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Old 6th Dec 2018, 11:35
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If Klaus gets his way and we start slipping for 24h in destinations like LAX with a 10+ flight time I will be taking an early command and be out the door the moment I get 1000h PIC.
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Old 6th Dec 2018, 11:40
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Does anyone find that there's much operational seasonality at BA?

i.e Can you expect your roster to quieten down/surviving standby's towards the winter time or is it pretty much full-on all year round?
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Old 6th Dec 2018, 11:55
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LGW = quieter winters
LHR = generally busy all year round. It does slacken a little in the winter but not much. Usually we go from chronically short of crew to just short of crew. If the numbers were right then yes you could expect it to be a little easier. It is nothing like the change you see in charter ops though.
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Old 6th Dec 2018, 13:21
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I'd agree with bex regarding LHR longhaul.

A big chunk of the passengers are on Business travel, which isn't that seasonal, a lot of flights are too/from the southern hemisphere so different holidays, different seasons come onto play, plus what might have been regarded as off season once upon a time is now when those with flexibility try and travel in the hope of cheaper fares.

End result is any monthly variability you do notice won't be a lot and tends to be down manpower fluctuations on fleets and the odd outlier like engine issues taking work from one fleet and lumping it on other.

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Old 6th Dec 2018, 18:48
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Just read KG's Special Feature..... wish I'd read it before dinner, nearly threw up on the patronising corporate cheese.

The next battle lines are just starting to make themselves known....more efficiency, squeeze that lemon even harder!

As he seems so keen to give us more time at home at the expense of our our downtime down route I wonder if KG will commit to more days free of duty per annum or a maximum number of trips per month to avoid these new hotel savings and reduced days away being turned into MORE trips on our lines. I think I already know the answer to that.

Surely he knows we can all see through this? Generally a positive chap but I didn't sign up for all this tbh. It's worse than the low cost operator I joined from!
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Old 6th Dec 2018, 20:11
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I truly hate this company (not the staff) to its very core. The people in charge have shown their true colours, they just embody corporate greed and the very worst of capitalism to its utmost degree. £1.5 Billion of profit? Nah that’s not enough, we need to squeeze the staff even more and reduce their terms and conditions so we can wring every last drop of profit out of it. So greedy and incredibly short sighted. I know this is going on everywhere but the contemptible people in charge of this outfit take it to the ultimate extreme.
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Old 6th Dec 2018, 21:26
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Originally Posted by RexBanner View Post
I truly hate this company (not the staff) to its very core. The people in charge have shown their true colours, they just embody corporate greed and the very worst of capitalism to its utmost degree. £1.5 Billion of profit? Nah that’s not enough, we need to squeeze the staff even more and reduce their terms and conditions so we can wring every last drop of profit out of it. So greedy and incredibly short sighted. I know this is going on everywhere but the contemptible people in charge of this outfit take it to the ultimate extreme.
Agreed, well said! It’s this level of grotesque corporate greed that will ultimately lead to a Corbyn led government.
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Old 7th Dec 2018, 01:54
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Originally Posted by RexBanner View Post
I truly hate this company (not the staff) to its very core. The people in charge have shown their true colours, they just embody corporate greed and the very worst of capitalism to its utmost degree.
Being only several months in, I'm afraid I've reached the same conclusion. BA's obsession with cost is far more evident than in the LCC I worked for previously. It's really sad to see.

I can't help but wonder where the tipping point is in BA. SH have been pushed to the limit, now KG is after LH. At what point are we going to collectively say no? Will it ever happen - are we THAT divided? Wiil we bend over relentlessly to pay for KG's indoor swimming pool?

My previous airline had a well established, robust, non punitive fatigue system - AND they were working better rosters than BA. AND they were better paid. What the hell have I joined.
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Old 7th Dec 2018, 05:45
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Sadly, I now often wonder the same thing.
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Old 7th Dec 2018, 05:59
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So to summarise rumours/hard news for this week:

The good news for many reading this is the company wants to recruit several hundred more DEPs in 2019 (though that’s apparently a lot more than “Finance” are keen on.).

There are some significant “howevers” that potential joiners need to be aware of when deciding whether BA continues to be a sensible/workable option:

1. The company are really going to go after what is left of Bidline rules, especially the trip construction/rest parameters, and are very keen on reducing time off.

2. BA are (according to “traffic” elsewhere last night) really trying to screw down on travelling to work pre-report...A notice on this with company approved timings to be issued shortly.

3. Oh yes, the pay claim....




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Old 7th Dec 2018, 06:18
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Originally Posted by FACoff View Post
I can't help but wonder where the tipping point is in BA. SH have been pushed to the limit, now KG is after LH. At what point are we going to collectively say no? Will it ever happen - are we THAT divided? Wiil we bend over relentlessly to pay for KG's indoor swimming pool?
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I’m afraid one look at a certain forum will provide evidence that across the senority range we have colleagues who would rather eat their first born than actually vote to collectively say no.


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Old 7th Dec 2018, 10:24
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I reckognised many years ago that BALPA is impotent within BA. The only way BA will ever stop the decline which seems to have seriously snowballed over the last few years, is for the pilots to either unite and strike under the leadership of the union, or for people to leave the company in droves. Union and BALPA are two opposing concepts, so there will never be a strike. Once people start leaving in droves, and I believe that time is only a couple of years away, it will be too late for BA because they will have let things deteriorate so badly that they simply cannot stem the flow of pilots to other airlines.
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Old 7th Dec 2018, 12:37
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I reckognised many years ago that BALPA is impotent within BA. The only way BA will ever stop the decline which seems to have seriously snowballed over the last few years, is for the pilots to either unite and strike under the leadership of the union, or for people to leave the company in droves. Union and BALPA are two opposing concepts, so there will never be a strike. Once people start leaving in droves, and I believe that time is only a couple of years away, it will be too late for BA because they will have let things deteriorate so badly that they simply cannot stem the flow of pilots to other airlines.
Just handed my notice in , no regrets at all , see ya later Mr Cruz 🖐🏻
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Old 7th Dec 2018, 12:38
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I have been flying for well over 10 years now. For nearly all of that a seat at BA was the dream. Then when it became a reality I chose to stay and move left at my LCC. I am so so glad i did. The corporate greed highlighted by Rex is destroying the brand from the inside.
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Old 7th Dec 2018, 13:15
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This thread has started to look like something that should be in the Fragrant Harbour forum!! 😄
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Old 7th Dec 2018, 13:15
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Once people start leaving in droves, and I believe that time is only a couple of years away, it will be too late for BA because they will have let things deteriorate so badly that they simply cannot stem the flow of pilots to other airlines.
Where are we all going then? Which other airline is so much better that we will be leaving “in droves”. Very few BA pilots want to work overseas. Very few BA pilots want a SH only existence. So where are we all off to?

There are few better options for a UK based pilot, unless you want to be an A320 Captain with ezy/TUI etc based in the regions. The LH pay and conditions are no better elsewhere. I can only see junior SH captains leaving.

BA know this full well. Despite the angry talk very few people leave. There isn’t much else out there.

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Old 7th Dec 2018, 14:39
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For those "anchored" in the south east UK maybe, for those elsewhere I'm not so sure and I do think the company needs to be careful..

One or two some of the relatively new joiners I have flown with in the last year have already done homework and have made some interesting plans involving
work outside the UK..We've certainly ended up having conversations you would never have heard at BA even 5 year ago.

Maybe it'll end up like mixed fleet model - lots of churn...
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Old 7th Dec 2018, 15:17
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Originally Posted by wiggy View Post

1. The company are really going to go after what is left of Bidline rules, especially the trip construction/rest parameters, and are very keen on reducing time off.
For someone thinking of joining, what does this all mean? Specifically speaking.

Back to back trips, less days off between them? Trip construction?
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Old 7th Dec 2018, 15:31
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For someone thinking of joining, what does this all mean? Specifically speaking.

Back to back trips, less days off between them? Trip construction?
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Basically bringing shorthaul in line with the worst aspects of Easy/Ryanair and Longhaul with the likes of longhaul charter flying without the seasonal variation and so will be relentless without the pay. The company are monitoring sector swaps (long haul shortening of trips, so another can extend by a day or so) hence a 24 hour slip in LAX, NRT etc. Unfortunately he has seen individuals doing it without complaint. I've been in 14 years and my advice would be, consider very carefully work/life balance. The unions' effectiveness has been discussed on here previously.
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Old 7th Dec 2018, 15:49
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Originally Posted by pudoc View Post


For someone thinking of joining, what does this all mean? Specifically speaking.

Back to back trips, less days off between them? Trip construction?


Just to be clear the changes are unspecified, and are on a very senior managers wish list...

The big change he has specifically mentioned is that he would like us to consider reducing LAX from (the industrially agreed) 48 hour slip to (EASA compliant) 24 hour slip. The manager thinks this could well be popular with the troops because it would give them more time at home, and saves the company money on HOTAC.

Suspicions are once a specific 48 hour slip is dropped to 24 hours then the precedent has been set and all 48 hour slips on the longhaul network would get the same treatment and reduced to 24 unless EASA forced otherwise.

IMHO that means:

1. The days of actually being on a Long haul pilot and being able to “enjoy” a long range destination during a day free of duty might be curtailed/reduced, instead it will typically be: arrive, eat, drink (water only of course.....) sleep, a couple of hours sightseeing/shopping in the A.M. on day two, if you are up to it, then hotel, try to sleep again for an hour or two then it is call and back to work..and that will be almost everywhere. (I know..First world problem.)

2. Down the road without a doubt the company would then look at the time off at home generated by these reduced slips and try to squeeze extra work into the now larger gaps in rosters...it couldn’t be a lot because most folks in Longhaul are 800 hours plus but I could imagine most people could end up picking up an extra handful of trips (TLV, day MADs, BOS etc) in the year...so you wouldn’t end up spending more time at home....

3. Backs to backs...possible and happen now anyway, though pretty much only if you volunteer....




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