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Ok, situation is my Uni course requires me to attend 6-8months Industrial Placement within any professional engineering company. Seeing as a key component to all airline operations is safety, I want to base my placement within an airlines engineering/operations department. My problem though, is that airlines are blooming hard to get through to! I started searching through the Star Alliance members' sites but it seems all they want you to do is either phone them or send them an email online - and it's rather hard explaining my situation and trying to persuade them to take me on that way. So my question is (finally): does anyone know of any large database sites that have all the addresses of Airlines bases? Or does anyone know how I can easily find an Airlines bases address? I'm preferably looking for a placement in an English speaking country as I'm, well, lazy and don't want to end up with someone like Aeroflot :p Thanks in advance all!
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If your university library has Flight International archived then you could go through EITHER, their maintenance directories (of which there are three annually, covering areas of the world, but published at three points through the year), or you can look at their World Airline Directory (again, three publications, although all follow each other over a three week period), through those you will get addresses. To be honest, if you need to phone or e-mail then do so, I'm not sure what you can say in a letter that you cannot in an e-mail?! If you have to ring them then simply as them if they do placements, and if so whether they would be happy to receive a copy of your CV. When I looked for my placement I fired off ALOT of letters because not many companies run such schemes, and in particular airlines tend not to because of the added cost burden, especially within a specialism such as yours. Perhaps you may be better considering one of the specialist maintenance companies rtaher than an airline?
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Anyone got an engineering placement they want to give me ?:D
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Thanks for that rdc, i'll try those out