Wasaya Airways to give industry experience credit to new pilots

Wasaya Airways Press Release | December 1, 2017

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Wasaya Airways has announced an innovative new approach to recruiting pilots.

A Wasaya Airways LP de Havilland Canada Dash-8-100 takes off.
A Wasaya Airways de Havilland Canada Dash-8-100 takes off. Andy Cline Photo

Consistent with its strong growth plan and working with the Air Lines Pilots Association (ALPA), Wasaya will recognize the industry experience of qualified pilots.

“A lot of experienced pilots in the cities we serve are looking to move to Wasaya, a growing healthy company, yet have been held back because making the move would mean a drop to the bottom of the pay and benefits scale. This letter of understanding (LOU), facilitated and coordinated with our friends at ALPA, allows us to bridge the gap for a limited time, welcoming experienced flight officers at our industry leading wages with benefits, by-passing the drop on the pay-scale,” said Michael Rodyniuk, president and chief executive officer of Wasaya Group Inc.

An LOU signed between ALPA and Wasaya allows successful candidates up to 15 years longevity credit (for pay, vacation and scheduling purposes). The LOU applies to external candidates applying on or before Dec. 31, 2017.

“This coordinated effort demonstrates the solid working relationship between Wasaya and ALPA,” said Capt James Harding, ALPA MEC chairman at Wasaya.  “We know this will enhance the work life balance for our members, and allow the company to achieve its growth aspirations in key cities.”

Wasaya said it offers a positive work/life balance, excellent compensation, a team performance award (profit share), jump seat privileges with major carriers, travel perks and a growing, solid, progressive and positive company culture.

With five main bases (Thunder Bay, Ont.; Winnipeg, Man.; and Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Pickle Lake, Ont.) pilots living in these cities can work close to, and return home, most nights.  Commuting pilots can bid rotations featuring up to two weeks on, two weeks off at northern bases.

Wasaya will host an information exchange and open house on Dec. 13 and 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. Eastern time at the Thunder Bay Airport Authority’s Board Room, on the third floor in the terminal building.

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