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Info on Ryanair (Europe)

JPB

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I am looking for the following info on Ryanair in Europe

1) Base assignment and seniority system
2) Benefits
a) Pay and taxes
b) Retirement
c) Vacations (how many weeks/yr)
d) Travel benefits
3) Bidding system
a) monthly
b) upgrade
4) relationship/pilot group/Co
5) Is commuting an option (inside Europe)

Thx a bunch for your time
 
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legalalien

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Try looking at www.pprune.org for information on Ryanair. It is a British based site with information on airlines around the world. There have been a lot of posting on Ryanair.

You could also look at www.ppjn.com for pay rates / vacation on most european airlines. Just remember Ryanair is in the Itish section.
 

Stby One

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There are a few different options open, either as a contractor or as a permanent employee. The benefits etc are very different depending on your contract. I'll try answer a few of your questions,

Base assignment and seniority system
We have 14 different bases over europe (will soon be alot more), usually you get your base of preference within 6-12 months.

There isn't really any seniority system. You will get your annual leave etc based on date of entry, but when it comes to command upgrade you get your chance as soon as you have 3000 hours (at least 1500 jae/far25), regardless of when you entered the company.

2) Benefits
a) Pay and taxes
Depends on your contract, and if you are based in or outside the UK.

c) Vacations (how many weeks/yr)
You get 29 days per year plus 1 extra day per year after 5 years. The 29 days are working days, which means the days you were supposed to be off are not counted towards these 29 days, which means that if you were to take all your annual leave at once you would get about 50 days off.

d) Travel benefits
Interline

3) Bidding system
No bidding system. We have a roster that is laid down for the next 4 weeks. You always know what days you work since we are kept on a fixed 5on-3off roster (5on-5off for some contracts).

a) monthly
Max 100hours in 28days, 900 hours annualy. (you will fly 900 hours)

b) upgrade
As soon as you have your hours you get a chance at upgrade. If you have jar/far25 experience you can join as a direct entry captain. If you join as a high hour F/O (around 3000 hours), you get your command upgrade after 6 months. This is the way its supposed to be anyways but at the moment we are more short of F/O's than Captains which means it may take a little longer to upgrade. If you join with 200 hours total time you can count on between 3-4 years to upgrade evaluation.

4) relationship/pilot group/Co
We are not unionised at the moment. There is a dispute going on between the pilots and management. You wont notice this very much unless you are based at London stansted or Dublin.

5) Is commuting an option (inside Europe)
It is, however we have no scheduled overnights. You are home every night (except for two nights a year during recurrent training in the UK). The captains that are on a 5on-5off schedule are not based. They are sent around to all our bases. We can jumpseat on any ryanair flight to get to our duty.


If you have a look at pprune you find alot more info. Don't believe everything you read there though. I've been in the company for two years and I'm very happy here. We fly brand new boeings, mostly into small airports with alot of non-precision, circling and visual approaches.
The pay is good, maybe not compared to the us majors, but for europe its above average.
 
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