Kuba74 From Poland, joined Mar 2000, 432 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1850 times:
What is the policy of world`s major airlines considered as "national carriers" in hiring foreign pilots? I suppose there are some EU regulations that forbid this sort of discrimination but I`m not quite sure. Is this the part of nation`s pride to employ only native pilots?
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1777 times:
A lot of Asian airlines, for example, have British, Australian and New Zealand crews, among others. SQ has crews from a number of nationalities. Following the pilots strike in Australia some years ago, the flight crew announcements started coming over in European and American accents, and still did, on Ansett anyway, until very recently. Air Pacific used QF crerws until local crews took over, etc., etc.
I think most national carriers would probably like to employ predominantly local crews, but, depending on the size of the airline, it's not often a realistic proposition, at least in the short term. I imagine it's not an issue in countries such as the USA, Britain, etc.?
9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1729 times:
On my flights with SQ, the pilots mostly had a british accent but I´ve seen asian people in their cockpits as well.
I know that there are a couple of foreign pilots flying for Lufthansa City Line and I´m sure that, like GRZ-AIR already mentioned, there is no reason why an austrian or dutch pilot wouldn´t be able to get hired by BA, LH or AF.
Patroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1646 times:
Many European carriers have pilots from all over the world, provided that their license is valid in the respective home country of the airline. Our company has people from many places in Europe, but also from the USA or South Africa for example. There is normally no such thing that for example a Lufthansa pilot must be German, I guess however that it is a prerequesite to speak the national language.
Parra From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1525 times:
Also remember that many people from the former colonies of the United Kingdom may sound British especially to American ears. I'm British and live in the USA and I get asked at least three times a day "What part of Australia are you from?". Listening to a pilots accent on the PA is not necessarily an indicator of nationality.
NZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1516 times:
When their first 777s were delivered, Cathays 777 fleet manager was a Kiwi.
Parra, I can relate to that.
I'm a New Zealander and because of my complexion, I've been mistaken for a Puerto Rican in Honolulu, and due to my accent, for a Brit there as well (although my father comes from Manchester).
ETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2077 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1503 times:
Parra- it's got nothing to do with discrimination and all to do with work permits. You just can't rock up to another country and expect to live there if you are not a citizen of that country (exceptions: Australia and New Zealand, the EU). However, if an airline has a shortage of pilots and needs to sponsor foreigners, then that's a different matter.