month. Generally expect to start on an early and finish on a late. Another favourite is a SBY duty until 2300 before a day off. It is normal to have single days off in the roster.

The lifestyle in Brunei is not for everyone.
It is a very quiet place, a dry country so no Bars etc at all. A relatively small expat community (and getting smaller) that some people may find a little bit claustrophobic. Spouse's will not be able to work, about the only exception being teachers. It is also a very long way from the UK/Europe, especially when RBA starts messing with your contract leave tickets.
Brunei relies on oil and gas for 90% of its income. With the low oil price there has been a noticeable reduction in spending by the government, whether they will continue to pour money into RBA is anyone’s guess (RBA has never made a profit, it's just the size of the loss that varies)

The website mentions a "generous" amount of leave. 48 days sounds ok at first glance but there are a few things not obvious from the outside. Firstly those pilots already here get 56 days, HR are trying to effectively introduce a "B scale contract". The leave days are not working days. If you take a week’s leave that will be 7 days from your entitlement and you will lose 2 days off in that month (down to 6 from 8). Don't expect to get days off before or after leave.

The package is made up of a few parts as listed (all in BND) approximate figures per month.

Basic salary. $6500
Supplementary allowance. $3000
Expatriate allowance. $1700
Duty pay - variable approx. $800

RBA will pay an Education allowance of up to $800/mth per child 5yrs and over. This will only cover a little over 50% of the school fees at the international school (if you can get a place)

Housing allowance provides for a reasonable 3/4 bedroom detached house.

My advice for anyone considering joining RBA.

Do your due diligence. If you are offered a contract, insist on RBA flying you to Brunei for a good look around. Speak to the pilots/spouse's already here and decide if your family will be happy living here. It's too late once you are here to question the contract/conditions, staff travel, cost of living, school fees etc. It will suit some people but don’t turn up thinking it will be like living in the UK/Europe.

For type rated A320 Captains there is a big shortage worldwide. I would suggest that you are in a strong position to insist on the same contract (leave) as the rest of the RBA pilots.


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Old 19th Oct 2017, 12:38
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With those conditions and the way the market is for experienced and qualified pilots, I don't see many applying.

HR are trying to effectively introduce a "B scale contract".
With luck the pay will be even lower...
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Old 19th Oct 2017, 14:09
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Didn’t RBA accept NZ license holders in the past? Is that not the case anymore?
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Old 19th Oct 2017, 23:51
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Pulled out of the application process last week. Heard nothing from HR after trying on several occasions to contact them re confirming T&C's, they seem like an utter shambles. As an ex-spotty driver, none of my friends/colleagues will be moving to the other side of the world for this pile of poo. B Scale indeed.........
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Old 20th Oct 2017, 02:27
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Another airline on the list where the good days are in the past, along with Air Niugini, Cathay and Emirates.

If you're in already and on the B787 probably not too bad for the moment. However the airline wants local pilots not expats so don't expect to move fleets. The oil price is a serious issue for the country as without oil it would be simply jungle, like the rest of Borneo.

Not a career airline anymore but not paying enough for a contract job. Hong Kong Airlines have a better package and are cancelling flights due to lack of A320/330 pilots.
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Old 20th Oct 2017, 12:12
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Coincidentally

Originally Posted by Metro man View Post
Another airline on the list where the good days are in the past, along with Air Niugini, Cathay and Emirates.

If you're in already and on the B787 probably not too bad for the moment. However the airline wants local pilots not expats so don't expect to move fleets. The oil price is a serious issue for the country as without oil it would be simply jungle, like the rest of Borneo.

Not a career airline anymore but not paying enough for a contract job. Hong Kong Airlines have a better package and are cancelling flights due to lack of A320/330 pilots.

Funny you mention that Mm, I have a selection with them in a fortnight. From us in the "M" Brigade, it definitely has the T&C's that we are after. Anything less (which is what RBA and the likes are offering) is just an insult!!

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Old 27th Oct 2017, 06:40
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Bingbongbob has very good advice.

In addition all new-joiners should familiarize themselves with the 'Dunning-Kruger effect' as part of the orientation process.
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Old 27th Apr 2018, 16:34
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Does anybody know what is happening in RBA these days? I know that they are still advertising for experienced crew, but how many captains do they need? Are they having any luck with employing more captains on the new (less leave) deal? Is it worth hanging on for an improvement to the T&C's?

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Old 28th Apr 2018, 10:29
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My advice is to avoid this "company" at all cost
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Old 29th Apr 2018, 14:16
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My advice is to avoid this "company" at all cost
My never- to-be- forgotten memory of that dump was when I went for an unsuccessful interview many years ago. And that was the hordes of huge voracious ants climbing up and down the walls of my bedroom and occasionally falling on to my bed in the middle of the night and the nightly screaming of the monkeys in the jungle back of my digs. l
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Old 30th Apr 2018, 03:49
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Lets quickly summarize, last year they required a UK EASA ATPL only, and now that requirement has gone. I guess that should tell you how successful the recruitment is going....
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Old 30th Apr 2018, 17:24
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The worst company to work for with dishonnest people
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Old 1st May 2018, 02:48
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They’ve had an advert for A320 Pilots in Flight International at least 3 times in the last 12 months. It was a good gig about 15 years ago on the B767 but those days are over. Long term outlook for Brunei isn’t brilliant when the oil runs out. Expat days may be numbered as locals are trained up.
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Old 6th May 2018, 02:12
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an endemic cancer purveys
probably terminal. Certainly no cure in sight just more repeating of the same behaviour and not even hoping for a different result.

Resignations from Flight Operations:
Executive General Manager (times 2 withiin 6 months).
Chief Pilot (allegedly resigned before removed)
Flight Safety Officer
B787 Training Manger
A320 Training manager

Any decent Aviation Authority would have considered suspending the AOC by now. Fortunately for these buffoons the DCA and RB belong to the same entity.

CEO appears to be more interested in property development and branding than running an airline. There seems to be no intention on his part to sort any of these problems out. He really seems either not to care or he has his head firmly up his ass. In any event he does not appear to have the balls to face the pilots.

"Ignorance can be cured but stupidity is for ever"
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Old 6th Aug 2018, 02:24
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Royal Air Brunei

Hello everyone, newbie here. I have been trying to read up on the forums, but cannot find a direct answer. I have an interview with RBA this month, anyone here know the details, what kind of questions you can expect and what the sim check will look like for a non type rated FO.

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