Norwegian will tap into Virgin Atlantic’s long-haul expertise
Norwegian Long Haul has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Virgin Atlantic, according to which it will “tap into Virgin Atlantic’s expertise on long-haul operations”, while Virgin Atlantic’s instructors will get pilot training on Norwegian’s new 787-8 Dreamliner. Norwegian’s first Dreamliner is due for delivery at the end of June.
Virgin Atlantic’s 787 instructors will conduct the final part of their pilot training on board Norwegian’s Dreamliners until the airline receives its own first 787 in September 2014.
“Introducing a new aircraft type to an airline is an extensive affair,” explained Torstein Hoås, director of Norwegian Long Haul’s flight operations. “It is therefore important that we learn from each other. Virgin Atlantic is a successful long-haul airline with almost 30 years of transatlantic experience. It will be very beneficial for us to receive this support.”
Virgin Atlantic will be the launch customer in Europe of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, a slightly bigger version of the 787-8 Dreamliner. In the agreement signed by the two airlines, Virgin Atlantic says it will train a number of Norwegian pilots on board its future Dreamliners.
[pictured: Captain Dave Kistruck, GM of Flight Operations for Virgin Atlantic (right) and Director of Flight Operations Norwegian Long Haul, Torstein Hoås; photo courtesy Norwegian]