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User currently offlineROSWELL41 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 826 posts, RR: 1
Posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

With labor restrictions and citizenship requirements, are American pilots ever hired by foreign airlines. For instance, could Capt. John Doe from UAL apply for a job with British Airways?



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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2592 times:

This smae topic is in the TechOps forum.

Yes, there are more American pilots flying for forriegns than I thought. However, you may need your JAA, and appropriate VISAS. Also, they have high hour requirements.

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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

It is not quite that easy, you will need JAA license to work for BA, and the right to live and work in the EU. Also BA is not hiring right now, my application is in (and froen)!

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

Perfectly possible, and I personally know that it does happen.

On my flight to Riyadh with BA last year, the skipper hailed from Florida (and very nice chap he was too-allowed me to jumpseat the landing at RUH).

On an Airtours 757 flight to Alicante from Birmingham, again, the Skipper was American, this time from Rochester (NY?)

I don't beleive you need to take up British citizenship-you merely need the right to live & work in the UK (work permit).

AFAIK, the UK regards Pilots as Professionals, and under this category, it is not difficult to obtain a UK work permit, all other factors remaining equal.

Having said this (and specifically regarding the US & UK), I would have thought the net movement of pilots would be westwards, towards the American airlines, which appear to offer much better money.

Having said that, the BA skipper on the flight to Saudi said he had wanted a change of lifestyle, and enjoyed living in the UK. BA perhaps offers attractive routes or a/c to pilots of other nationalities-I really don't know.

There are plenty of Americans working for Cathay and Emirates (or there used to be, anyway).


p.s. Now that I remember, the skipper on my AA 738 flight to SEA from ORD was British-funny hearing a Lancashire accent so far from home! Big grin

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

I would really love to fly For British Airways or even better Virgin Atlantic!  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1091 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

Rumour has it that if you are willing to live in south america you could work for a latin american airline if you are an american pilot. Some South American airlines have lower hour hiring minimums.

User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2492 times:

One of the pilots of the ill-fated Mozart (the NG 767 that crashed in Thailand) was American.

User currently offlineAlbatross From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2000, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2473 times:

Yes, an Ex-EASTERN pilot.

User currently offlineKirstey From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2468 times:

More chance of working for a British Airline if you are croation, Romanian 7 willing to fly for very little money!

Seriously though I fly with a few US captains with BA. A fair few FOs around as well. More likely to get a job as Jenifer Lopez's personal sex slave these days though!

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