Rishworth Aviation, a global leader in aircrew recruitment, is proud to announce that they are the exclusive provider of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” pilots for rapidly-expanding European carrier Norwegian. Rishworth’s European Director, Captain Torkel Waak, said: “It is a significant milestone in the Rishworth business to be recruiting pilots for the Boeing 787, the newest and most advanced airliner in the world. We are very excited about working with Norwegian, and look forward to providing the highest calibre professional aircrew to support Norwegian’s long-haul expansion”.
Norwegian intends to start long-haul operations in 2013, using the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. In October 2009, the airline announced its intention to start flights from Oslo to New York and Bangkok, requiring new intercontinental aircraft, and in 2010 it announced that it was considering up to 15 intercontinental destinations from Scandinavian capitals. The company has announced firm orders for eight B787 Dreamliners, each seating up to 291 passengers. The first three aircraft will be delivered in 2013, four more in 2014 and one in 2015. Norwegian is also aiming for further expansion.
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 current B777 pilots with a current type rating, other current Boeing pilots will be considered.