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Old 9th Feb 2018, 10:47
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@ TPE Flyer

Hi,
could you give me some details i.e. T & C with CI, please?
Can one commute on this contract? What is the salary?
Thank you!
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Old 9th Feb 2018, 17:04
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What about Shenzhen Donghai Airlines and Xiamen?
Xiamen had a month on month off but best now is a 38 on 22 off.
Heard they are pretty decent outfit.
I know nothing about Shenzhen Donghai but they are offering 30 on 30 off.
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Old 9th Feb 2018, 19:19
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SF is regarded as one of if not the best airline to work for in China amongst the locals.

The expats I have met there all seem very happy aswell.
They pay very well for hardly any hours and have a rock solid 2 weeks on 2 weeks off option.
Main downside being lots of night flying but you cant have it all I guess........

If you dont mind being away 2 weeks then definitely one of the better options available in China.

Cheers,
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Old 10th Feb 2018, 03:19
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Juneyao Airlines

Originally Posted by joe falchetto 64 View Post
I would suggest you check carefully your informations on Juneyao. I have spent there the first three years (one contract) of my still ongoing adventure in the Middle Kingdom. I don't work there anymore, but I have very close friends there. Yes, there are some nice layovers (BKK, HKT, CNX, KIX) but that is due to red eye flights. Also beware of a lot of split duties, show up at 3.50 am and end at 00.30 pm or later, due to never ending delays. Be careful also with the way you will be paid especially if you are resident in some country really tight on taxation issues. Shanghai is a very amazing place, but very expensive. The medical and LOL coverage is just funny, and so on. All in all, I moved to another airline, commuting contract, and so far I haven't regretted my decision.
Best luck for your choice.
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Hi Joe,

Care to share more information about Juneyao since you've spent 3 years there. How's the culture, environment and support from the company? I've attended their roadshow last year but would like to know more in depth from you being a previous employee. PM me if you prefer,Many Thanks.
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Old 10th Feb 2018, 07:54
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You will spend always 2 weeks outside?
I mean. You start and always re outside base until last day of your 2 weeks On?
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Old 12th Feb 2018, 07:16
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Originally Posted by Tick Hunter View Post
@ TPE Flyer

Hi,
could you give me some details i.e. T & C with CI, please?
Can one commute on this contract? What is the salary?
Thank you!
Its not a true commuting contract. You do get a block of 8 days off every month to go home. Own time travel. You get to choose 1 Commuting port (used to be 6). If flight is full, must apply for leave until you can get back. Not all EU ports are served daily. Maximum of 16 days in a row off.
Housing allownce doesn't cover the hotel. (hotel price increased 50% in my time here). The Chinese definition of clean, modern and furnished apartment is not the same as mine.
Pay around USD$10,000 per month, that includes all allowances. Overtime, maybe 1 month per year.
Half pay while training, training. Can take up to 6 months to see a full wage.

That's basically it.
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Old 12th Feb 2018, 15:25
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Lots of Taiwanese captains coming to China. For a reason.
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Old 13th Feb 2018, 00:35
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Originally Posted by spyeye69 View Post
Hi Joe,

Care to share more information about Juneyao since you've spent 3 years there. How's the culture, environment and support from the company? I've attended their roadshow last year but would like to know more in depth from you being a previous employee. PM me if you prefer,Many Thanks.
Most people are friendly but being helpful is tough due to the system. Roster is published weekly (Friday evening roster is published for the following week). Operating out of two airports (PVG and SHA) makes travel time in company transport lengthy.

Overall is a good place to make $$$ but at the expense of family time. Is ideal for single guys and those running away from family , if you don't mind working long hours (delays by atc is common) and getting minimal rest.

Shanghai is a great city to live (not cheap thou), but to have the family here education and housing are expensive. So if you planning to have more time with your family, you definitely have to take the commuting contract.
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Old 13th Feb 2018, 12:15
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Originally Posted by spyeye69 View Post
Hi Joe,

Care to share more information about Juneyao since you've spent 3 years there. How's the culture, environment and support from the company? I've attended their roadshow last year but would like to know more in depth from you being a previous employee. PM me if you prefer,Many Thanks.
It is more than one year and half that I don't fly there anymore. I think would be better if someone actually working in JUNEYAO could give first hand impression . When I was there...company it is not bad, culture is Chinese but from ops side it was ok: I have been helped by not having ever had a punishment and by doing some good sim with the big boss, so actually my life was pretty simple . Anyway I hated the careless actions of HR: when I needed something from then the answe has always been " you are employed by your agency so ask them" ; when they needed something I was employed by them. Add to that the refrain like "it is written in the contract and if you don't find it it is because the Chinese part is a little bit different" or " we don't care, we are JUNEYAO ". Add to that the useless and shitty agency I had at that time and the fact that I joined when things were still a little bit rusty. Anyway I have to say that company improved a lot. Be careful: to count the pilots able to leave and change airline after first contract it is enough one hand; Juneyao won't let you simply go. I did it but I worked hard for it. Cheers.
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Old 13th Feb 2018, 15:54
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Thanks gyro3 and Joe.

Any insights of the training?eg,line training,base check,line check…etc

Is the company punitive in nature or do they adopt an open culture towards training and daily operations?

I'm from a South East Asia country with about 2000hrs on the A320 as a Captain. Wondering if this move to China will be worth it?
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Old 14th Feb 2018, 02:08
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Originally Posted by spyeye69 View Post
Thanks gyro3 and Joe.

Any insights of the training?eg,line training,base check,line check…etc

Is the company punitive in nature or do they adopt an open culture towards training and daily operations?

I'm from a South East Asia country with about 2000hrs on the A320 as a Captain. Wondering if this move to China will be worth it?
Starting from the last question: nobody can tell you if it is worth. You should consider your attitude, pros and cons carefully.
Bear in mind that in my opinion any airline in Shanghai won't be the right choice if your gol is making money the fastest you can: contracts are generally lower and life is expensive. Been there done that. To understand better, where I am now, smaller airline in second tier city in China, the 6/3 commuting contract has the same monthly base pay as the Juneyao resident contract but bonuses are higher and I have reimbursement for medical insurance and loss of license insurance.
Juneyao applies strictly the punishment rules that are in force almost everywhere in China: that said, on the other side they won't fire anybody except in very selected cases. The length of training depends on the circumstances: if company doesn't need captains to fill in the gap, training can be painfully long, and you will be stacked at training pay; if they need captains fast, in three months you will be released in line. Juneyao is one of the easier airline when it comes to checking : where I am just recently two captains willing to join from Juneyao have failed the sim.
All in all it is an average gig with usual pros and cons: your priorities dictate the choice.
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Old 14th Feb 2018, 04:29
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Where are you now Joe?

Which city and airline are you now?
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Old 14th Feb 2018, 12:14
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joe falchetto

Thank you very much,Joe. That is very valuable information, I appreciate it. Cheers
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Old 14th Feb 2018, 16:27
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Where are you now Joe?

Which city and airline are you now?
Please forgive me if I don't give you other details on company and location: sometime I am involved in pilot recruiting and I prefer not to mix that activity on this public forum because I think it wouldn't be fair. I directed some people to Juneyao because after talking with them and after having made a complete assessment of their needs, expectations and professional background I suggested them that choice. For others I suggested other opportunities: where to apply it is always a matter that need a full analysis based on very personal characteristics. I cannot suggest the airline where I work now for a pilot that isn't a CAAC ATP license holder: people are nice, environment is nice, but training can be risky; so far only three out of eight western foreign captain have been released in line. It must be said that all three had the CAAC ATP from previous employment in China, the other five were at their first experience.
Happy landings.
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Old 8th Mar 2018, 11:21
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Does anybody have some more info about Uni-Top?
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Old 8th Mar 2018, 12:06
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Worst airline in china

Astro air , Will not honour the contract, will not pay, will not renew your CAAC, FAA licence they will use and abuse. Stay away, try TAG aviation instead.
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Old 10th Mar 2018, 19:51
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Agency

Anyone used CAVOK-fly.com as agency? I know longreach and rishworth etc are better known. Any idea why shouldn’t go got smaller more local agency? Any advice/help appreciated. Thinking CSA, Xiamen etc
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Old 4th Jun 2018, 09:11
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The worst one still being Spring Airlines¡¡¡

Lowest salary in China
Bad Hotels¡¡¡
NO words about Rosters.... 6 days a month in Shanghai. You will love ZBSJ, ZGGG, ZGSZ, ZSYA,

Worst Airline Ever¡¡¡
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Old 5th Jun 2018, 10:53
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Originally Posted by Expat123 View Post
Anyone used CAVOK-fly.com as agency? I know longreach and rishworth etc are better known. Any idea why shouldn’t go got smaller more local agency? Any advice/help appreciated. Thinking CSA, Xiamen etc
Don't know them but my main suggestion specific for Xiamen knowing a couple of guys working there is that you use an agency who has someone based in Xiamen. It will make the process much easier and more supportive. That is the first question you should ask any agency.
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Old 5th Jun 2018, 20:19
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Use CAVOK for Xiamen 👍🏼
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