Emirates announced (03-Jun-2010) plans to hire more than 700 pilots over the next 18 months to support new routes, new aircraft and increased frequencies. On 04-Jun-2010, the carrier will be seeking first officers in Madrid, one of six new destinations to be announced by the airline and to be launched from 01-Aug-2010. The airline will also recruit in Barcelona and then across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Emirates operates a 147 aircraft fleet, with a further six aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2010. Weekly flight departures from Dubai have increased by 11.4% from Jun-2009 levels to 1,118. The airline employs more than 2,300 flight deck crew, spanning 85 nationalities. [more]
Emirates: "We have embarked on a major drive to recruit cockpit crew to support the airline's growth at a time when much of the industry is cutting back. With our 9th A380 just arrived and a 10th A380 being handed over next week, that's two giant aircraft to staff in the space of a fortnight alone. By the end of this year, we will have recruited more than 250 pilots. Next year, we're looking to double that figure and recruit 500,” Captain Alan Stealey, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice-President, Flight Operations. Source: Company Statement, 03-Jun-2010.