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Turkish Airlines THY working conditions - worse than announced?

Old 21st Jun 2015, 07:27
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Kirk I think JZR is just rightfully fearing to experience what the hundreds of expat that left THY since the disgraceful time they decided to exploit foreign pilot have experienced. Honesty and fairness towards non Turks are a rare option.
You call it a lack of training capacity I hear a selective one. In fact it would appear locals are proceeding in their training while "yabancies" wait as you said, but paid peanuts ( if you happen not to fly your salary is more that halved) on a beach that in Istanbul simply do not exist.
The Best European Airline for a 5th time in a row and 4 best airline in the world according to incompetent passenger that fortunately do not know what's going on behind that door is still finding it hard to act not according to European standard and world best practices but not even just in accord with basic rules of education and to have a fair and on par approach with foreigners. The delusional world in which many locals live is what is most disturbing. They should really start facing the fact that their training and flight operation department are not really the best as they like to think..quite the opposite. One would think they should start to have some doubt..seen the recent and past events but no.. go to any Turkish aviation forum or on line magazine.. it is always someone else fault. I find immaturity incredibly dangerous if paired with paternalism and a cultural back ground that values seniority over skills and professionalism. You will be looked at with unmotivated contempt while you will be looking at them in the same way for good reasons mostly their crooked way of dealings. And that is an absurd situation.
I stand on my " strong sell" on THY for the substantial presence of chauvinist xenophobic arsoles, the way too strong influence of politics and the way strong military influence. Add to that the non survivable 110 hours roster on narrow body with lack of real commuting option, the expat unfriendliness of Istanbul and we get to the reality that is:
THY is only good for a retired wide body captain looking for some fun and extra cash, for some unlucky Eastern European pilots , desperados of various origin ( at times with forged documents) , and second tier pilots that did not make it in to real airlines or in the Gulf.

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Old 22nd Jun 2015, 10:15
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Arrow Homework for the benefit of my family

@Kirks gusset - good having your post

You are right: "if staff leave and try to book ID tickets outside of the period they are entitled to, then they are blocked". 100% true, I would not do it different.

To avoid misunderstanding, the case I was meaning is different: Within the resigning period this CPT was blocked in several internal web-applications, including staff traveling. Again, within the resigning period, serving the company. To me, that is so much unfair and completely unacceptable. I don`t know, what it is to you....

Also, I understand when you question me, why I think about leaving, before I even applied (little correction, I applied but did not join the interview yet):

I am starting to say, that I am settled, my motivation why to change is to come closer with the job to my family , which is my highest priority.

I try to understand why you would advise me to stay away of the Turkish culture?

I have worked in Turkey before, also my culture is South European, we take things easy as the Turkish Culture does and most of the time, Turkish people are friendly and warm. Still companies within a culture are different, people within a culture are different, and so far I did not see a post where the activities of THY are simply based on the culture.

Let me be more precise in my detailed search to understand the situation in THY, although I did not join the interview yet:

My thinking is, that the interview - except for the important fact that you are accepted or not - does not give a help to the applicant at all to get details about the situation, he might expect after serving the company a year or more.
Personal sources from people inside THY are a very good source, and to communicate in forums as PPRuNe is a further possibility to get more infos, to get more people telling about their experience.
Sure, pilots having experienced negative items might use this forums as a revenge. On the other hand, so many pilots replied within this post, besides some emotional facts, most pilots using friendly words and posting facts that my personal judge is that many facts are true.

All helps me (might not be helping you) to make a decision if should give up my present job with its goodies and badies and go for the risk to end up worse. And I do this evaluation before using important days for the interview which I could use to see my boy and girls at home, plus, if I decided to give it a chance, what is the "exit-scenario" if the trial was negative...

Since I do not belong to the group PORKFLYER mentioned in his last sentence ("is only good for a retired wide body captain looking for ....") I make this homework very detailed and appreciate your help in this.

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Old 22nd Jun 2015, 11:51
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If people are still under notice period normally they have full access to the internal internet as this is required for day to day operations, emails, rosters etc etc. An exception may be if a guy decides to leave, gives 2 months notice, then goes sick, or leaves the country permanently for the entire notice period. In this case there is no reason for him to have access to the systems.

Selective removal from the ID travel system takes positive intervention by HR and this would only be done if there was a reason ( abuse, or as above)

Regarding " exit strategy" simple, when you join you sign a contract, that sets out the terms for leaving and any penalty involved ( balance of training costs, salary penalty, notice period etc)

When I say the " Turkish culture" I am referring not to individual attitudes but the red tape and bureaucratic process that newcomers often find frustrating. For instance you cannot start " training" until you have a work permission, this is linked to your resident permission and can involve trips back and forth to your own embassy etc, in your home country. This is often seen as favouritism towards the Turkish pilots whom are excluded from this process and can thus start training much sooner.

This is huge airline, you will not be a cosy relative of the management, simply a number and a resource, if you take that attitude and accept it, it can work. Expect no favours and if you get any its a pleasant surprise.

In terms of "support" for families, finding schools, housing, etc, I have found the Turkish FOs and colleagues always willing to help, make calls, arrange visits etc, but the HR department is not focused on this area as it is not their responsibility.

If you are prepared to help yourself, things work, on the other hand if you expect to me spoon fed solutions, it does not work.

Personally, I can adjust, my expectations after 6 years are less than when I joined, on the other hand I keep things simple.

A typical issue would be " moving house", this would involve lots of paperwork, visit to Police, Bank, Notary, Cable firm, Water, Electric and trying to get the deposit back from a Landlord is like getting blood from a stone, so its annoying.

In this respect, it may be better to do lots of research before renting to avoid the issue all together, if you rent an old place, chances are it is due to be knocked down.

As observed by others " training standards" can be exacting, and many ex military guys lack the advanced CRM enjoyed in the west, but this is partly a language confidence issue as well.

As for leaving your other job.. thats a decision only you can make..
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Old 22nd Jun 2015, 14:21
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Old 1st Jul 2015, 15:43
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Hi all, Im just wondering if someone working there as an FO would be kind enough to answer 1 or 2 questions (via PM is ok too). I just wanted to know how much the training bond is that you sign (B777 type rated) and what the roster is like for an FO on the B777.
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Old 3rd Jul 2015, 08:14
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Does anyone know what the situation is regarding command upgrades for foreign F/O's? Will the airline give you the chance to go for the upgrade and have any foreigners passed a command upgrade course and are now flying as captains?

I know the requirement for a university degree is there and I'm asking the question assuming that all minimum criteria are met. Is there some sort of fast track to command for experienced F/O's given how short of people THY is in general? Please stick to facts rather than rumours and hearsay.
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Old 3rd Jul 2015, 23:48
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A movie still sadly representative of the abusive and deceptive Turkish attitude...


THY exit interview.


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Old 4th Jul 2015, 11:47
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10% of expat quit in the last six month. Expect an exodus by year end..many FO already committed to other jobs or on screening and many CPT to FR and EZY and so on. Jobs are picking up in Europe. The general consensus is people are fed up of lies and all the meddling and deception. Looks like THY really cannot manage to understand . If nothing changes in their attitude they will end up parking their planes.Still pride will be safe indeed....
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Old 4th Jul 2015, 13:19
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If the ex-pats want to make a stand, they should do what they say are are going to do, this is a general problem with ex-pats in Turkey. Look at SXS Ankara base, " rumours" were all the ex pat Spanish German and Italians would leave after the bonus payment in April, how many left? just 2. Now at THY the 737 guys are looking to go back to Europe but don't want the tax burden, the 777 guys seem happy to continue, can't comment on blunderbus fleet. In terms of numbers, if 100 ex pats left today it would not make any difference to the operation in the long term as there are more than double that in the screenings. Agreed THY needs to improve communication but the company always has, and always will, rely on the " rumour mill" as a means of leaking information so by the time its " official" everyone has become accustomed to the ideas, i.e there are no " bomb shells" The OP was " working conditions " they are basically the same as ever, big bucks, low tax, good string of days off.. this is a different question to " living conditions or quality of life"
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Old 4th Jul 2015, 14:40
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With the number of rated ( and non rated ) pilots Easy and Ryanair are looking for... I fear this time the bomb shell is about to hit .Talking of FO's who would not take a 737 job in Europe now often even with locally paid taxes and pensions and fixed roster getting an upgrade in 12 month. Hope you made your maths accurately. Beside the salary tax paid is now very close if not more than what THY offers here seen the TRY fall.
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Old 4th Jul 2015, 15:22
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Everyone talks the talk but no one walks the walk so things won't improve noticeably anytime soon.

The alternatives are: the lovely sandpit, seasonal contracts in Europe or cockroaches and multi resistant bacteria in the far East.
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Old 4th Jul 2015, 15:42
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So Wet ears, I reckon that will take at least 2 years to get the money back plus thousands of Lira in fees! You know to even get a Notary to authenticate a document is expensive, imagine the cost of trying to get anything into the Turkish Courts! another useless law that is not enforceable in a practical sense..The best advice is not to pay the rent equal to the deposit, even the big Emlaks like Remax and Century 21 agree this is the only way..My deposit money was spent 6 years ago on cigarettes and Raki!
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Old 4th Jul 2015, 16:40
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Wet..its Kirk and his cronies interest to give an idea of Turkey as kind of legal Far West so that they can bully, intimidate, people. It is not. I had the same issue when I resigned . Hired a young lawyer and three month later the deposit was on my bank with interest back home. The fee was quite reasonable and was anyway paid by the landlord by court order. Even when it comes to labor the worker is quite safeguarded... local..or expat I came to know.... Beside the notary if I remember well was 150 TL..75 euro of the time...
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Old 4th Jul 2015, 16:51
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The laws are very different in Turkey, here the tenant is paying the Emlak commission at home the Landlord pays that. Here the tenant has to even put up basic lights and fix worn out items and replace pieces of old crap, at home this is the responsibility of the Landlord. Last year we paid additional sigorta to protect us incase the building burnt down or we flood the flat below (which apparently could be our fault !) and this year when we went to renew we discovered our Landlord had never paid the money over to Alliance, so infact we were never insured.. we went to the police about this, which is basically " theft", the answer was " This is Turkey" . When I leave I will just withhold my rent as I have as much chance to get my 2 months deposit back as go to Mars! And I know HR at THY will not get involved, as you know it takes months for anything legal to happen here. The advice you give is probably sound and legally correct if we worked on a level playing field, alas, sadly, we often don't. Of course not all landlords are crooks, but often they are living in summer house in Bodrum and Izmir and even getting them to Istanbul is nigh impossible.. The company could easily have a bulk deposit scheme with a large Emlak group and shuffle guys around, but they don't want to get involved

And Porky, what the hell have you been smoking! Im not defending the system I'm deploring it! this is not a THY bash it's a statement of fact how things are relating to the property market here. You should be applauding the system if you got such a quick result and praising Turkey, your resolution was far quicker than even in the UK with the deposit protection scheme taking a minimum of 3/4 months if there is a dispute.. well done!
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Old 4th Jul 2015, 17:16
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Porkflyer,in light of this youtube extract you have shared a few posts above whichs treats Turks as PIGS which clearly shows the reasonning behind all your posts, I only hope that our paths,or any of your similar low life scums , never come to cross.
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Old 5th Jul 2015, 12:06
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My dear De Facto ..you are so wrong. I was interested only in the part at minute 2,50 or so..when the guy addresses the court talking about the perception of justice i copied the URL at the minute but it came the full video. The movie Midnight Express is classic of the 70s based on a true story. The protagonist later came many times to Turkey and apologized as the Turkish Government did for his treatment. By playing the religious or ethnic card you are the one telling a lot. My nick name is taken by video game and has nothing to do with religion... you are seeing it. Nobody is denigrating Turkey or the Turkish people this is exclusively about Turkish Airlines, the Best European Airline and the treatment of expatriate pilot ( and forget about 777/330 having a just decent deal). Lets talk about short haul CPT and FOs, the vast majority. You have been constantly lying and deceiving both and this in Europe would be INCONCEIVABLE. So either you stop calling your self European and continue with your third world crooked style.. or change and learn fairness and honesty as simple as that. You are denigrating you own country not us. I read people are again on the go. A friend told me tens are leaving to Doha. Think about it...people working for the Best European Airline leaving for the desert ? Something must be very wrong..ever asked your self the question ..
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Old 5th Jul 2015, 12:44
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Porkflyer,maybe its best you continue and play with your video game then and give it a rest with your continuous anti turkish bullshit.
You must be such a sad individual to be around...
So either you stop calling your self European and continue with your third world crooked style..
My blood cant be of a more pure European decent.,well here you go I am swedish..is that European enough for you?

Doha must be a great place to leave,,,im sure they will love the Airline style and country.
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Old 16th Jul 2015, 05:43
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Hello,

could anyone working for THY on the 737 fleet please contact me via PM, I am looking for info on whether it is actually possible to commute etc I really would greatly appreciate it!
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Old 16th Jul 2015, 08:56
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If three consecutive days off once a month is enough, you might be.
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Old 18th Jul 2015, 15:21
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Latest rumors on the expat radio...mass resignation on all fleets but especially on 737 / 320....
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