With an established record of successfully placing Pilots in Africa, including exclusive partnerships with Royal Air Maroc since 2000, and RwandAir since 2010, Rishworth Aviation is now offering pilots the opportunity to fly in sunny Mauritius for a growing airline. Rishworth Aviation currently has more than 100 pilots working in Africa and has now added fantastic opportunities to fly with Air Mauritius from their base in Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Port Louis.
Early in 2018 Rishworth Aviation Executive Director, Captain Torkel Waak (rtd B744), visited Air Mauritius at their base in Port Louis to discuss and better understand their current and future pilot requirements. Torkel met with Chief Pilot Captain Roddy McGregor, and HR Manager Jean Bernard Sadie, and Executive VP Captain Salim Torabally (A350 TRI/TRE Captain) who is responsible for Flight and Cabin Operation.
Torkel had the chance to discuss with Air Mauritius senior management their plans to expand their fleet and operations, including the placement of several orders of new aircraft with Airbus.
Left to right: 1. The entrance to the Holiday Inn where pilots will stay for 10 days; 2. Pool and beautiful landscape at the Holiday Inn; 3. One of the many stunning lagoons in Port Louis; 4. Captain Torkel Waak from Rishworth Aviation
Situated off the coast of Madagascar, Mauritius is an island nation of 1.2m people. The country consists of two large islands, Mauritius and Rodrigues, and other smaller islands. Mauritius is a gateway to nearby African countries, and offers excellent vacation opportunities for pilots on contract.
Top 3 things to do in Mauritius
1. Fishing - The east coast offers plentiful and uncrowded fishing opportunities. Try your hand at catching Bonito, Wahoo, Yellowfin tuna, Sailfish, Dorado, Blue Marlin and Black Marlin.
2. Visit Flic en Flac beach - on the western side of the island boasts luxury hotels, expansive coral reef to explore, and island nightlife.
3. Chamarel Waterfall - Visit the stunning 100 metre waterfall, and afterwards take short trip to see the Seven Coloured Earth, which is a uniquely coloured volcanic landscape.
Air Mauritius operates from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (ICAO code FIMP; IATA code MRU), which is situated on the southern part of the island. The 3,370m long runway accommodates daily services from major European, African, and Middle Eastern airlines.
Pilots starting with Air Mauritius will spend their first ten days staying close to the airport at the Holiday Inn. The hotel boasts a gym, swimming pool, great coffee shop, and excellent restaurant.
The Mauritian capital of St Louis is an island paradise, with tropical temperatures all year round. With English and French as national languages, many pilots experience a smooth transition to the country.
Air Mauritius is the island nation’s flag carrier, operating since 1972. The airline is expanding its current fleet of 15 planes with orders of 2x A330-900neo, and 4x A350-900 (2x A350’s are already in the fleet). To meet its growth projections, Air Mauritius estimates that it requires an additional 40 pilots in the coming years.
In 2016, the airline flew 1.5m passengers with its 15 planes, which had an average load factor of 79%. The busiest routes are Paris and Johannesburg. The airline employs around 200 pilots, including expats.
Left to right: 1. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport; 2. Flic en Flac beach; 3. Sailfish is one of the many species of fish to be caught.