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Flight Planner: Virgin Atlantic

Manor Royal Business District
Crawley, West Sussex
Closing date
11 Aug 2022
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Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Location: Crawley
Contract: Permanent
Closing Date: Thursday 11th August 2022


We have an exciting opportunity to join our Network Operations team as a Specialist Flight Planner and would encourage applications from those who want to be part of our journey to become the World’s Most Loved Airline. Please note that with anticipated high numbers of applications we may close the campaign early, so please don’t leave your application until the close date if possible.

Many of our staff at Virgin work flexibly and in many different ways, including different core hours or remote working. Please talk to us at your application or interview stage about the flexibility you need. We can't promise to give you exactly what you want, but we are happy to explore what's possible for the role.

In a nutshell

Our Specialist Flight Planners are responsible for creating Operational Flight Plans (OFP) and Briefing Documentation for all company flights world-wide, in accordance with company and UK CAA operations manuals.

Based in the Operations Control Centre (OCC) the Specialist - Flight Planning team play an integral part in the delivery of the Virgin Atlantic flying programme, ensuring flights are planned in a safe, efficient, and regulatory compliant manner. To achieve this, the team must assess a wide range of tactical information including meteorological data, NOTAMs and airspace flow restrictions as well as monitoring real-time messages (Sitatex, AFTN, ACARS, etc) and take appropriate action as required.

The Flight Planners will also support the Supervisor with quality auditing, procedure development and team technical training.

Day to day

Create cost-efficient flight plans and Briefing Material for all Virgin Atlantic flights world-wide, that are released in compliance with both the Company Operations Manuals and EASA Ops.

The Flight Planners will be able to positively communicate with all stakeholders using operational facts, regulations and best practices and confidently distil complex technical issues into readily understandable information for a wide range of stakeholders of differing backgrounds.

Ensure that the OFP is delivered to flight crew in a timely manner along with all appropriate briefing materials (E.g. NOTAMs, SigWx charts, NAT Tracks, Volcanic Ash, etc). File the FPL with all relevant ANSPs. Highlight any significant issues to the flight crew and brief them if necessary.

Conduct aircraft and airfield Performance calculations. Understand and apply MEL performance restrictions as required.

Where necessary, provide in-flight support for company aircraft – includes-flight re-analysis of fuel critical scenarios, ETOPs alternates and changes to the route, to aid the safe & efficient continuation of the flight.

Monitor real-time messages (SITA, AFTN, ACARS and email) and take appropriate action as required. Use tactical information to monitor airspace & airfield restrictions, providing a timely solution to operational delays. Accurate event logging enabling effective operational reviews and trend tracking.

As directed by the Supervisor, provide team subject matter technical training, procedure development and regular quality auditing as per the department SAP and review of documentation/systems to advise on deficiencies/potential improvements.

About you

Are you an experienced Flight Planner, passionate about what you do and an eye for detail? If so, we think this would be the ideal role for you. To perform effectively in this role (and enjoy it), we would require you to have the following skills and experience:

  • Operational experience in a Flight Planning environment (North Atlantic and/or ETOPS advantageous)
  • Have satisfactorily completed a formal training course as a Flight Planner or Flight Dispatcher
  • Knowledge of Flight Planning systems & Crew Briefing Procedures
  • Knowledge of aircraft performance capabilities
  • Knowledge of aeronautical data and navigation charts

Be yourself – Our differences make us stronger

Our customers come from all walks of life and so do our colleagues. That’s why we’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. At Virgin Atlantic we believe everyone can take on the world - no matter your age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, religion or beliefs. We celebrate difference, and everything that makes our colleagues unique, by upholding an inclusive environment in which we can all thrive. So that everyone at Virgin Atlantic can be themselves and know they belong.

To make your journey with us accessible, and individual to you, we encourage you to let us know if you’d like a little extra help with your application, or if you have any individual requirements at any stage along your recruitment journey. We are here to support you, so please reach out to our team,  feeling confident that we’ve got your individual considerations covered.

You'll be assessed against our values for a selection of your interview process, learn more about them here: Our Values


Manor Royal Business District is the biggest business park of the Gatwick Diamond area and one of the south east's premier mixed activity employment hubs.

Enviable location and connections

Situated at the heart of the Gatwick Diamond on the Sussex and Surrey county borders, just two miles from London Gatwick Airport, a major motorway junction (M23 Junctoion 10) and two mainline railway stations (Gatwick Airport and Three Bridges), Manor Royal is a popular choice for a diverse range of occupiers including a host of blue chip global brands.

Manor Royal in numbers

  • One of the biggest business parks in the South East.
  • Covers an area of 539 acres – that’s over 300 football pitches.
  • 700 properties
  • 500 businesses
  • 30,000 people

Manor Royal more than a number

Since the formation of the Manor Royal Business Group (MRBG), an association of Manor Royal based business and firms, being on Manor Royal means being part of something. You’re never just a number.

Manor Royal makes sense

Scale, diversity, location and great connectivity with a property offer to match means Manor Royal based firms are never far away from their suppliers, customers and a talented workforce.

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7 Magellan Terrace (Ground Floor)
Gatwick Road
West Sussex
RH10 9PJ
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