Barbro wrote:cougar15 wrote:QuarkFly wrote:Hmmm, so somebody will do more than 8-hour duty with only one spare pilot during a 16- hour flight?
Yup, totally in line with what every Euro legacy carrier has been doing for years! 4 was luxury, 3 is economic reality!
Yeah, this has been happening forever for Euro and, I think, US carriers.
What is the difference, why is it outrageous of ME carriers but not the others? Are EK sectors longer than what AA, BA, AF, etc have? At least they’ve got modern equipment (as do most Euro legacies, of course...).
Bad policies and maltreatment of staff is, of course, unforgiveable, and I hope ppl working there will demand their rights or leave. If the stories here truelly are just the tip of the iceberg, as usually happens, I smell more trbl ahead for EK. Pilot market has turned around quick, what used to be a moderate surplus has now become a shortage. And the aviation press has been sounding warning signs to the effect that candidates are not in abundance any more. Surprise, surprise, a profession in aviation is no longer as lucrative as it used to be.
I wonder why....
Everyone thinks I am an EK fanboy, that is not the case!, but a realist I infact feel much more that there is missed opportunity here for the UAE (EY scenario...) as a whole!
Indeed EK is in trouble and they need to find a solution fast, changes in corporate culture I think are long overdue! And I would hope that some of the fresh blood at EK (SMT) will realize this! The Jockeys are being ´driven into the ground´ and that especially applies to the freight boys who look at their roster each month (with a few surprises).So I am highly critical of EK´s current crew(ing) structures, but at the same time and as anyone with a bit of sence will realise, that is not the reason for "100 triples and 380s " being parked at secret Chinese airbases or at DWC , as many a thread on here would suggest! EK will will evolve, review T&Cs and move forward.. they have little choice!