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Jetstar, Qantas on Recruitment Drive As They Await New Fleets

Jetstar, Qantas on Recruitment Drive As They Await New Fleets

2016 05 16

2016 05 16

Jetstar is on the hunt for first officers to fly its fleet of A320s as it looks to boost its pilot ranks by 50 across the next two years.

The airline's recruitment drive for Australia-based pilots will boost its overall pilot ranks from 800 to about 850 by 2018.

All new recruits will be brought on to fly Jetstar's 59-strong fleet of A320s and A321s that operate across Australia and New Zealand.

Applicants will be required to hold an Australian Air Transport Pilot Licence and must have 1500 hours total aeronautical experience. The recruitment drive is not a cadetship program and applications are open to direct-entry first officers only.

The first batch of recruits is expected to start training at Jetstar's Melbourne base from August.

"Jetstar is an exciting business with a wealth of opportunities in Australia, New Zealand and across Asia, and we expect to see significant demand for these roles," Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief pilot Captain Georgina Sutton said.

"We know that many Australian pilots have moved overseas to fly for international carriers, so we expect we'll see a great deal of interest in these new roles from those pilots who are keen to return home." The airline, which turns 12 this year, is targeting first officers to contend with natural attrition from its workforce and the replacement of Qantas pilots who have been working at Jetstar on leave without pay.

Those Qantas pilots soon will return to Qantas to help fill recruitment needs with its incoming Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which are expected to be delivered next year.

Jetstar's recruitment drive comes as its parent Qantas continues with plans to hire 170 new pilots during the next three years.

Qantas is ramping up its recruitment of pilots in its largest drive since 2009 as it prepares to bring in the first of eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners into its fleet from next year.

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