TOKYO- AirJapan (NQ), the recently established medium-haul subsidiary under the umbrella of All Nippon Airways (ANA), has initiated the recruitment process for both pilots and cabin crew.
This move comes in preparation for the launch of their international flight operations, which is slated to commence early next year.
Recruitment Open for Pilots and Cabin Crew Positions
The Japanese startup airline, AirJapan has initiated the recruitment process for pilots and cabin crew in preparation for the upcoming launch of scheduled services early next year.
As of today, AirJapan has officially opened its recruitment program, inviting applications not only for experienced (“mid-career”) captains but also for various corporate roles within the airline.
In its search for qualified individuals to take on flying roles, Air Japan is looking for candidates with a global perspective, specialized skills, and a strong commitment to assuming the responsibility of operating flights on behalf of the company.
The airline’s inaugural flight is scheduled to take off on February 9, 2024, traveling from Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). AirJapan is set to commence its operations with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner fleet.
Requirements for Pilots at Air Japan
AirJapan is recruiting flight crew members with specific criteria. Successful applicants will be hired as pilots until they reach the age of 60, at which point they will transition to contract pilot roles until they turn 65. To qualify, individuals must possess Japanese residency status and the legal authorization to live and work in Japan.
Additionally, along with current flying licenses, applicants should have a minimum of three years of experience in flying jet aircraft within Japan, including 2,500 flying hours as a commander of commercial aircraft, of which 1,000 hours must be in command of jet aircraft.
Given the stringent prerequisites for pilot positions, it appears that Air Japan aims to attract candidates from established players in the Japanese aviation industry, including those from Japan Airlines and its affiliated companies.
Applications for flight crew positions are being accepted from October 16, 2023, until November 15, 2023.
All Nippon Holdings, the parent company of the new airline, introduces AirJapan as a fresh and distinct brand designed for medium-haul international routes. Commencing in February 2024′
AirJapan’s new service connecting Narita to Bangkok will be identified by flight numbers NQ001 and NQ002. The airline will operate Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners equipped with 324 economy class seats featuring premium Japanese faux leather.
Unlike targeting the ultra-low-cost market, AirJapan offers passengers a comfortable seat pitch of 32 inches. These seats arrive with smartphone and tablet holders and offer both Type-A and Type-C charging ports.
AirJapan presents a pre-purchase menu with a choice of 13 meal options, complemented by an in-flight purchase menu. In addition, passengers will enjoy free onboard WiFi access, with the option to purchase additional amenities like blankets during the flight.
Outbound flights are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, departing from Narita at 17:55 and arriving in Bangkok at 23:15 local time.
Return flights will take off from Bangkok at 00:15 the following day, landing in Japan at 08:10 local time. The distance between these two cities covers 2,889 miles (4,622 km).
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