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Progression plan for pilots

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, August 28, 2014

LOCAL pilots securing employment with domestic airline Fiji Link will also be given a chance to fly Fiji Airways aircraft through the company's pilot progression plan.

In a statement Fiji Airways Group says starting in January 2015, the first 20 pilots flying for Fiji Link will transfer to Fiji Airways as first officers on Boeing 737 and Airbus A-330 aircraft and will continue their flying career through to eventual command (captain) status.

The 20 pilots will undergo the transition over a two-year period while the remaining Fiji Link pilots who have the required qualifications will begin their transfer gradually according to company requirements.

Group managing director and CEO Stefan Pichler says the company has made provisions in its five-year master plan to have a pilot localisation policy implemented.

"This pilot progression plan (PPP) has been worked out carefully between the two airlines to cater for operational readiness," he said.

He says the plan provides an opportunity for all local pilots to have a full flying career from Twin Otter aircraft through to modern wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus A-330.

"We are committed to honouring their career goals right here at home."

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