B787 Captain Harvey Perez has been on assignment with Rishworth Aviation since 2010 and has recently completed the transition from A320 Captain to B787 Captain with Vietnam Airlines.
As Vietnam Airlines continues to grow its wide-body fleets, there will be many opportunities for A320 Captains to make the move to either the B787 or the A350 Fleets at Vietnam Airlines. Captain Perez talks to us about his decision to move to Vietnam and fly for Vietnam Airlines.
Did you always want to be a pilot?
Actually it happened by chance when I graduated from my aeronautical degree and entered Military Flying School. Since then, I have never looked back!
What attracted you to join Vietnam Airlines?
I wanted to join Vietnam Airlines as it is a reputable and growing airline. I also saw the opportunity to transition onto the wide-body with the airline which has been a career goal of mine.
What do you enjoy about living in Vietnam?
The people, the environment, and the food. There is a great expatriate pilot community here in Vietnam, in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. I feel quite at home here.
Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An
You have recently upgraded to B787 Captain from A320 Captain. How did you find the transition from Airbus to Boeing?
The transition was both challenging and motivating. After nearly 10 years flying Airbus aircraft I was a little nervous about making the change. It was a lot of hard work but ultimately it was worth it! The are many opportunities to improve your career at Vietnam Airlines, and for me, this was a great step to take – I have no regrets!
What was your transition program like?
I completed the first part of my transition training at Vietnam Airlines’ Flight Training Centre, in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam Airlines has a great new training centre, complete with a training room with multiple B787 cockpit layouts. My simulator sessions were completed in Singapore at the Boeing training centre. The Vietnamese instructors were very helpful, supportive, well experienced and professional. The training was challenging but all you need to do is study and be well prepared at all times.
Captain Harvey Perez at Vietnam Airlines Flight Training Centre, and the view inside a B787 cockpit
What is it that you enjoy most about flying the B787?
The new, modern, cockpit design and all the new destinations I can now fly to! Vietnam Airlines flies the B787 to: FRA, LHR, DME, KIX, NRT, PEK, SYD, MEL. The Dreamliner is an exciting new experience and a pleasure to fly.
Would you recommend this transition opportunity to other pilots?
I would surely recommend Vietnam Airlines to other pilots who wish to take the next step in their career. There will be many opportunities for A320 Captains to transition to the new Fleets (either B787 or A350) in the coming years at Vietnam Airlines. From my personal experience I can highly recommend the Dreamliner.
Tell us about your experience with Rishworth Aviation?
From day one, Rishworth has been there to support me. If I ever have a query, I can trust them to respond to me quickly. I enjoy meeting with the Rishworth team when they visit Vietnam and attending the many pilot events that they host. I highly recommend their services to any pilot, you will not be let down!
Rishworth Aviation has a long-standing relationship with Vietnam Airlines and is proud to offer a range of First Officer and Captain jobs. The airline has positioned itself as an internationally recognized brand and offers excellent transition and upgrade opportunities. Do not delay in applying for this exciting opportunity to work for Vietnam Airlines. View our range of jobs below.
Leanne Boggs - Recruitment Consultant
Since joining Rishworth Aviation, I have been lucky enough to work across most of our clients in the Asia-Pacific region. I have enjoyed learning about the exciting aviation industry and my focus is now on recruitment for Vietnam Airlines. Prior to working for Rishworth I spent seven years in generalist Human Resource roles across a wide range of industries and hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology. I love to travel and experience different cultures.
Phone: +64 9 374 0752
Jessie Minett - Recruitment Consultant
My career in recruitment began within the property sector in Australia before discovering the interesting world of aviation. I really enjoy international recruitment and working with pilots and clients from around the world. Travel and food are my greatest passions - I can whip up an excellent lasagne and find it easy to get lost in my never ending travel plans!
Phone: +64 9 302 3920