Wednesday 16th May 2012


- Rishworth Aviation, a global leader in aircrew recruitment, is proud to announce that it has been selected to source 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 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 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 a Boeing Training Centre in Seattle or at London Gatwick.

Pilots with the relevant Boeing experience who would like to fly Boeing 787s for Norwegian can apply online at


Rishworth Aviation is a global leader in recruitment and leasing of aircrew and aviation professionals. The company has offices in Europe and Asia and currently serves clients in 25 countries. Having assisted over 100 airlines, Rishworth has more than 500 aircrew on assignment from markets including Europe, North and South America, and a database of over 50,000 registered aircrew to whom it can promote its clients' aircrew opportunities, via a leading-edge interactive web portal.

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