Gulf carrier Emirates Airline has revealed a plan to boost its operational workforce by recruiting more than 6,000 staff over the next six months.
A statement by the airline said, as restrictions ease worldwide with the wider administration of COVID-19 vaccine, “additional pilots, cabin crew, engineering specialists and ground staff will be needed to support the airline’s ramp up of operations across its global network in response to the sooner-than-expected surge in customer demand.”
It followed an announcement in September in which the airline announced it has begun a worldwide campaign to recruit 3,000 cabin crew and 500 airport services employees after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Dubai-based airline to layoff thousands of flight attendants and hundreds of pilots.
As travel demand gains more traction than was earlier anticipated, Emirates will now require an additional 700 ground staff in Dubai and across its network, the airline said.
Furthermore, the airline is offering career opportunities for 600 qualified pilots interested in joining the global airline’s Flight Operations team based in Dubai.
As part of the recruitment drive, Emirates also aims to reinforce its Engineering team, by hiring 1,200 skilled technical staff, comprising aircraft engineers and engineering support staff, to be based in Dubai and outstations.
According to the airline, Emirates has already restored 90 percent of its network and is on track to reaching 70 percent of its pre-pandemic capacity by the end of 2021.
The world’s largest international airline is supplementing its flight schedules with increased frequencies to meet the pent-up demand. It is also deploying its high-capacity double-decker A380 aircraft on popular routes around its network. By November, Emirates will offer more than 165,000 additional seats on its flagship A380 aircraft.
Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: “Emirates has always been at the heart of Dubai’s growth. Our requirement for 6,000 additional operational staff signifies the quick recovery Dubai’s economy is witnessing and will lead to opportunities and other positive developments across various other businesses, including those in the Consumer, travel and tourism sectors.”
“We have been prudently restoring our operations in line with the borders re-opening and ease of travel protocols, and with the positive signs in the economic recovery and continuous growth of demand, we are hopeful to be back to where we were pre-pandemic, from mid-2022.”
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of both the Boeing 777 and A380 aircraft. Its fleet currently comprises 263 widebody aircraft and the airline has a number of new aircraft on order to meet future demand, including Airbus A350s, Boeing 787-9s and Boeing 777-X aircraft types.
All of Emirates’ Boeing 777 aircraft are in active service, operating to more than 120 destinations on both passenger and cargo missions. The airline also currently flies its flagship A380 aircraft to 18 cities, and this will soon be scaled up by more than 65 percent to reach 27 destinations at the end of November. By December, the last two A380s will be delivered to join Emirates’ fleet and some 50 of its A380 aircraft will have returned to active service.