Norwegian Airlines long haul expansion plans utilising the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” are well down the track. The company took delivery of three of the new airliners in 2013; another four are scheduled to commence operations in 2014 and at least one more in 2015. These are all B787-8.
Another two will join the fleet in early 2016 bringing the number of 787s to ten. This time it will be the bigger 787-9 version.
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 100 pilots are already employed on the company’s B787 schedule and at least another 90 will be required in 2014.
Rishworth Aviation, a global leader in aircrew recruitment, is the exclusive provider of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” pilots for the European carrier. Rishworth’s Europe 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.
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. The longest range B787 variant can fly up to 8,500 nautical miles, or up to 15,700 km, enabling the aircraft to fly nonstop on routes such as Los Angeles to Bangkok or New York City to Hong Kong.
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 eight 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, Seattle or Singapore.
Norwegian Long Haul A/S is currently seeking Captains, Relief Captains and First Officers for screenings throughout 2014. The ideal candidates are B777 pilots with a current B777/787 type rating but other current Boeing pilots will be considered.
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