15 January 2020

GOOSE Recruitment is excited to share that we have been selected as the recruitment partner for Smartwings. As a result, our dedicated recruitment team will be recruiting for 30 Captain Roles to fly the Boeing 737 for this airline.

This comes at an exciting time for GOOSE Recruitment as we expand and partner with other airlines in Europe, including Polish LOT and Zimex.

Who are Smartwings?

“Smartwings strives to be the first choice for air travellers.”

Headquartered out of Vaclav Havel Airport, in the 6th district of Prague, Smartwings is an established carrier operating scheduled and chartered flights, as well as private flights across the business jet category. With a fleet size of 42 aircraft, Smartwings is the largest airline operating in the Czech Republic.

The airlines current fleet consist of;

  • Boeing 737-900ER

  • Boeing 737-MAX-8

  • Boeing 737-800

  • Boeing 737-700

  • Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign


Originally founded as Travel Service in 1997, this airline has seen increased growth and success since it first began operating. In 2007, the airline was acquired by Icelandair Group for a 50% share, which later increased to a share of 80%.

Since then, the airline has acquired two more shareholders, including Unimex and the private investment group CEFC China Energy.

In 2017, after 20 years in operation, the carrier made the decision to change direction and officially rebranded as Smartwings. As a crucial part of the investment into the rebrand, the airline invested in a new fleet of aircraft.

A growing airline

Since first establishing, Smartwings has had great success, growing year on year financially, in fleet size and also the number of passengers that they carry. Additionally, as a group, the Smartwings business has also invested a 98% share into one of the oldest airlines in the world, Czech Airlines.

The airline regularly operates flights to over 100 + destinations, including Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, France, Greece, the Canary Islands and Israel. As well as specialising in wet and dry leases to other airlines.

Safety, Training and Assessment

Smartwings takes pride in operating to the very highest level of safety and ensures it is a high priority throughout the business - “Flying is a matter of trust, and safety is a parameter to which the Smartwings Group gives the greatest possible attention.”

The carrier operates in accordance with the European Union rules and has also met the requirements for Federal Aviation Administration for flying in the United States. They have also successfully been audited by both the IATA and IOSA regulators.

Due to the airline's high level of safety, all staff are trained to the highest standard to comply with European Union and US rules and therefore only employee Pilots and Crew with the highest level of experience and qualifications.

All training is rigorous and Pilots should expect the interview process and assessments to test their piloting skills to their maximum ability.

A career with Smartwings

If you are a Pilot looking to join an airline which prides itself on providing the highest level of safety standards; ensuring all staff receive the very best training and customers receive the best service, Smartwings could have the right Pilot opportunity for you.

Do you have the following?

  • Minimum flying hours 4000 TT of which 3000 must be multi-crew

  • Minimum flying hours on type 500

  • Minimum PIC on type 500

  • Valid B737 type rating

  • Valid class 1 medical

  • Date of last flight within the last 12 months

  • Valid EASA ATPL

  • ELP 4+

In return, the fantastic benefits on offer include:

A salary of €13,500 per month

  • Excellent staff travel

  • Accommodation provided whilst on duty

  • A commuting Roster of 18 days on / 12 days off

If you meet the above requirements and have an interest in flying for the Czech Republic’s largest airline, please contact Charlotte Charman, our dedicated Senior Recruitment Consultant.

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