Air Macau will continue in 2018 with the programme to recruit captains to fly Airbus 320 aircraft in South America and Europe, and the recruitment drive in Europe will take place in April of that year, the airline said in a statement sent to news agency Macauhub.
The recruitment programme began in São Paulo, Brazil, from 28 June to 7 July, and received 21 applications and 15 candidates passed the written test and 11 passed the interview stage.
The aim of this action in Sao Paulo was to recruit A320 captains and increase Air Macau’s media presence in both Brazil and South America, a sub-continent where the Portuguese-speaking country is the largest economy.
Air Macau said in the statement that pilots from Portuguese-speaking countries are more easily able to live in Macau because of a “friendly international environment” and because Portuguese is one of the two official languages of the territory.
The company stressed that it is recruiting captains to make a contribution to the development of both Macau and China, seeking to coordinate this action with the “Belt and Road” initiative and with the role that Macau plays in the economic and trade relationship between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.
Air Macau, which started operating in November 1995, employs 170 pilots of 32 different nationalities and has a fleet of 17 aircraft, all from European manufacturer Airbus, four A319s, three A320s and 10 A321s.
The company currently flies to Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu, Nanjing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Nanning, Hefei, Ningbo, Chongqing, Guiyang, Taiyuan, Shenyang, Zhengzhou, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Seoul, Bangkok, Da Nang, Hanoi, Kaohsiung and Taipei.