About 800 hours a year on average, but to average that out over each of the 12 months is not fair because we fly far more in the Summer months (perhaps 85...90 hours per month) compared to the Winter months (when we are lucky to fly half that).
So from May to October we are working pretty flat out, whereas from November to March it is dead, picking up again in April (like it is now for me). Sometimes in the Winter we can go for 2 or 3 weeks at home with no duties, maybe a standby here and there. Not bad getting paid to do nothing! On the other hand we pay for it in the Summer like I said...
So far I only have my roster to May 15th but there is already 45 hours flying in just those 2 weeks, compare that to last November when I flew 8 hours the whole month!
Scheduled pilots like BA
will fly 60-70 hours a month every month which is much more routine. Also they aren't really restricted when they can take their holiday time but we are only allowed so much time off in the Summer, and so we have to take the bulk of our annual leave between November and April.
I am type rated on both the 757 and 767 (all our pilots are), and I joined in September 1999 as a Second Officer.
As for the livery preference, at first I didn't like the new TUI scheme but I now find it quite attractive, particularly on the 767. It is still nice to fly the old colours as most of the fleet (757s at least) have now been repainted. But the bright blue is here to stay and I do rather like it now. Most of our passengers seem to have positive opinions of it too.
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...