Jonathan Shooter

I started flying for Thomson Airways in November 2005 and I’m currently based at London Stansted flying the Boeing 737NG.

I joined Thomson Airways on the Boeing 757 with nearly 2000 hours gained through instructing on courses for private and commercial pilot licences, and flying a Dash 8 Q400 turboprop for a regional airline.

During my second year with the company I went on an exchange programme with our sister airline based in Calgary, where I flew the aircraft throughout Canada, the USA and the Caribbean. Upon my return I converted onto the Boeing 767 flying worldwide on short, medium and long-haul routes. After 6 years the opportunity arose to fly the Airbus 320 and 321, an experience that an all Boeing pilot could not resist! A year and a half later I was on another type rating course completing my Boeing 737 training so, as you can see from my experience, there are opportunities to fulfil every pilot’s aspirational needs at Thomson Airways.

The training provided by the company is excellent and pilots are encouraged to develop both their flying and non-technical skills. I recently joined the training department and have been involved in pilot recruitment, which has added a further dimension to my job and given me the opportunity to learn more about how the airline operates ‘behind the scenes’. Thomson Airways has also recently launched an industry leading ‘First Officer Development Programme’ to further enhance the training of the pilot workforce.

Thomson Airways is a very friendly airline with a diverse pilot community from ex-Red Arrow display pilots to Managing Directors!

I’m often asked why I like being a pilot at Thomson Airways and there are three simple reasons:

  • The quality of life – I work hard, but I love my job.
  • The passengers and my colleagues – All our passengers want to be there; they are on holiday which evokes the holiday spirit in all of us!
  • The variety of flying and fleet – The mix of flying is unrivalled; operating from some of the world’s busiest airports to remote holiday islands in both short haul and long haul aircraft.