Emirates on recruitment drive to hire 4,000 crew

Total number of cabin crew will increase to 16,000 at airline.
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Emirates Airline, Dubai’s flagship carrier, plans to hire 4,000 cabin crew over the 2011/2012 financial year to keep pace with its rapid expansion, the airline said Tuesday.

The hiring spree will take Emirate’s total cabin crew to 16,000, the Arab world’s biggest airline said in an emailed statement.

Emirates, which was this week named the world’s third largest airline by capacity, has squeezed its western rivals with multibillion-dollar plane purchases and rapid network expansion in lucrative long-haul routes in Asia, Europe and North America.

The Dubai carrier has announced fresh routes into France, Switzerland and Denmark in the first quarter alone, with additional flight frequencies expected this year.

Emirates has an existing fleet of 151 planes with a further 200 on order, including 120 Airbus A380 superjumbos.

The state-backed airline said earlier this month it planned to raise ticket costs on certain routes as oil market speculation sent fuel costs soaring.

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