cbphoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1533 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2957 times:
I would say a pretty good chunk of the captains, especially wide body aircraft, are foreigners or otherwise known as Expats. I know their are quite a few of them that are American, especially at the likes of Air India, Jet Airways, and Kingfisher! So in short to answer the OP question, yes they are hiring a lot! The pay is the same for the most part, although it can get complicated depending if they are hired directly with the company, or with a contracting agent.
COSPN From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2906 times:
I hear they Hired some US ATR guys for USD 10K a month but they quit because no days off and really worked them hard... but for that kind of Cash guess many Expats will do it...Fly an ATR in the US and you will hardly be paid anything..
gr8circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3048 posts, RR: 4 Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2235 times:
Quoting cbphoto (Reply 3): I would say a pretty good chunk of the captains, especially wide body aircraft, are foreigners or otherwise known as Expats
Quoting Mir (Reply 5): India is short on experienced pilots, so they like to hire expat captains to go along with Indian FOs.
I flew to India on 9W back in 2007 and on almost all sectors, we had a westerner (not too sure about nationalities) as commander.....however, during my last trip to India, just 3 months back, I flew several sectors on 9W as well as IT and only on one sector we had a westerner at the controls....all other sectors were Indians....I flew a mix of A330 and 737 flights.....
I would guess the expats are still there, but much less than what it was 2-3 years back.....
Flying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2379 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2128 times:
When 9W started their overseas ops back in 2007, they had a lot of expats. They were mainly US captains and TRI-TRE on the 777 and mainly Europeans on the 330/340 sector (A343 was part of 9W fleet in 2006-2007).
The purpose was to train as many Indian captains and FOs as possible. Nowadays, there are still many expats working for 9W, but most of the flight crew are now Indians.
Haha, yeah right, but last time, they gave July 2010 as the "deadline" to airlines to remove all expats from the fleet.
But then governments own contradicting statement stating "lack of experienced pilots", shifted the deadline from July 2010 to 2011.