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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 17:36
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Originally Posted by The Old Swedish View Post
Are there chances to get a basing in VIE as DEC? Or is there a long internal waiting list?
Which NET salary can a DEC expect in Austria?

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Forget about it. It's very senior. Unless you're a local with a property and family in Vienna. In that case you're automatically on top of the list.
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Old 7th Jul 2019, 07:31
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WizzAir Pilot assesment days DEC

Hi All, in August I will be going to Budapest for the 2 day Pilot Assessment. Applying as DEC A320 NTR. The program consists of Introduction, Group Exercise, Computer Test, Interview and Sim Check.... Any experience on any of these? Any tips for good preperation? Links with Test examples? Thanks and much appreciated, Mafae
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Old 7th Jul 2019, 09:44
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Review some maths and conversions, information about the company with bases and destinations. Regardless of your level of experience, rated or not, you will get these questions in the 60 question computer quiz. You actually need to score at least 70% to make it to the next phase.
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Old 7th Jul 2019, 20:39
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Thanks Banana Joe, any "online" examples that I could find and exercise? Thanks, Mafae
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Old 7th Jul 2019, 20:46
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LatestPilotJobs to get an idea should be sufficient.
I don't need to tell you to review some stuff you would find in your OMA.
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 09:06
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Current fleet 104 aircraft in service. ORDERS: 274 AIRCRAFT !!! Crazy!
No other airline has such orders…. It leaves Ryanair and EasyJet well behind in terms of expansion….
Where are they going to expand since at present they are only operating in niche markets….
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 10:09
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Originally Posted by eiffel View Post
Current fleet 104 aircraft in service. ORDERS: 274 AIRCRAFT !!! Crazy!
No other airline has such orders…. It leaves Ryanair and EasyJet well behind in terms of expansion….
Where are they going to expand since at present they are only operating in niche markets….
They should open bases in Spain and fly to Africa.
also if they do that lot of Vueling pilots would apply
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 10:09
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It's looking good for them indeed, and they might open bases in Italy and Greece as well in future. The thing is, they have decided to slow down their expansion and take it easy. They are wisely learning from other airlines' mistakes.
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 10:21
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They should open bases in Spain and fly to Africa.
also if they do that lot of Vueling pilots would apply
The ones who speak English or the ones who don't?

It's looking good for them indeed, and they might open bases in Italy and Greece as well in future.
They've been dangling this carrot of opening bases outside of Eastern Europe for 15 years. And how many bases in the West have they opened? One.
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 11:16
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Originally Posted by brushcounsel View Post
The ones who speak English or the ones who don't?


They've been dangling this carrot of opening bases outside of Eastern Europe for 15 years. And how many bases in the West have they opened? One.
They've always said their main focus is Eastern Europe and they do not intend to compete directly with Ryanair, easyJet and Vueling in Western Europe. They have opened one base in Luton and one in Vienna, so unless Vienna for you is Eastern Europe, that's two bases.
There's plenty of opportunities for Eastern Europe to/from Italy. Especially Romania.
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 11:52
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Sorry, my mistake. So two in 15 years.

Wizz Air can compete at the moment, because of their low cost of workforce, as having people based predominantly in Eastern Europe allow people to pay almost no tax due to lax legislation as well as almost no oversight of local tax authorities. Add to that the extremely transparent Swiss tax arrangement, and you see why opening bases in Western Europe is difficult for them.

Because if they want to attract people to fly for them in the West, they will have to offer the same (or better) net salary that they pay in Eastern Europe. But with real taxes and not just 0-5% Swiss tax and some mini social contributions, this will increase their costs by up to 50%.

There is no capacity in Eastern Europe for 300 additional LCC aircraft.
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 15:30
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If they want to expand and contract all the experience pilots they need for all that airplanes they need to offer, bases or good commuting or money. There is no magic formulas
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 17:45
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5 crew / aircraft means 2740 pilots…. Good luck with that !
In terms of expansion, Indeed, is there space for such an increase in capacity just for the Central/Eastern European market?.... For sure there are not going to start flying MAD-AMS which would be completly away from their original business model....
(From Eastern Europe, the A321XLR apparently may do India but transatlantic is out of question according to their CEO as it is a saturated market)
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 18:21
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They compete with EZY at Luton, have mirrored the routes to KEF, TLV, LIS, KRK and OPO at least.
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 18:55
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I attended Ryanair presentation last week. They also spoke about massive orders of MAX-200 Boeings. It's definitely not tens of aircrafts but hundreds. So it seems there is still some market for expansion if the company is planning such investments in the near future. BTW, Ryian's salary for 600-hour FO is ~70k per year. How does that compare to Wizz CPT's salary? To me it looks like Wizz captains earn less than that...
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 20:57
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Originally Posted by eiffel View Post
Current fleet 104 aircraft in service. ORDERS: 274 AIRCRAFT !!! Crazy!
No other airline has such orders…. It leaves Ryanair and EasyJet well behind in terms of expansion….
Where are they going to expand since at present they are only operating in niche markets….
eiffel
Well, as a RYR driver I can tell you that we have already more (in service plus orders) in service. Much more.

Some other guys mentioned it already, in Western Europe you are more and more forced "to play the game", means play it clean, pay correct taxes and social contributions. Wizz is still not doing that and hiding in the East(because there it might be still possible). I assume the Vienna base has a Austrian contract(or something similar), otherwise the tax man would be very mad(and a mad tax man makes mad pilots ).

So no, Wizz is not real competion for Easy and Ryan. Just 2 very different "playing fields". Ryan starts moving into the East(RYR Sun), Wizz has 2 western bases(3 if you call Budapest West as well as I do).

RYR has big plans for the future with an order for the MAX(or however they will call it after that disaster), I am sure Easy has similar plans.
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 23:01
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As of today Wizz Air Group has 114 aircraft (10 at WUK) and will have 120 in a few weeks (vs. 476 at FR and 327 at Easy).
However the difference in seat capacity is a lot smaller (Wizz already operates ~40 321s with 230/239 seats vs. lower capacity 738/319s at FR/U2) which will decrease further as nearly all deliveries from now on will be Y239 A321neos (while even the MAX will be only Y197). IMHO Ryanair should already call Wizz competition with like 150 daily flights to/from the UK and a lot of common bases.
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 23:22
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I am not saying Ryanair is better/worse. I am just looking at relative fleet increase (ie capacity) compared to existing ones. (Ryanair has 450 airframes and orders will bring that number to 585. So a 30% increase in total). Taking into account 75 of their order will be replacement, Wizz has a 200% fleet increase....where will these extra seats go?! They are operating in an already very constraint market (ie Easter Europe). The London base is just an UK AOC set up to operate under Brexit. Maybe I am wrong, but I don’t see Wizz doing the same thing in CDG, FRA, AMS... So if they stay within their niche in Central/Eastern Europe, this huge increase in capacity remains a mystery....
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Old 9th Jul 2019, 08:21
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Does anyone have experience commuting with wizz air? Is there a specific roster pattern that allows this. Lets say you found a base with atleast one dct flight to home/day. Will wizz air indulge this or do you have to pretend you live where your based?
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Old 9th Jul 2019, 10:26
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Does anybody have an interview with Wizz on the 15th-16th of August and if so are you interested in pairing up for a practice sim the day before in Budapest? I believe there is a sim company there that does ASSESSMENT TRAINING for prep work before an interview and is 149 euro per person for 2 30 min briefing sessions and 1 hour sim.

If you are keen please pm me.

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