Looking For A New Crew Job? Check Out NetJets Europe

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Pay scales for corporate and charter pilots are all over the map -- literally -- these days, and last week's announcement by NetJets Europe of its 2007 salary package may see a few U.S. pilots jumping ship -- and the pond. The company last week today announced its new employment package for pilots and flight attendants, highlights of which include salary increases of between 5 and 35 percent for all crew members, plus nine fewer duty days and permanent contracts. According to NetJets Europe, its new "Work/Life Crew Package" is designed to recognize its employees' contributions and to help it "continue to attract and retain the best pilots and flight attendants in the industry." Part of the reason for the increased pay scales is what NetJets Europe calls its rapid expansion. "Over the past five years we have grown from a small private jet company into one of the largest and fastest growing aviation companies in the world. It is thanks to the hard work of every person in this company that we have climbed this mountain," said Chairman and CEO Mark Booth. "These new changes will make NetJets Europe a great place to build a career and positions the company for an exciting future."

Details of the new pay package include starting salaries of 95,000 for captains and 56,500 for first officers plus the opportunity to earn additional income in 2007 by volunteering to work an extra six days during NetJets Europe's busy season. That choice could mean gross income of 101,000 and 60,700, respectively, for captains and F/Os during the coming year. Additional duty days at increased rates of pay may also be available, and the salaries listed are for new hires -- higher compensation is paid to more senior employees, notes NetJets Europe. In all, the company says captains will receive a 10 to 27 percent raise while working nine fewer days each year than previously. Additionally, NetJets Europe says it is providing all crewmembers a permanent contract in 2007, instead of the three-year contract it was issuing previously. Finally, the company says it will continue to allow crewmembers the choice of living in any of 36 approved gateway cities across Europe. All of which should beat riding scheduled shotgun in an Airbus.