When can I expect to be upgraded to Captain?
The minimum requirements for upgrade to Command are:
a. Possession of a valid UAE ATPL.
b. 6,000 hours Total Time (Note 1, Note 2).
c. 2,500 hours Emirates operating time and 3 years’ service in Emirates, on any fleet (Note 2).
d. Four satisfactory PPCs in Emirates on any aircraft type.
e. Two satisfactory manual handling simulator sessions on any Emirates aircraft type.
f. 1000 hours Emirates operating time on the fleet on which the upgrade is planned.
g. Two satisfactory PPCs on the fleet in which the upgrade is planned (Note 2).
The minimum requirements for upgrade to Command on the Airbus A380:
a. 6,000 hours Total Time (Note 1, Note 2).
b. 3,000 EK hours of which 2,500 hours must be on EK A380.
c. Four satisfactory PPCs on EK A380.
d. Two satisfactory manual handling simulator sessions on EK A380.
e. Approval by the Upgrade Review Committee.
Note 1: Total Time is defined as all flying as P1 and/or P2, excluding single and multi-engine piston.
Note 2: No alleviations of SFI, non-EK P3, FEO, or any other credits or reductions are allowed to any hours criteria.
How does the rostering system work?
The rostering system is a rotating cycle, so each group becomes the top priority for bidding (favourite flights, etc.) every 5 months. Within the groups there is a seniority list, however when you are in the top most group, you have a strong chance of receiving the duties you request. Bid preferences include: Destination, Regions, Days off, requesting pairing length, check-in time, etc. Reserve/standby is usually rostered for each group every 10 months or there about for duration of 35 days which will be allocated in the bottom bid groups.