ROSWELL41
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US Pilots Hired By Foreign Airlines

Thu Dec 06, 2001 8:12 am

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?

Thanks

Mike
 
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RE: US Pilots Hired By Foreign Airlines

Thu Dec 06, 2001 8:19 am

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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RE: US Pilots Hired By Foreign Airlines

Thu Dec 06, 2001 8:24 am

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)!
Iain
 
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RE: US Pilots Hired By Foreign Airlines

Thu Dec 06, 2001 8:28 am

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).

Regards

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
 
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RE: US Pilots Hired By Foreign Airlines

Thu Dec 06, 2001 11:41 am

I would really love to fly For British Airways or even better Virgin Atlantic!  Big thumbs up
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RE: US Pilots Hired By Foreign Airlines

Thu Dec 06, 2001 12:56 pm

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.
 
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RE: US Pilots Hired By Foreign Airlines

Thu Dec 06, 2001 10:46 pm

One of the pilots of the ill-fated Mozart (the NG 767 that crashed in Thailand) was American.
Daniel
 
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RE: US Pilots Hired By Foreign Airlines

Fri Dec 07, 2001 1:16 am

Yes, an Ex-EASTERN pilot.
 
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RE: US Pilots Hired By Foreign Airlines

Fri Dec 07, 2001 1:36 am

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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