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Emirates renews push to hire Aussie cabin crew

written by Hannah Dowling | May 18, 2022

Emirates has renewed its push to hire Australian long-haul international cabin crew, as part of a global recruitment campaign.

The airline said it is currently on a round-the-world tour in order to meet potential candidates across 30 cities in Australia, the UK, and dozens of European countries, from now until the end of June.

Representatives from the airline have already begun in-person interviews with candidates in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and is headed this week to Perth.

It follows an earlier campaign, launched in September 2021, in which the airline confirmed it was on the lookout for 3,000 cabin crew and 500 airport services employees globally, over the next sixth months, with a keen focus on Australian recruits.

All Emirates cabin crew are based in its international hub of Dubai, and offered company-provided accommodation, a tax-free salary, and travel benefits.

It comes as Emirates continues to ramp-up its Australian – and global – operations, in light of easing international travel restrictions and steadily increasing demand for long-haul air travel.

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“There is no more exciting airline than Emirates for anyone interested in a flying career, and we have received tremendous interest since we began our recruitment drive for cabin crew in November,” said Abdulaziz Al Ali, Emirates Group executive vice president for human resources.

“While parts of the application process are done online, we always make the effort to meet our candidates in person whenever we can, and that is why our talent acquisition team is doing a whirlwind 30-city tour over the next six weeks to assess prospective candidates.”

Aelred Rodrigues, Emirates’ head of human resources for Australia and New Zealand said, “Following the opening of Australian borders, ramp-up of international travel and increase of services, Emirates is delighted to commence recruiting outstanding talent nationwide.

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“Australians have an innate desire to travel and experience the world, it is this type of passion that attracts Australians to explore a career with the Emirates cabin crew team.”

It comes after Emirates ramped up A380 operations to Australia, now serving both Sydney and Melbourne with twice-daily flights, and Brisbane once per day. The carrier also increased flights to Perth to once daily using its Boeing 777-300ER from 1 May.

The airline is also gearing up to reinstate its Sydney-Christchurch route from 1 December and has said it will continue to increase flights to keep up with increasing demand.

It also comes after Emirates revealed A380 services to and from Australia will soon boast premium economy class.

The newly upgraded seat provides passengers with more leg room, wider television screens, and a service that would “rival many airlines’ business offering”, according to Emirates.

The airline confirmed that premium economy tickets will go on sale from 1 June, with flights on its upgraded A380s to take-off on 1 August.

Flights from Sydney, London and Paris will be first off the ranks, while Christchurch services will begin in December.

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