Emirates has announced a global cabin crew recruitment drive for this year in line with its growth and the upcoming addition of Airbus A350 aircraft into the fleet.

The airline has said that it will recruit 5,000 crew members in 2024 and this drive will be aimed at “those who will soon or have recently stepped into the world of work.”

The airline said that it is seeking fresh graduates with internships or part-time jobs on their résumés, and those with around a year’s experience in hospitality or customer service to apply for the roles.

All new cabin crew recruits will undergo an eight-week course at the Emirates facility in Dubai to train them in hospitality, safety and service. These cabin crew also have access to the latest training programmes and LinkedIn courses.

The airline said that its cabin crew team hail from more than 140 nationalities and speak a combined total of 130 languages.

The crew will be based in Dubai and can avail of a tax-free salary and flying pay, be eligible for profit share, hotel stays and layover expenses, concessional travel and cargo, annual leave, annual leave ticket, furnished accommodation, transportation to and from work, medical, life and dental insurance coverage, laundry services and other benefits. Friends and family of these crew also enjoy discounted flight tickets.

The new cabin crew recruitment drive comes as Emirates begins to take delivery of its A350s from the middle of this year and the Boeing 777-Xs starting in 2025. The airline has 65 A350s and a mix of 205 777-9s and 777-8s in its order book.

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In 2023, Emirates hired 8,000 cabin crew and held recruitment events in 353 cities. In August 2023, the airline’s cabin crew numbers crossed the 20,000 mark and are now 21,500 strong.

This year, the airline’s recruitment team will host open days and assessments in more than 460 cities across six continents.

In October last year, the carrier confirmed that it had launched a new strategy called ‘One Device’ leveraging Apple products, whereby all Emirates Cabin Crew receive iPhone 13 or iPad Air configured with custom Emirates apps to improve and streamline passenger service on-board. At the time, it said that it had already invested more than Dhs32 million into the initiative and began giving out Apple devices one year prior.