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A Career With A Cargo Airline  
User currently offlineLegRoomPlease From Netherlands, joined Jul 2010, 14 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3627 times:

I would love to to be able to work for an airline. However, considering that I am 31, starting flight training would be a bit late.
Cabin crew position appeals to as much as much as being taken hostage by the Taliban.
My previous experience lies in sales, customer service and operations. I currently hold a consultative sales position.
Hence, I came to the conclusion that my best chance would be with a cargo airline.
My main motivation, besides being an aviation buff, is the chance to fly on regular basis and be a part of a dynamic organization where thinking out of the box is encouraged.

My apologies if I have posted on the wrong forum.

I would be very grateful for any feedback from people working in the industry!

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User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3613 times:

Quoting LegRoomPlease (Thread starter):
Hence, I came to the conclusion that my best chance would be with a cargo airline.

Depends on which co. you're considering. FEDEX's requirements are stiffer than some pax carriers and I would imagine UPS is as well. I have a friend that tried to get hired at FEDEX for a couple of yrs and never got the required turbine PIC hrs so AA hired him! Go figure.


User currently offlineDashTrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1538 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3589 times:

Good cargo companies are just as difficult to get on with as pax airlines. You'll need your ATP, at least 1000 hrs of turbine PIC and several internal recommendations to get even half a glance from these type companies.

If you have a family and a decent career going, I'd stick with it and fly for fun. Flying for a living is difficult if you have any life outside of the cockpit.


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2116 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3508 times:

My best friend flies for a cargo company, he's F/O on the 747. He likes it a lot. Flies around the world with a couple of weeks on, couple of weeks off. As DashTrash states its better if you're single, it didn't work out nearly as well for his marriage. FedEx is well known to be the best paying and consequently the hardest to get into, but there are many other cargo outfits to fly for, like the one he flies for.


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User currently offlinetb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1615 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3431 times:

Freight-dogging. One of the best kept secrets in aviation. The schedule may not always be the best but at least you don't have to deal with people.


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User currently onlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 3572 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3329 times:

Did anybody read his post? He said he did not want to fly says he's too old to start. Just wants an admin/sales/cs job.


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User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3295 times:

Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 5):
He said he did not want to fly says he's too old to start. Just wants an admin/sales/cs job.

You're absolutely right bjorn14 though he did make the statement he could fly occassionally meaning J/S I suppose. That being the case he should understand that at some co.s (Fedex) he may or may not be able to J/S depending on what "part" of the co. he is in.

Thanks for the correction.


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9666 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3263 times:

The world goes way beyond customer service agents, rampers, mechanics, pilots and flight attendants. Those are the most common jobs, but there are many more out there.

Quoting LegRoomPlease (Thread starter):
My previous experience lies in sales, customer service and operations
. I currently hold a consultative sales position.

I would not stick to freight only operators. I would actually recommend that you go to a passenger airline since there are more people employed at them and the logistics at a major airline is very interesting. Airlines usually want to hire people with airline experience, but not everyone has it. If you go look at the top 10 airlines, I am sure you will find jobs supporting sales. A passenger airline is a very complex business. Major airlines usually have thousands of professional staff at headquarters. Just start looking at their websites and see what you can find! JetBlue usually has a ton of open jobs, but all the major airlines are hiring to some degree.



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2966 times:

Ever thought about cargo sales for an airline? Can be passenger airline also, since they also carry cargo on board, and some airlines have a mixed fleet (SQ, TG, BR, CI, KE, CX etc). It's an office job, you might get the chance to fly now and then, but don't expect too much of that.The people who regularly fly, are the pilots. Onboard loadmasters is almost nothing anymore nowadays, on the big companies with the modern fleets... You might have the occasional attendant thing for a special customer/shipment (e.g. artwork, live stock etc), giving you a chance to fly on board.


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2583 times:

Cargo Airlines are more peacefull though less glamourous.....Out here Work is normally more at nights,as these Aircraft fly nights so cargo reach the customers in the day.
regds
MEL.



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