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Old 1st May 2020, 16:36
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Working in China!

As someone who will very shortly be looking for work. A320 Captain with 700 PIC on type China is likely to be my only option for a few years. Can anyone shed some light on what itís like to work there, language barriers, Companies to avoid/target, recruitment processes, basically anything useful you can think of. I have worked in the ME before but never the Far East and before CV hit I never thought I would be looking for a new job so my knowledge of the Chinese market is very limited.

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.
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Old 1st May 2020, 16:37
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As a heads up, not sure if you have looked in the past, but with that amount of PIC time you are probably looking at a return to the RHS with any Chinese airline.
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Old 1st May 2020, 17:18
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Oh right. I did not think China took non nationals in to the RHS. I had a quick look most 320 operators seem to be asking for 500 PIC on type.
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Old 1st May 2020, 18:32
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As far as I'm aware (and I might be wrong) of the substantial number of redundant Thomas Cook pilots who looked at China, not one actually went. Took too long, too many obstructions etc. Try Jetstar Japan.
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Old 1st May 2020, 19:53
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Oh right. I did not think China took non nationals in to the RHS. I had a quick look most 320 operators seem to be asking for 500 PIC on type.
Maybe I was only looking at the heavy jets for direct entry captains, but I'm sure most DEC big jets were requiring a few thousand hours PIC. Happy to be wrong, hope it works out for you.
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Old 1st May 2020, 21:01
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Maybe I was only looking at the heavy jets for direct entry captains, but I'm sure most DEC big jets were requiring a few thousand hours PIC. Happy to be wrong, hope it works out for you.
The A320 operators seem to want either 500 or 1000 PIC. Itís a bit of a moot point though as all the expats were sent home in December and not much has happened since. I doubt anyone who loses a job in Europe will walk into a Chinese one...
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Old 1st May 2020, 23:25
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Originally Posted by Enzo999 View Post
As someone who will very shortly be looking for work. A320 Captain with 700 PIC on type China is likely to be my only option for a few years. Can anyone shed some light on what itís like to work there, language barriers, Companies to avoid/target, recruitment processes, basically anything useful you can think of. I have worked in the ME before but never the Far East and before CV hit I never thought I would be looking for a new job so my knowledge of the Chinese market is very limited.

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.
It's gonna take almost 12 months for you to complete all the screening and the training to be ready to fly. By that time, you will be probably back flying to your previous airline.
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Old 1st May 2020, 23:59
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Originally Posted by Enzo999 View Post
As someone who will very shortly be looking for work. A320 Captain with 700 PIC on type China is likely to be my only option for a few years. Can anyone shed some light on what itís like to work there, language barriers, Companies to avoid/target, recruitment processes, basically anything useful you can think of. I have worked in the ME before but never the Far East and before CV hit I never thought I would be looking for a new job so my knowledge of the Chinese market is very limited.

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.
Donít want to sound pessimistic, but what makes you think China will be hiring anytime soon?
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Old 2nd May 2020, 01:33
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A lot BS here guys. Not all Chinese companies furloughed pilots. Mostly the Hainan group ones did but they are already recalling some people. Most of the other smaller companies retained all expats on full pay.

You very much can join a Chinese company with the bare minimum PIC hours. They really don't care about high levels of experience. High time guys tend to struggle with the Chinese authority sim check because of their biases and expectations. China does it differently. RHS has been possible in the recent past though unlikely going forward.

Europeans (and particularly the British) are surprisingly one of smallest foreign demographic here. You have to go through an obscene amount of BS to get a job here. Patience and perseverance more than anything.

Two airlines are hiring right now. Loong Air and Sichuan Airlines, but as mentioned above it takes a year to start and probably longer right now.
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Old 2nd May 2020, 04:40
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Old 3rd May 2020, 13:22
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Peach air Japan want A320 folk. 5-7 months out there licence con version , training. Long time to be away if you have fam
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