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British Airways DEP Selection - THE lowdown Part 1

Old 11th Sep 2008, 12:35
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Just one more post and then that's it I promise!!

As substantiated as it can be in this game!!! Obviously no-one will tell you direct but I was told by a member of my family who knows someone in the know. If you know what I mean!
He went scouting info for me!!
I was told this person said there is likely to be some recruitment (not much) and it would basically all be short haul (maybe a tiny tiny bit on long haul (777) and if any, really only a few!!). It was likely to start in 6 months-ish. Refrained from posting it on here before as you hear all kinds of things but I personally attach a bit of substance to what I was told. It has given me a small glimmer of hope anyway.
I was told this though with the caveat that it could all change tomorrow!!!

I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping something happens in this timescale or soon after or I am going to have to jump through all the hoops again!!


Oh well back to splashing around in the meantime......
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Old 11th Sep 2008, 14:36
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Hi

Cheers - nice to know there may be a glimmer of hope. We'll see!
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Old 11th Sep 2008, 18:01
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777 DEP's

"Out of interest - any newly recruited DEP's starting on the 777 in the next few months???"

Yeap - I'm starting next month
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Old 11th Sep 2008, 19:12
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Loving the name ..."chilledoutwhiteman" !

Good luck on your course
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Old 11th Sep 2008, 19:39
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Well done

Its a chilled fleet
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Old 12th Sep 2008, 09:51
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Got the happy phone call today, through SSP day 1.

Thanks to all for the great info on this thread, helped me out alot.
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Old 14th Sep 2008, 18:48
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hi all, ive got some sim time booked to prepare for a BA sim check.the sim is booked for the end of september near gatwick.its a 3 hour session.anyone interested in sharing it with me PM me

thanks
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Old 14th Sep 2008, 21:46
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Peacekeeper please check your PMs

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Old 15th Sep 2008, 09:46
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Here is the latest rumor I got from an BA insider...

If this one is true this is not good news for the guys in the holding pool.

This latest rumor states that some new captains might be downgraded as first officers to fill in the gaps... Obviously a 1st timer in BA's history....
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Old 15th Sep 2008, 11:32
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The 75 and 74 fleets have been deemed in surplus for Captains, so those Captains affected are bidding onto other fleets as Captains. Someone questioned if it would be better to bid LHS to RHS on the 74 until things picked up and then bid back. You get can get frozen for up to 4 years otherwise.

That might explain this rumour.
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Old 15th Sep 2008, 11:46
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Very much doubt the company would do such a thing! If the Captains involved are give a forced bid back to the RHS then they still retain Captains pay (for up to a year I believe).

There are alot of FO's with bids in from the SH routes to LH and they would be far cheaper for the company as a type rating would be required in both cases.

Best route would be to drop into the LHS of SH until the routes pick up, 787 and A380 arrive and then move back to LHS LH. It all depends on your seniority number. BA are still short of crew on SH as it is judging by the amount of forced drafting going on.
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Old 15th Sep 2008, 20:52
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Just got home to my Dear John E-mail from BA. Anyone get through from the 8th Sep ?
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Old 16th Sep 2008, 03:08
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Old 16th Sep 2008, 06:33
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Just to clear up a couple of things from 2 or 3 posts back:

It would be very expensive for anyone to 'aspirationally' bid from LHS to RHS. They would lose any command pay protection, so would have to have extremely pressing reasons (long distance commuter??) for so doing.

However 'forced bids', if ordered correctly, would result in pay protection, and could also involve a bid for RHSs. These FBs should not attract any freeze!

I am not aware of ANY 747, or 757 captains, (even the most junior) without the seniority for an Airbus command.

Even if they were, the use of forced LHS to RHS, with pay protection, would absolutely NOT be a "1st timer in BA's history...."

Far from it.

PS: Unpaid leave is currently being offered (not imposed!) to BA pilots, so recruitment is unlikely to recommence for some considerable time, IMHO. This could get rather rough, for a very significant period!

Anyone hoping to apply to BA, might also like to consider that; 2 years ago the retirement age changed. It was 55, it is now 'tentatively' set at 65 (This could easily increase further!) There are currently 186 pilots who have reached or exceeded the old retirement age. There have been SEVEN retirements within this group!

Get the picture?
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Old 16th Sep 2008, 16:19
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Thanks for clearing things up!

I think we do get the "picture!"

Do you know anything vaguely positive? There seemed to be a certain enjoyment in giving us the bad news!
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Old 16th Sep 2008, 17:11
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Do you know anything vaguely positive? There seemed to be a certain enjoyment in giving us the bad news!
Good news? Look at the aviation environment!

Pleasure in giving bad news? No, but it is always an advantage to know how thing really are instead of being pumped with rose tinted optimism!

A glimmer on the horizon is that this 'adjustment' is sorely needed within the industry. The future still needs air transport and the company still has a large order book needing to be flown in a few years.

Get the consolidating out of the way and in a year or two we will see the turnaround.
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Old 16th Sep 2008, 19:37
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It may not be what you want to hear, but Tandemrotors' information is priceless. An insider telling you how it really is. No "sexed up" info from BA hedging their bets and pulling your chain. There are just over 3000 pilots in BA, approx 1500 are Captains. Tandemrotor is telling you that 7 retired last year as they enjoy the change in age legislation. The Chief Pilot reckons it was more like 20 odd in total that left BA last year.
Bearing in mind any expansion is likely to be small (as LHR is a "full airport") and since BALPA lost its OpenSkies courtcase, there is unlikely to be a big need for pilots in the near future. But then again, with BA anything could happen. A takeover by LH would be my dream.
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Old 16th Sep 2008, 23:31
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Do you know anything vaguely positive?
By my calculations, you have been in the hold pool for approximately 3 months.

Some of my colleagues have been in BA for anything up to 16 years, and have still not achieved a coveted longhaul command (of which I am one!)

Why not ask the 2200 of them how they feel about a further EIGHT years of career constipation? Ask them if they have anything 'vaguely positive' to say.

There are now two kinds of pilot in BA. Those who are fortunate enough to be able to extend their 'golden years' in the top job, by anything up to (and perhaps more than) ten years, and those who cannot. This option was not available to those who went before, nor will it be available to those who follow.

And finally.......

From our posting officer, hot off the press this evening: With the exception of those pilots being 'forced' to move due to fleet reductions (747, 757) there are likely to be virtually NO movements on the Posting and Promotion front in the coming year!

Does that sound like I am experiencing a "certain enjoyment" in giving you the 'bad news'?

If you are fortunate enough to be quickly pulled from the pool, but don't fancy the idea of 12-15 years without a 'sniff' of a command, you're probably joining the wrong company.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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Old 17th Sep 2008, 07:13
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Going off track slightly but I've just spent 3 days with a new skipper, on short haul admittedly, with less than 6 years in the company.
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Old 17th Sep 2008, 08:17
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Ham Phisted...was this at LHR? Some people were in the right place at the right time...or are managers and so circumvent the normal bidding process. Shorthaul traditionally has been seen as a stepping stone to a LH command as LHR shorthaul has been seen as a sure fire way to an early grave. I suppose that this may change in T5.
Let non BA wannabees realise that this is not typical and that they may be waiting years to join BA , let alone get a command.
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