Rishworth Aviation, an aircrew recruitment
company, has been selected to source Boeing 787 “Dreamliner”
pilots for rapidly-expanding European carrier, Norwegian.
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
six B787 Dreamliners, each seating up to 291 passengers. The first
three aircraft will be delivered in 2013, two 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
one of the most sophisticated flight control systems 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.
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
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 a
Boeing Training Centre in Seattle or at London Gatwick.
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
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