Canadian charter flight operator Nolinor Aviation is facing the pilot shortage with a “major revision of the salary grid for its Boeing 737 captains”.

This new pay scale features a salary increase from 25% to 40%, placing the starting salary of a new Boeing 737 Captain at $175,000, with a progression to over $250,000 at the highest level. This initiative is complemented by an increase in rest days and a future review of the salary scale for first officers, reaffirming Nolinor’s commitment to offering optimal working conditions.

Said Nolinor President Marco Prud’Homme: “At Nolinor, we are proud of the exceptional skills and dedication of our pilots. Their ability to operate in extreme conditions, be it on gravel runways or frozen lakes, demands recognition commensurate with their expertise. This salary review is an investment in our most valuable asset, our employees, and reflects our determination to remain the preferred choice for aviation talent.”

He characterises this new compensation strategy as “the most generous among companies operating in Northern Canada, and highly competitive at national level [and] designed to attract and retain the best talent in the industry.

Prud’Homme adds that it is part of a series of initiatives taken by Nolinor to counter the shortage of pilots, including the “Become A Pilot” training programme, to prepare the next generation of pilots and ensure uninterrupted, high-quality service.

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