Saturday 24 February 2018

New Norwegian Air base in Dublin is driving recruitment - and it's still hiring

Norwegian, founded by Bjorn Kjos, has emerged as just one of the airlines that has muscled in on the transatlantic air market. Stock picture
Norwegian, founded by Bjorn Kjos, has emerged as just one of the airlines that has muscled in on the transatlantic air market. Stock picture
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Scandinavian airline Norwegian Air Shuttle is understood to have seen a strong turnout at a roadshow last week in Dublin, as it recruited crew for a new pilot base in the capital.

Norwegian, which launched flights between Ireland and the United States during the summer, is planning to hire an initial 40 pilots for the new base. But that number will be increased in time for summer next year.

It is believed that more than 50 people attended the first pilot recruitment roadshow held in Dublin last week, with just 30 positions left to fill.

About 10 of the base positions are likely to be taken by existing Norwegian pilots - who will relocate to Dublin from some of the airline's other bases.

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Norwegian has hired 140 pilots from Ryanair so far this year, a figure that Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary insisted wasn't correct, but which Norwegian confirmed.

Irish pilots have already made a big impression at Norwegian.

Former Ryanair senior pilot Godfrey Higgins is now director of flight operations at Norwegian Air International, the airline's Dublin-based subsidiary.

Pat Campbell, a former senior Aer Lingus pilot, is now chief pilot for Boeing 737s at Norwegian Air International.

Norwegian, founded by Bjorn Kjos, has emerged as just one of the airlines that has muscled in on the transatlantic air market.

But unlike traditional carriers, Norwegian and upstarts such as Iceland's WOW Air, have done it with a low-fares model that aims to provide cut-price travel to passengers.

Norwegian uses ultra-modern jets such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing's smaller 737 Max to operate routes across the Atlantic.

The modern, fuel-efficient aircraft help it to deliver the kinds of fares that have seen it grow passenger numbers in recent years.

Irish Independent

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