Flydubai to hire 600 pilots

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Low-cost airline, Flydubai plans to recruit 600 pilots within the next four years with a view to keep pace with its growing fleet and its rapidly expanding route network, according to reports by this airline on Wednesday.

The budget airlines, which was founded in 2008, currently gives employment to more than 200 pilots. It had placed an order of 50 Boeing 737-800s in 2008 worth a total of $4 billion. The last of these aircrafts is due to be delivered by 2016.

Ghaith al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, claimed that this carrier was ?possibly the world?s fastest growing start-up airline ever, which, along with being based in one of the world?s most exciting cities, has helped us attract some of the best pilots.? ?We are recruiting pilots of all type ratings aggressively to ensure we will have adequate staff to meet our operational requirements,? he said to reporters.

To support its external recruitment, flydubai has also implemented an in-house captain upgrade scheme. To be considered (for being upgraded to captain), the first officers must have been with the airline for atleast one year and recorded 4000 flying hours, with 500 of those being at flydubai.

?This scheme was put into implementation last year and now 15 first officers have successfully been upgraded to captains.?, said Al Ghaith.


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