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Old 31st Oct 2021, 11:13
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mentioning a disaster in my opinion is not really professional and what we need after the last 2 years in aviation.
Anyways, recruiting department is doing all it takes to get as many as possible onboard; the problem is that there are not enough trainers, even with external aid things run unfortunately slower.
No excellence is looked after during screenings imho, simply reliable and professional people with the right attitude. I am ex ME and i saw former colleagues coming here with the wrong attitude, they all failed. Hopefully they will fly again in the desert soon and i wish them best of luck.
Also, if you are a Captain with XXXXX hours and you cannot decode a taf or don't know a bunch of Lido symbols, well, then you have a problem, not only with Wizz Air.
If you have a level 6 on your license but during the interview you speak clearly like a level 4, again, you have a problem.
There is a false myth going on here; Wizz recruitment is not for astronauts, it is simply for well prepared pilots. If anybody come to Budapest thinking its a walk in the park simply because they arrive from a super legacy, here you have a surprise, and i saw it myself during my screening back in summer.
Things will improve, they have to, next year will be a test for all airlines. I am sure Wizz Air will continue to suck as many pilots as possible in the next months, both rated and NTR.
About reputation, we may have a crap reputation, but still i see candidates from Airlines with a "better reputation" at the screening sessions in Budapest, sweating for an interview.
Lesson one, never spit in the air, because it will come back to you.
Wizz is the only carrier actively looking for pilots, both experienced and cadet level. The others are still in survival mode. Take it as it is, a job opportunity in a dark moment. No ego allowed.
Training is well structured and aircrafts have a clean techlog most of the times.

Best of luck to all those who will give it a try.

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Old 31st Oct 2021, 16:46
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Believe me, I am all for the truth.

The 29th October 2019 was also after daylight savings time ended, and under the winter schedule. Today, the first day of the winter schedule this year, there are approx. 560 flights, and that includes Wizz Air Abu Dhabi. From your own link, you can easily see that the only week in which Wizz was flying significantly more than 2019 was the last one, which is due to the delay in changing to the winter schedule as daylight savings time ends.

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Old 31st Oct 2021, 17:02
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This is what enrages me: "the right attitude". Having flown for Wizzair some time ago and now enjoying a decent outfit uninterrupted by the pandemic I can tell the difference. The right attitude is this context means to be totally subjugated in a totalitarian, authoritarian and punishing system. They will warn you, they will threaten you and they will not support you. Instead of promoting and motivating you the trainers are waiting and actively looking for your mistakes to criticize and downgrade you. While I was there the airline did not use Airbus procedures, making the onboarding much harder. The leadership style is promoting hidden reports to be written which the affected person never gets to see. I my case HR has failed to register me in the health insurance system of the country they have decided to base me in.

If you prefer to go to work every day being afraid to get fired, go ahead. Nobody told me the truth before I joined. This outlines my experience.
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Old 31st Oct 2021, 18:55
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Giuff is coming is already brainwashed in the Middle East to have “the right attitude”.
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Old 31st Oct 2021, 19:04
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You all can think whatever you want.
So far i did not see anything mentioned up here.
No brainwash received, not in the ME, not during my military career. But thats me.
If people think that Wizz is a punitive environment then dont go to the desert or, worse, to the far east.
I see a lot of things changing in here but, hey, this is my personal opinion.
We are all free to choose whats best for us.
I am not here to glorify Wizz, i am just telling the plain truth seen so far.

I won't answer to the tons of private messages received. Sorry but i do not come here often.

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Old 31st Oct 2021, 23:00
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Should we compare an EU company to the chinese or ME ones and be happy that it's (still) a bit less bad?
Let's get back to your opinion in a year or so when you will have your own experience with Wizz.
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Old 1st Nov 2021, 02:30
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How long have you been in Wizzair Giuff?
Not much by what you are writing.
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Old 4th Nov 2021, 18:35
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Half year (ending on 30 September) report is out (125 million EUR loss) therefore it's now easy to check if the company did return to 2019 capacity levels this summer:

Number of aircraft at the end of the period:
2019: 119
2021: 144

Utilisation (block hours per aircraft per day):
2019: 13.37
2021: 7.37

Total block hours
2021: 189,572

Revenue departures
2021: 80,488

Average departures per day per aircraft
2019: 5.6
2021: 3.13

Seat capacity
2021: 16,587,843

It did not. Neither in actual numbers nor in relative figures (considering the fleet growth).
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Old 4th Nov 2021, 18:54
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You forgot to mention that according to their presentation, they are back to 2019 staffing levels, and 70% of people let go decided to return.
So suddenly we're down to the same amount of staff working way less... Go figure;-)
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Old 16th Nov 2021, 03:59
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I wish they'd recall all of those who were let go last year but that is not the fact. A handful of the 265 were called back and yes not everyone decided to return. On the other hand many were still not called back and won't, even if they'd like to and indicated so. Blacklists, redlists, etc. still exist. Major problem IMHO. Despicable to say the least.
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Old 16th Nov 2021, 10:00
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Is there really a plan to reduce the fleet? Otherwise: 144/119*280.663 = 340.000 blh, a possibility to increase (380/190 -1)*100[%] = 80 % over the present levels.

Does that suggest a strong gamble with the investors' money for a market re-shape, or expansion into new territory? Which one then. UK has now the means to protect and build their own industry, Germany is well taken. Turkey covered and North has its own entrepreneurs + actual employment laws. Same cost/accessibility issue in France. Don't think there are any large gains possible in Spain and Italy against EZY, RYR and IAG.

There's good growth for the CEE region, but they also have geographical borders. WZZ is already 2x the size of what it actually operates this year.

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Old 16th Nov 2021, 21:57
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The talking point of the management is "Wizz 500" these days, the "W300" thingy did not last long. Smoke in the mirror, no one will remember them (just like the earlier unfullfilled fleet plans) in 5-10 years.
The big scale (or any scale) market consolidation they expected and kept mentioning for years now did not happen (not even because of covid). The move to west is more or less limited to Italy/Vienna/the UK and already failed in some markets (like Norway, Dortmund, Frankfurt and Salzburg). Abu Dhabi is still quite a small scale operation despite all the hype they try to create. They do not seem to fare any better than the average EU operator during the pandemic, at least 30% of their fleet is still grounded, the re-starting date of several flights are being pushed back repeatedly. Quite a sum was lost on fuel hedging in a few years back, they stopped it, quess what now with the fuel price going up and up... The latest mantra is sustainability and being green which is a blue joke for anyone even remotely familiar with their operation.
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Old 22nd Nov 2021, 08:35
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Are they still offering floating contracts?
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Old 24th Nov 2021, 07:46
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Not sure if true but you would have to be pretty dumb to refuse a concrete job offer at Enter for a potential one in Wizz. Especially when you see how many fail the selection process.
And yes the company needs pilots, growing by 50% in the next few months
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Old 24th Nov 2021, 09:21
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They haven't done that in years as far as I know, and all the floaters were assigned a fixed base
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Old 28th Nov 2021, 16:04
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Several cuts accross the schedule until the end of the winter season. Not enough demand, not enough crew, the only way ahead.
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Old 30th Nov 2021, 18:42
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Any updates with the situation at Wizz ?
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Old 30th Nov 2021, 19:59
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Flying a lot some bases, other less.
Winter + covid wave won't help much. As for the rest, business as usual.
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Old 6th Dec 2021, 23:59
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Hi guys,

Is anyone here who is attending the assessment this week, because it would be a great help if you could tell us something about the computer based technical quiz.

I look forward to hearing from you,

All the best!
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Old 9th Dec 2021, 16:35
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Originally Posted by TBSC View Post
Several cuts accross the schedule until the end of the winter season. Not enough demand, not enough crew, the only way ahead.

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