What "major international airline" is still flying Q300s?
Air Canada and Qantas immediately come to mind.
Since they referenced "overseas" I believe in the article, I'm guessing QantasLink would be a good guess.
Generally this is taken care of by a contract that has the airline cover the costs as a "loan" to the pilot, and the pilot has to stay employed for X number of years, or else pay back the costs.
Ah yes, training contracts, the sure sign of a shit employer. If they throw a training contract on it, it's only going to make their situation worse.
These guys won't be getting jobs anywhere due to their hours. If Alaska says "We'll get you flying NOW and cover those costs IF you work for us X number of years", I see nothing wrong with that. I have a friend who is a doctor - she signed a contract to live in a remote village in Alaska for four years in exchange for her tuition expenses. She didn't have to do it, but it was a good fit for her so she did. Who cares? It's the predicament that AS is in, so if they are getting creative to get them out of it, so be it.
We Must be missing something, I just read the hours were an FAA MANDATE!! NO USA Airline gets around it. If you need Pilots?
Then they Have to meet the minimum and an Airline has NO say in the matter! throwing More Money at them is not going to make the matter better .
Even if pilots are leaving the military, they have to have the minimums. If they HAVE the required hours??
They Might not work for Horizon Anyway!! Especially if they can find a job flying Mainline equipment for equivalent salary.
Years ago I had to work my way up as a mechanic through the Military, commuters, and night freight until I could get on with a major. And? it took me some years (about 7)
My nephew just got hired at Delta and he HAS no Experience other than military. So? Times have changed..
The Regional Airlines will BE "jumping through hoops" until the next downturn that allows them to hire more experienced pilots off the street 'Till then?
"Got to Do what you Got to DO"!