The new crew members will come in handy as Emirates airline welcomes brand new Airbus A350s. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Flagship carrier Emirates is taking on an additional 5,000 cabin crew members for its new fleet of Airbus A350s, the airline announced Tuesday. The airline has said the recruitment push is designed primarily ‘for those who will soon or have recently stepped into the world of work', and is inviting fresh graduates with internships or part-time jobs on their résumés.

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Emirates is looking for ‘those with a year or so of hospitality or customer service experience; and individuals keen to embark on a career travelling the globe'.

Fleet and network expansion

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

"The new recruits will be a part of the world’s largest international airline and one of the most iconic brands, plus they will learn hospitality and life skills from the best trainers in the business," Emirates said in a statement.

"What’s more, they will travel the world across more than 140 cities in 76 countries and enjoy the entire gamut of benefits working as Emirates’ cabin crew."

Despite challenging global labour market conditions, the Emirates Group closed its 2022- 2023 financial year with over 102,000 employees and welcomed 17,160 individuals in various roles.

This year, Emirates’ recruitment team will have open days and assessments in more than 460 cities worldwide.

In 2023, Emirates had hired 8,000 recruits as cabin crew after 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.

What next for recruits

All cabin crew recruits will go through eight weeks of training at Emirates' facility in Dubai. The cabin crew will learn transferable skills that include communications, initiative and leadership qualities.

“They develop the ability to work effectively in a multicultural team, the focus to stay mentally strong and calm under pressure, becoming bastions of hospitality and exceptional service, and ambassadors of an iconic brand. Cabin crew also have access to the latest training programmes and LinkedIn courses,” said the airline.

Eligibility criteria

To be considered for Emirates cabin crew, candidates need to be fluent in written and spoken English (additional languages are an advantage) and a natural team player. Applicants must be at least 160cm tall and able to reach 212cm high and be able to meet the UAE’s employment visa requirements

Applicants must also have at least one year of hospitality or customer service experience, and a minimum of high school (Grade 12) education. There must be no visible tattoos while in Emirates cabin crew uniform.

Upcoming Emirates cabin crew open day events
January 18 – Bruges
January 18 – Paris
January 18 – London Heathrow
January 19 – Seattle
January 22 – Panama City
February 11 – Casablanca
February 12 – Mexico City
February 12 – Baku
February 13 – Tunis
February 18 – Yerevan
February 2 – Brisbane
February 21 – Melbourne