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Old 1st Mar 2019, 10:55
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3000hrs of +25 tonne Jet time, plus 1 year at BA is the one I remember. There are others
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 11:22
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Out of interest, presuming bids are once a year, do you need the prerequisites to bid? In the example above could you bid for a LGW Command at 10 months in and say 2800 hrs on jets on the assumption youíll be eligible some time in the next year?
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 12:25
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Over on the wannabes forum they are saying the charge is now £18 grand for a type rating 😖

Madness if itís correct. OíLeary is only about Ä5,000 these days 🙈

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Old 1st Mar 2019, 16:33
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In fairness, there is no mention of a bond... the non bond ryanair option is 30k for the type rating and whilst there both not greatish companys for the lower down people i'd probably pick BA.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 17:25
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Originally Posted by DonTrumpet2020 View Post
Over on the wannabes forum they are saying the charge is now £18 grand for a type rating ��

Madness if it’s correct.....

The wannabes have read the advert correctly.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 17:58
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Probably because a lot of people are now leaving early on, which never happened in the past. Iím reliably informed of 20 or so heading elsewhere (to the same place in fact - no, not telling on here) in the next couple of months.

Makes you wonder why...?
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 19:00
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Originally Posted by Tay Cough View Post
Probably because a lot of people are now leaving early on, which never happened in the past. I’m reliably informed of 20 or so heading elsewhere (to the same place in fact - no, not telling on here) in the next couple of months.

Makes you wonder why...?
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 19:02
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 19:07
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Colour scheme is a combination of White, Blue and Dark Blue.

also Red and White
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 20:02
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I just posted this in the interviews section but thought I'd re-post seeing as it's made me so irrate

New junior pilot recruitment campaign announced for LGW - 18k fee for the type rating...... Has there been any internal chat/anger about this?

I'm surprised there's anyone left in the recruitment team, I would have thought most would have walked by now to avoid having their own reputation tarnished by this madness. To emphasise, this is an airline who just this week announced a 2.6 billion pound profit. Investing in 100 new pilots type ratings would cost (much) less than 0.1% of those profits, but it would appear that any sense of social responsibility has now been long forgotten.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 20:16
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Originally Posted by Tay Cough View Post
Probably because a lot of people are now leaving early on, which never happened in the past. I’m reliably informed of 20 or so heading elsewhere (to the same place in fact - no, not telling on here) in the next couple of months.

Makes you wonder why...?
Having flown with a few of them, they are going to their national carrier who are recruiting DEPs for the first time in living memory. Given many of them live there and have no certainty as non uk nationals or residents that BA can employ them post Brexit I think they are making a good call. They will all be missed though.

I think its reading far too much into it to blame that on BA.

Is it prohibited to say KLM?
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 21:50
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Originally Posted by Hotel Mode View Post
I think its reading far too much into it to blame that on BA.
Completely agree, same with the mainly ex-BMI colleagues going to Jet2.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 22:26
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Originally Posted by Hotel Mode View Post
Having flown with a few of them, they are going to their national carrier who are recruiting DEPs for the first time in living memory. Given many of them live there and have no certainty as non uk nationals or residents that BA can employ them post Brexit I think they are making a good call. They will all be missed though.

I think its reading far too much into it to blame that on BA.

Is it prohibited to say KLM?
Not really. Thought I'd leave it to someone else.

There are quite a few of their countrymen who are staying though. Just saying....
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 00:45
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Originally Posted by Tay Cough View Post
Not really. Thought I'd leave it to someone else.

There are quite a few of their countrymen who are staying though. Just saying....
Most of them because of age and seniority in BA. Everyone younger than 35 with less than 5 years in the airline probably gives it a try. Yes, there are a few exceptions but they are a minority.

KLM offers a far better package.
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 02:21
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£18k upfront or an £18k 3yr reducing bond?

The latter is fair enough if ppl are leaving but the former is a new sad low.
My company will unfortunately follow suit I imagine once they realise they can also squeeze some more cash out of new joiners.
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 13:55
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£18k up front
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 15:55
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Whatís the BALPA position on BA new hires paying for type ratings?
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 01:38
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Nothing heard.

My guess is post the Open Skies debacle a few years back BALPA are now fairly cagey about commenting on the company's dealings with prospective employees...
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 09:09
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First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak outóBecause I was not a socialist..........

This is not a BA specific problem, but the unwillingness / inability of airline pilots and their unions to take any form of action to protect terms for new joiners is staggering. This "I'm all right jack" attitude eventually harms everyone, yet seemingly nobody in the unions can see it.

If BA are worried about people leaving then make them sign a bond, or even better, focus on making BA such a good place to work nobody wants to leave in the first place. Charging upfront for type ratings is unjustifiable and a few years ago would have been unthinkable at BA.
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 10:32
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As many have been saying for quite some time now, BA is nothing like the airline it was even just a few years ago. Things which would have been unthinkable years ago are absolutely on the table now. The rot has accelerated massively and the unions are pretty much impotent to do anything about it. Itís like a snowball rolling down hill; if you donít stop it early on it will have gathered so much mass and velocity that it becomes unstoppable. I personally think the point where unions could stop it passed many years ago. The only thing to stop it now will be market forces - people refusing to join or large numbers of people leaving. In fact the mixed fleet cabin crew model requires a fairly high turn over as they donít want people staying for ages and demanding extra pay for their loyalty. That same unacceptable attrition rate will exist for pilots too, although theyíd want them to stay longer, but I bet we are nowhere near it at the moment, therefore IAG will think itís still acceptable to keep turning the thumb screws. As long as they just take as much as can be stomached at a time, chip chip chip, marginal gains and all that. Change happens faster than it used to; the second a chip is taken, the chisel is already cracking the next bit. Our employer no longer cares about anything but improving efficiencies and therefore operating margins. And we no longer just compare ourselves to others; we chase that improved operating margin no matter how high it already is. If employee attrition versus recruitment starts to effect that operating margin, things will change, otherwise expect more of the same.
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