Norwegian Airlines' long haul expansion utilising the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” is well down the track, and in 2014 Norwegian will operate seven B787-8. During the following 3 years, a further ten aircraft will be delivered, bringing the fleet to seventeen B787s.
The introduction of the world’s newest and most advanced airliner on Norwegian’s international routes has also led to a rapid expansion in pilot positions. Over 150 pilots have been recruited and at least another 40 will be required this year.
Rishworth Aviation, a global leader in aircrew recruitment, is the exclusive recruiter of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” pilots for Norwegian. Rishworth’s Regional Director, Captain Torkel Waak, is very happy with the high calibre of candidates applying for professional aircrew positions to support Norwegian’s Long Haul expansion. The company is currently screening candidates for pilot positions on the new B787s and is happy to report high success rates through the screening programme.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join an outstanding team of flight crew professionals with many years of experience flying to some of the best cities in the world including; Bangkok, Copenhagen, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Orlando, Oslo and Stockholm. Later in the year London will be added to the network and from 2016 new B787 services to Barcelona are likely.
The 787 is Boeing’s most fuel efficient airliner, featuring pioneering innovations including improved aerodynamics, greater use of lightweight composite materials and the most sophisticated flight control system on any commercial jet.
For eligible pilots, the course to obtain a B787 Dreamliner type rating takes 24 days, although a current type-rating on other Boeing types can reduce training time by up to 8 days. To qualify for a shortened course applicant pilots must be current on a Boeing fleet with a valid PC and three landings in the last 90 days. Training for Norwegian will be undertaken at the Boeing Training Centres in either, London, Miami or Singapore.
Norwegian is currently seeking Captains, Relief Captains and First Officers for screenings throughout 2014.
"I just wanted to say thanks for your support in getting me into Norwegian Long Haul. I did my first flight last week, and honestly, the B787 is an AMAZING aircraft to fly. On top of that, the atmosphere in the Company is fantastic."
First Officer Lieven De Coster - 787 Norwegian Long Haul
"Norwegian allows me, as a professional pilot, to regain the enthusiasm and loyalty that one has at the start of one's career. I feel listened to, wanted, and an important member of the overall team. Not just a piece of the jigsaw, but a binding part of its main ingredient."
"It is evident that Norwegian does not want drones to sit in the flight deck. They want team members. Members who are actively encouraged to become central players in this amazingly expanding, professional, and well run airline."
"My feeling about Norwegian is that it is the Virgin Atlantic of the 21st century. That breath of fresh air that Virgin brought to aviation, whether in the flight deck or cabin for professionals or for the travelling public, we now have. Virgin fought and beat BA and the majors. But 30 years on, are now just another legacy carrier. We however have it all - a young and enthusiastic crew, extremely happy passengers (I know, because I speak to them) and a fabulous airplane going to great destinations. This is our time."
"The 787 Dreamliner, is aptly named. It is a dream to fly. And it's not just the airplane, it's the whole package that's on offer. Where do I start? Airplane, routes, long haul, great cabin crew and atmosphere, a management style unique to most of us, fabulous stable roster, and a competitive salary. Normally to get one or two of these things is fabulous, but all? Well I feel I've hit the jackpot"
Captain John Woolfson - 787 Norwegian Long Haul