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Old 9th Jul 2014, 13:21
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Hi Folks. Interested in latest gen on TC. Are they doing better these days? Any recruitment other than that talked about in the Feb thread?
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 20:43
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Just so you have a reply. Not that I have heard, although I suspect that some thing may happen in the Autumn.
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Old 17th Jul 2014, 04:44
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Thank you macdo, I appreciate the reply.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 11:07
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All,

Any updates on TCX? Just merely for interests sake more than anything.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 12:32
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Plenty of talk on the line but nothing from the 'Management'. That's not unusual: the shags at the pointy end are always the last to be told. Someone on the outside trying to get in is more likely to hear of expansion and recruitment before the inmates. That all said, there's a feeling of cautious optimism in TCX just now and the 'sausage machine' is creaking into life with more new commands rumored over the next year and therefore a need for additional pilots overall.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 17:57
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Joined the company recently along with over 40 others who have been hired since around Christmas 2014. Largest recruitment into TCX in a very long time. Lots of internal rumours doing the rounds that between 30 and 50 FOs are lined up for BA (50 seems a bit high to me though). The retirement bulge is returning but an increasing number of old boys are wanting part time well before that. It would be difficult and wrong for anyone to give a precise number and indication of recruitment for 2016 but most of the guys I fly with reckon easily 50 more. Most people seem to get an interview based on internal recommendation, however I didn't know anyone.

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Old 5th Aug 2015, 19:39
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Superpilot,


Congrats on the job! Some questions:


1. Which bases are open to newhires?
2. What are the schedules like these days? How many days off per month likely?
3. Where are newhires typically coming from?


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Old 6th Aug 2015, 09:03
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1.) For the last round of recruitment, all bases were open. The vast majority got what they wanted.

2.) I fly from an airport in the south and am engaged only 3 times a week. 85 hours per month over the summer doing charters can come very quickly. A couple of Canaries, several Turkeys and a few Greek Island trips has you up to 85 hours in no time.

3.) Everywhere. Most I believe are ex EZY Flexi or Aer Lingus. Only about 15 cadets.
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Old 6th Aug 2015, 09:18
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Any chance they will ever look at non rated candidates again?
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Old 6th Aug 2015, 21:09
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Career breakers being asked if they are interested returning early..... Due to a 'significant' number being recruited for next summer.

Ba need 350 next year
Thomson need around 60.......
At last the pilot may just have a little leverage!
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Old 7th Aug 2015, 09:51
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What sort of leverage are you talking?
Maybe choices but leverage?
If a crew member leaves the airline I work for I'm either extremely happy if he causes me grief (I've never had a she that caused me grief) or I'm extremely happy if he/she is leaving for pastures new / better and I've been part of that journey. e.g. A cadet moving to BA
Airline life is full if cycles, the last cycle was movement to the Middle East - not sure that worked out that well judging by the moans and groans on Middle East.
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Old 7th Aug 2015, 20:50
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A couple of guys have joined with the agreement they part fund/are bonded for the TR (Don't know exact details but it's very rare from what I've heard)
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 16:13
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@ Twiglet

Indeed Airline life is cycles.... It's supply and demand! I suffered its effect at 3 of the UK's biggest charter operators. The point being, right now unlike anytime in the past 8-10 years the industry is buoyant. We have had years of Airline management driving down T's and C's whilst scooping up healthy bonuses for themselves. Ba now on the hunt for a huge number of pilots and this starting to filter down to other operators with sizeable recruitment programs being planned. We are now in demand and as a group have the opportunity pressure for better terms and conditions for our industry.... However, I do remain sceptical!
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 16:48
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It would be nice to see TCX start to recruit experienced pilots again rather than recruit fully from the Likes of CTC. Then again its all about what the accountants want these days.
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 17:53
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They have done, Harry. The intake has been a mix of experience levels; some 200 hr (ish) guys (nothing to do with ctc as far as I know)up,to few thousand hrs inc, as Super pilot says a few non-TR who were billed 12k (paid off over four yrs) for the privilege. The non rated guys started on a 7/5 contract (7on 5 months off) with the salary payments divided by 12
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 20:33
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Was this intake recent? I've not seen cooks advertise for some time. I'm registered for job alerts with them too.

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Old 8th Aug 2015, 22:57
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CTC and Oxford cadet pilots made up some of the last intake, which, as shotone said, was made up of a mixture of backgrounds and experience levels. They took over the winter with type ratings etc up until late spring/early summer.

Good to see that Thomas Cook don't share the same view as Harry Palmer and will give EVERYONE a chance.

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Old 8th Aug 2015, 23:12
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The last recruitment went on far longer than it seems that it was planned for and a wide variety of candidates were taken on, as stated above. There is currently lots of informed comments about this years intake being around 40 to,in part, compensate for commands courses forthcoming this Autumn.
I'd say that this would be a good time to join as the airline is enjoying a bit of a growth spurt. And when all is said and done, its a pretty good place to work compared to many of the other jobs available to new FO's.
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Old 9th Aug 2015, 10:47
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Morning ppruners,

Anybody know if a guy with a couple of thousand hours on the 330 could get a Manchester basing, flying the 330, or would one have to start down the bottom on the 320?
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Old 9th Aug 2015, 11:25
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Bearing in mind the current direction of travel, I'd think that would be very attractive to TCX, but you would probably still start on the 320. Base choice (and everything else) is done on seniority.
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