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Fiji Airways wants 70% local pilots

November 4, 2015 10:38 pm

National airline Fiji Airways says it’s putting huge efforts into localising its pool of pilots.

Newly appointed Chief Executive Andre Viljoen says this is being done urgently as he wants 70% locals flying the Fiji Airways fleet.

The airline has already started recruiting pilots from subsidiary Fiji Link to become First Officers.

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There’s currently a mix of 55% local pilots and 45% expatriates on contract with Fiji Airways.

Viljoen says he wants to tip the balance towards 70% local pilots as soon as possible because this is an important initiative for the airline.

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