Dubai's Emirates to recruit 6,000 operational staff over next six months
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Dubai’s Emirates to recruit 6,000 operational staff over next six months

Dubai’s Emirates to recruit 6,000 operational staff over next six months

Additional pilots, cabin crew, engineering specialists and ground staff will be needed to support the airline’s operations across its global network

Dubai carrier Emirates is planning to recruit more than 6,000 staff over the next six months to boost its operational workforce.

Additional pilots, cabin crew, engineering specialists and ground staff will be needed to support the airline’s operations across its global network as restrictions ease worldwide, leading to a surge in customer demand.

The carrier will require an additional 700 ground staff in Dubai and across its network while it is also offering career opportunities to 600 pilots to join the flight operations team based in the emirate. Meanwhile, it aims to bolster its engineering team, by hiring 1,200 technical staff, comprising aircraft engineers and engineering support staff, to be based in Dubai and outstations.

In September, Emirates embarked on a campaign to recruit 3,000 cabin crew and 500 airport services employees to join its Dubai hub to support its operational requirements.

Read: Emirates recruiting 3,000 cabin crew as part of expansion drive at Dubai hub

Emirates is the world’s largest operator of both the Boeing 777 and A380 aircraft with its fleet currently comprising 263 widebody aircraft. All of Emirates’ Boeing 777 aircraft are in active service, operating to more than 120 destinations on both passenger and cargo flights, a statement said.

The airline currently flies its A380 aircraft to 18 cities, which will be scaled up to reach 27 destinations by the end of November.

Read: Dubai carrier Emirates’ A380 aircraft to serve 27 cities by November end

By December, the last two A380s will also be delivered to join Emirates’ fleet and some 50 of its A380 aircraft will have returned to active service.

Read: Dubai’s Emirates to receive final A380 in November this year

Emirates has already restored 90 per cent of its network and is on track to reaching 70 per cent of its pre-pandemic capacity by the end of 2021, the statement said.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: “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 Group  posted its first non-profitable year in over three decades, recording an annual loss of Dhs22.1bn ($6bn) for the financial year ending March 31, 2021, compared with a Dhs1.7bn ($456m) profit reported last year.

Read: Dubai’s Emirates Group reports $6bn annual loss, records first non-profitable year in over three decades

During that period, redundancies were implemented across all parts of the business, resulting in a total workforce reduction by 31 per cent to 75,145 employees.

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