PanAm747
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US Pilots Going To Foreign Airlines

Tue Nov 27, 2001 11:52 pm

There was some talk on here a while back about US pilots going to work for Cathay Pacific.

I was wondering, is there any other foreign airlines that US pilots can go to (I know there aren't any openings now).

But I was thinking, would you climb the ladder to a major US airline faster if you flew A340s for Air Jamaica instead of a small freight hauler in the USA?
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RE: US Pilots Going To Foreign Airlines

Wed Nov 28, 2001 6:09 am

I believe US pilots go to Emirates, I hear it is really poular among both western F/A's and flight crews.
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RE: US Pilots Going To Foreign Airlines

Wed Nov 28, 2001 6:20 am

American pilots go to all sorts of airlines-work permits and vacancies permitting.

In fact pilots from all over the world fly for all sorts of airlines. It's true that Emirates probably has a more culturally diverse pilot workforce than some other airlines though.

I have met two American pilots working for UK airlines-one on a BA flight to Riyadh (B777), who came over from Emirates, the other worked at Airtours (B757).

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RE: US Pilots Going To Foreign Airlines

Wed Nov 28, 2001 7:52 am

A lot of US pilots work for European carriers, however as far as I know they all have to have a JAA licence as their FAA ATPL is not sufficient to make it to the flight deck (at least not in Europe).

No offence is ment here, but the European JAA written ATPL (about 1,000hrs of class room courses) is much more difficult then the do-it-yourself multiple choice FAA-ATPL you can study in less then a week. (I did my FAA-ATPL during a vacation in Phoenix Arizona a few years ago) On the other hand you are not required to have as much flying experience as in the USA. Untill the september 11 events you could make it to the right seat of an A320 or B737 at any major airline (LH, AF, BA, ...) with as few as 400hrs flight time on things like cessna, Piper Seneca etc...
You see, it's basically a completely different philosophy.



 
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RE: US Pilots Going To Foreign Airlines

Wed Nov 28, 2001 10:43 am

Wow, that's amazing, I didn't thnk it was that common.

But do you have to give up your US citizenship for it?

What kind of Visas do you need?
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RE: US Pilots Going To Foreign Airlines

Wed Nov 28, 2001 7:42 pm

No, you don't need to give up your citizenhip.

Most will need a visa which allows them to legally work in that country. It's very similar to the arrangements that British Football Clubs have to make, in order to hire foreign players.

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RE: US Pilots Going To Foreign Airlines

Wed Nov 28, 2001 8:37 pm

I hear that for Americans, foreign airlines will only hire them if they are already experienced (usually Captain level). The "low time" pilots that get hired by European and Asian airlines are always their own citizens, and graduates of airline-sponsored training programs. Therefore, a low-time American pilot cannot really use foreign airlines to build time.

Is that correct???
 
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RE: US Pilots Going To Foreign Airlines

Wed Nov 28, 2001 8:41 pm

Sabenapilot......

How are you getting along these days?
I would like to mail you, or you mail me.

Regards.
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