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Old 11th Sep 2018, 12:55
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Advice from Easyjet pilots.

I am considering a move from my current Long Haul operator into a short haul only operator.
The reasons being that I'm finding it very difficult to manage my family life due to number of nights that I spend away from base every month, all the sleepless nights (night flying, jet lag, etc.) and the low number of sectors that I get to fly on a given roster. I am Airbus rated, UK based so Easyjet seems like the most obvious option.
Can anyone give me an insight of what is it like to work for Easyjet, roster patterns, work atmosphere, number of flights through the night (I don't have a problem with early starts) per month, company's future prospects, anything else you'd find useful, etc.
Please feel free to pm me if don't want to post your reply here.
Many thanks in advance!
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Old 11th Sep 2018, 13:31
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It depends on the base, but you would probably get LGW.

- You might have the odd nightstop, but most of days you can sleep at home, fixed 5ON-4OFF , 5ON-3OFF pattern
- Hard work as you can imagine, so do not worry about few sectors
- In general good working atmosphere, and most of the day great and professional colleagues to work with
- There are some night flights, and some very early starts
- Regional bases may offer a better work / lifestyle ratio but more difficult to get
- Like everywhere some con and pros, but a good and stable airline to work for
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Old 11th Sep 2018, 15:33
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Hi all,

How easy would be to get a base transfer if you start at LGW as a captain to OPO/LIS?
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Old 11th Sep 2018, 15:45
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Hi all,

How easy would be to get a base transfer if you start at LGW as a captain to OPO/LIS?
Very easy.
You can even start directly from OPO/LIS.
It is not very popular.
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Depending how you're wired up, your body will feel the extra sectors very quickly and you'll soon realise may be the grass wasn't so greener in the world of shorthaul after all. 2 or 4 sector flying 4-5 days in a row requires a certain type with plenty of energy and stamina. The younger, the better...
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Old 11th Sep 2018, 17:36
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Thks guys for the info.
As a rough estimate, would someone be able to tell me roughly how many red eye turnarounds (start a duty around 2200h and finish in the morning) do you guys get rostered for per month?
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Old 11th Sep 2018, 17:55
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Thks guys for the info.
As a rough estimate, would someone be able to tell me roughly how many red eye turnarounds (start a duty around 2200h and finish in the morning) do you guys get rostered for per month?
2.5 years. Local base and big base. None
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Old 11th Sep 2018, 18:56
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Thanks Danny212!
That's music to my ears
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Old 11th Sep 2018, 19:34
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Another thing, we have a bidding system in most bases.

You are able to bid for earlies, lates, nightstops, etc...

In LGW which is our biggest base I normally bid for earlies and very rarely do I have to do a late so if you want to avoid late finishes that helps a lot (it does come with a lot of early wakeups).
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Old 11th Sep 2018, 19:40
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That system makes a lot of sense. I had heard from other Easy pilots that it wasn't possible do bid for that kind of roster but obviously things must have changed. Tks guys!
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Originally Posted by emanuelc1 View Post
how many red eye turnarounds (start a duty around 2200h and finish in the morning) do you guys get rostered for per month?
Never.

I vaguely recall a CC telling me about a duty out of LGW (IBZ rings a bell) that was a red eye that finished in the morning but it was years ago, I don't think it operates anymore.

Latest start I've had is 1800L.

Operating beyond roughly 0330L would be the fault of delays and discretion.

We're not a through the night red eye airline, although saying that some of the earlies start really bloody early.
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Old 11th Sep 2018, 19:53
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Yes I understand that. It's nature of the business. Sometimes things don't go as planned. Very good compared to my present outfit. Every round trip involves one LH flight through the night without many opportunities to sleep (due to several reasons) and I'm doing 4-5 of those per month. Some people are able to recover from these trips better than others. I personally struggle. Not hoping that the grass will be greener at Easy but just a different type of grass that suits me better.
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Old 11th Sep 2018, 19:58
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I totally understand that very earlies are a pain but I still think that it is preferable to go to bed early and try to get a little sleep than no sleep at all. That's my opinion but time shall tell
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Old 11th Sep 2018, 21:25
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If you make the jump it would be very interesting to have you report back in due course.
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Old 11th Sep 2018, 21:34
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I will! But first need to get through the hoops of the recruitment process.
One more question, do you have any concessions regarding flights or other businesses?
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Old 12th Sep 2018, 08:57
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Why not try the likes of Thomas Cook? They have Airbus and that would likely be a different lifestyle to EasyJet. Busy summer doing 2 sector days followed by a quieter winter and of course a bit of long haul if you should ever want it again. Hell, why not try TUI even! While they operate Boeings, at present you won’t need a a Boeing type rating.
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Old 12th Sep 2018, 09:30
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. first need to get through the hoops of the recruitment process.
Unless you have a simple residency and career history, that's a bigger hurdle than you might imagine. (You were in HK)? I believe easy use an agency for background checking who endlessly go round and round in circles, re-asking for the same documents you've already provided, or harassing your referees again and again because eg dates don't exactly tally. Non UK residency is another layer of hassle - these guys are notorious, and much the worst I've ever been subjected to. BA use them too.
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Old 12th Sep 2018, 09:34
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Originally Posted by emanuelc1 View Post
I will! But first need to get through the hoops of the recruitment process.
One more question, do you have any concessions regarding flights or other businesses?
Limited to easyJet only I'm afraid. You have an option for either STAFF or STANDBY. You can nominate 3 people on your concessions list, and this can be changed upto 20 times a year!!!
STAFF - Confirmed ticket (offloaded incase they over-sell but this has never happened to me. Between £15-29 one way. Difficult to obtain in the summer months, but when you do, you're looking at standard fares of £200+ so it's a massive saving. In the winter, go anywhere.
STANDBY - The clue is in the title. Never used it myself. Risky in the summer as flights are normally full.

Discounts on hotels around the network...they're OKAY, only used a handful of times but it's nice to have the option.

Apart from the summer, it's pretty damn good! Especially with the flexibility of names on your list!
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Old 12th Sep 2018, 10:43
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Great! Thanks a lot guys. Loads of good info here
The referencing process is awful. I went through the same sort of stuff when I was trying to obtain my Airport ID.
I'm UK based and been here for 1.5 years now. Normally these agencies want to know everything that happened in past 5 years of our existence.
Sorry to be a pain guys but another question just crept up.
How easy (or difficult) is to go part time with this company? As FO? Capt?
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Old 12th Sep 2018, 11:42
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PT is available, subject to availability.
My advise is to join BALPA, it can help to get it quicker.
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