FLYING IN CHINA

FLYING IN CHINA

FLYING IN CHINA

Airplanes are no different in China than in Europe. However, the handling of the airlines with their pilots is different. Basically, the captain in China is not just an annoying cost factor, the salary is far too high. In China, pilots are in short supply and are accordingly enticed with excellent salaries and part-time models. Of course, working life is different than it is known in europe - this that not mean it is worse. There are procedures that seem a bit strange at first. In the end, however, China operates with a very high safety standard, which is beneficial for the industry as a whole.

Airspace control is almost entirely military. Taking the associated delays as "standard" means the unpleasant surprises are limited. Especially since the quality of ATC is constantly improving.

Many tasks in Europe have to be mastered by the captain alone. In China, however, these are spread over several shoulders. The degree of personal development and influence inevitably decreases, but it also reduces the amount of decisions to be made considerably!

Colleagues differ from region to region or from airline to airline. Usually the co-pilots speak very good English, with the cabin crews this can be different. The number of foreign captains is steadily increasing, usually a good mix of Europeans and South Americans. Basically, the more expats in the company, the more Western the flight operations culture!

One major difference between flying in China and in Europe is the opportunities that are available to each individual. Compared to a european contract, it is quite possible to earn twice as much in half the time. You just have to want it! Man muss es nur wollen!

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