Emirates has received more than 300,000 cabin crew job applications as part of a massive flight attendant hiring drive

Emirates Airline has received a massive 300,000 cabin crew applications since last September, when the Dubai-based carrier reopened recruitment for the first time since the pandemic began.

The airline initially wanted to recruit up to 3,000 cabin crew to support its massive ramp-up of operations, but now Emirates says that number is not even enough.

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From this month, Emirates will launch the search for up to 6,000 new cabin crew members, along with thousands of other workers, including pilots, customer service agents, engineers and workers. on the ground.

“As we focus on recovery and scale up our operations, we are accelerating our recruitment campaign with the goal of hiring approximately 6,000 cabin crew positions this fiscal year, from April 2022 to March 2023.” , confirmed a spokesperson for the airline. National.

“Since we launched our cabin crew recruitment campaign in August 2021, we have received over 300,000 applications from around the world, demonstrating the huge interest in this role and Dubai’s growing reputation as one of of the best cities to live and work in.”

Emirates is renowned for being one of the hardest airlines in the world to land a job as cabin crew and aspiring candidates would travel from country to country to attend in-person recruitment fairs where they hope to impress one of the airline’s demanding recruiting teams. .

The pandemic has put an end to mass recruitment events packed with foreigners in crowded hotel conference rooms, but despite the lifting of physical distancing rules in many countries, Emirates has no plans to return to this hiring style.

Instead, the recruiting process is now entirely digital, and candidates must complete an online application and pass a pre-recorded virtual interview before they can be assessed by a human recruiter.

Emirates has recalled some workers made redundant at the height of the pandemic, but many have not been asked to return or have chosen not to return to their old careers.

It is estimated that up to 7,500 cabin crew have been made redundant as Emirates grounded its entire fleet of aircraft in April 2020.

The airline recently announced that it was operating at 70% of its pre-pandemic capacity and hoped to reach its 2019 capacity by next year. Capacity levels will slowly increase to around 80% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of the summer.

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Mateusz Maszczynski


Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the Middle East’s most important airline and flew throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centered stories. Always on the cutting edge, Matt’s knowledge, analysis and news coverage are often used by some of the biggest names in journalism.