Photo © Sam Chui
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*Picture on the left is Singapore Airlines senior pilot-Captain Robert Ting who flew SQ's first A380 from Toulouse to Changi and commanded the first revenue flight to Sydney.
Singapore Airlines Senior Captain flying an A380 earns a base salary of (US)$10,855 per month. This is $458 more than a captain that's piloting their 747 aircraft. A First Officer on the A380 earns $351 more than his counter-part on the 747.
Back in May 07, Singapore Airlines tried to end the pay disparity on different wide-body types to facilitate pilot transition to all aircraft within their fleet. However opposition by Singapore's ALPA (Airline Pilots Association) blocked that move and won a court injunction in their favor through arbitration. The pilots union was also trying to seek a monthly salary range of (US)$8,618 to $14,220 for A380 Captains based on longevity.
Singapore Airlines still contends that it is difficult to have pilots on their 747 switch to the Triple-7s because their base pay is lower.
Also back in May, ALPA-Singapore union argued that pilots flying larger aircrafts have the added responsibilities of greater passenger capacity and should be paid more. SIA disagreed, saying that due to advances in technology, flying the A380 is no more difficult than other aircrafts in their fleet.
Singapore Airlines is Asia's most profitable air carrier.....It posted a net profit of (US)$1.7 billion in fiscal year ending March 31, 2007.
So....What how much does Captain Ting earns??
Base salary: $10,855.00 / month (also SQ salary cap**) ---because he's a senior pilot.
Max flying hours: 60 /month
Hourly pay: $180.91
** Captain Ting has been flying for SQ over 20 years and has flown every wide-body type in their fleet.
Let's compare Captain Ting's A380 salary to that of a United Airlines captain who commands a 747-400 after only 11 years with UA.
Base salary: $11,960.00 / month
Max flying hours 65 /month (also minimum guarantee)
Hourly pay: $184.00
Now lets compare these two with a Qantas Airways captain who also commands a 747-400 after 11 years with QF.
Base salary: $11,520.00
Max flying hours: 65
Hourly pay: $177.24
***All figures were converted into US$
US$ 1 = S$1.451
US$ 1 = $0.86041 AUS
I am certain the A380 pilots will be on the bargaining table as more Super Jumbos are received in 2008.