Emirates to Hire 5,000 Cabin Crew this Year

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Emirates plans to hire 5,000 more cabin crew members this year to accommodate its expanding fleet. In the previous year, over 8,000 cabin crew were added as the airline recovered impressively from the pandemic, raising its total cabin crew count to approximately 21,500.

The airline’s new hiring initiative includes hosting open days and assessments in over 460 cities globally, with upcoming events in Paris (January 18th), London (January 18th), and Seattle (January 19th). The focus is particularly on individuals entering or recently entering the workforce.

Emirates’ growing fleet will soon include new aircraft models: Airbus A350, Boeing 777X, and Boeing 787. The airline needs cabin crew for its extensive fleet, which will continue to expand. Currently, Emirates has an order of 65 Airbus A350s (all A350-900 variants) from ch-aviation, expected to start arriving later this year. Furthermore, Emirates increased its Boeing 777X order at the Dubai Air Show last year to a total of 205 (35 777-8s and 170 777-9s), with deliveries anticipated from 2025. Additionally, 35 Boeing 787s have been ordered. The majority of Emirates’ existing fleet comprises Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A380s, making it the largest operator of both models worldwide.

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Candidates interested in the cabin crew position at Emirates must fulfill specific requirements, such as proficiency in speaking and writing English (knowledge of additional languages is advantageous) and at least one year’s experience in a customer service or hospitality role. Applicants need to be a minimum of 160 cm (5 ft 2 in) tall and capable of meeting the United Arab Emirates visa criteria, as they will be stationed at Dubai International Airport (DXB).

Emirates’ cabin crew, based in Dubai, service international routes to destinations including Auckland (AKL) and Los Angeles (LAX). Emirates highlighted the advantages of working as their cabin crew in a statement:

“The new recruits will be a part of the world’s largest international airline and one of the most iconic brands, plus they will learn hospitality and life skills from the best trainers in the business. What’s more, they will travel the world across more than 140 cities in 76 countries and enjoy the entire gamut of benefits working as Emirates cabin crew.”

Additionally, Emirates emphasizes the career progression opportunities available to its cabin crew, such as advancing to higher cabin classes or roles like cabin supervisor, purser, or trainer.


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