Island Air Question

ShizeyMcPilot

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Hi. I have an interview with Island Air in HNL in two weeks and am wondering if someone could tell me a little bit about the airline such as QOL, contract hightlights, or upgrade times. Also, is there a training contract? thanks.
 
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You would probably do better putting this thread under the regional forum. Also If you use the search function in the upper right side of this page you will find most all of your answers to your questions on Island Air.

That aside...most people who work here will tell you that why you want to be here should be the deciding factor to come. The answer should be something like...I love surfing and will put up with anything to do so. Also a good reason would be loving the weather and the water. Another would be I am looking for an island girl and can't find them in Ohio. If you are just coming out to have a regional job than Island Air is probably not for you. The lifestyle can be very good if the above things are important.


P.S. Generally if you meet the mins of 3000tt/1000me than you will be cross trained as a captain upon hire. When you actually sit as one is dependant on a lot of factors. Upgrade after a year with the company is 2500tt/500me. Also there is no training contract. Good luck on your interview.
 
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KnowledgeSeeker said:
I love surfing and will put up with anything to do so. Also a good reason would be loving the weather and the water.
You even need to put up with 807 and 808. (world's highest cycle DHC-8s)

KnowledgeSeeker said:
Another would be I am looking for an island girl and can't find them in Ohio.
Good luck on this one. You're probably better off in Columbus, Ohio.

KnowledgeSeeker said:
If you are just coming out to have a regional job than Island Air is probably not for you. The lifestyle can be very good if the above things are important.
The pay's not real good, the summer schedule's a mess, there aren't enough reserves, etc. Oh, by the way, a studio apartment will run you over $1000.

Good luck.
 
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Ahhh, Just my point...you are willing to put up with all of that because you like to surf.
 

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HaHa. Thanks for the info guys. My #1 reason for Island Air is to upgrade to captain (I need the PIC time...) I have the minimums for captain by far but I have heard conflicting stories on upgrade time. Some say it will take forever and some say will be immediate...

The real problem here is I don't really want to move to HNL and would rather stay here in Chicago so I am thinking about canceling the interview. But if the upgrade opportunities are true I may stick with it.

Thanks

S McP
 

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Why not go to Colgan instead if you want the instant upgrade? Then you wouldn't have to move to HNL.
 

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What she said.

Guaranteed that you're not going to get an insta-upgrade at WP in the near future. They may type you in sim but you'll sit right seat for a LONG time as there are plenty of people to upgrade and the seniority list has stagnated.
 

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On the bright side, if you wanna fly a Boeing, and earn 6 digits as an FO, Island air is the fastest way to get to Aloha. Aloha IS the best kept secret around. Excellent upgrade oppertunity, brandnew 737-700s, and possibly 787s. That said, Aloha is also the fastest way to get you furloughed, which is why this thread belongs here.
 

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ShizeyMcPilot said:
The real problem here is I don't really want to move to HNL and would rather stay here in Chicago so I am thinking about canceling the interview. But if the upgrade opportunities are true I may stick with it.

S McP
If you don't want to move to HNL then forget it. Otherwise, go and make it a good experience. Never turn down a job you haven't been offered!
 

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Trash8Mofo said:
On the bright side, if you wanna fly a Boeing, and earn 6 digits as an FO, Island air is the fastest way to get to Aloha. Aloha IS the best kept secret around. Excellent upgrade oppertunity, brandnew 737-700s, and possibly 787s. That said, Aloha is also the fastest way to get you furloughed, which is why this thread belongs here.
Buddy at Oakland Center said he worked an Aloha -700 today heading to Victorville, CA (to be mothballed?).
 

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My friend at Aloha flew a -700 today to be returned to the lessor. Must be the same one.
 

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Yep, that was me.

We returned N750AL to GECAS. It's a brand-spanking new B737-700 off the assembly line last year.

Ironically, the airplane in my avatar is N749AL which was returned a couple months ago left VCV yesterday as it was being delivered to Singapore.
 

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I really should have applied last year. Back in Chicago now, so "welcome to the great state of depression." I'll have to dive in the Island Air thread in the regionals section to get the goods on Aloha and HAL. Future bleak for both?
 

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Trash8Mofo said:
On the bright side, if you wanna fly a Boeing, and earn 6 digits as an FO, Island air is the fastest way to get to Aloha. Aloha IS the best kept secret around. Excellent upgrade oppertunity, brandnew 737-700s, and possibly 787s. That said, Aloha is also the fastest way to get you furloughed, which is why this thread belongs here.
My God it's always good to hear your positive spin on AQ. It may be total BS but, hey, if you're dreaming, you might as well dream big. 787s.............
 

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ShizeyMcPilot said:
LOL. See what I mean by conflicting stories...;)
Well, just cancel your interview then. LOL!
 

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Well, just cancel your interview then. LOL!
Yep. Save yourself the $$ you'd spend to fly out here. If you only come here for the quick upgrade (that won't happen), you won't like it and you'll likely not fit in. In fact, for what you'll make as a first year FO and the cost of living, if you're not living here with your family already, I wouldn't recommend making the move.

Just my $.02.
 

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Yeah that's kinda what I've been thinkin lately. But thanks for the insight. Remember it's when I hear good, positve stuff about it that makes the decision to go difficult.

Hold on BRB... gotta go make a phone call... ;)
 
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