NetJets Pilots Raise the Salary Standard

Business Jet Traveler » February 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:00am

In December, NetJets pilots voted overwhelmingly in support of a major amendment and five-year extension to their collective bargaining agreement with NetJets Aviation. The pilots are represented by Teamsters Local 1108. While the contract was not up for renewal, the two sides nevertheless came together to forge the extension "in the best interests of both parties." NetJets first officers' first-year pay climbs from $39,000 to $56,875 under the seven-days-on/seven-days-off schedule. This eclipses the previously industry-leading salary for new-hire first officers of $40,000 at CitationShares.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy