The allure of life at 40,000 feet shows no sign
of abating with Emirates Airline recently enjoying one of its
highest turnouts for a cabin crew recruitment day in Europe. Close
to 400 candidates came forward in Madrid for the airline's latest
recruitment push in Spain, while the airline claims it gets around 10,000 applications globally each month.
Emirates has visited Spain
on many previous occasions and recruits throughout Europe and
elsewhere around the globe on a regular basis. Nearly 11,000 cabin
crew, spanning 128 nationalities, currently serve the airline. All
are based in Dubai.
Kevin Griffiths, Senior Vice
President, Cabin Crew, who attended the 30th January recruitment
drive in Madrid, said, "It was amazing. We have recruited in Spain
before - Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Malaga - but this was a
tremendous turnout, and to be honest, I was quite taken aback when
hundreds arrived, all wanting to join the Emirates' family."
"It is very clear that life in the sky and
travelling the globe remains a powerful magnet for those wanting a
true life experience, a job where no two days are the same,
working on the frontline of a brand known for its service
excellence," Mr Griffiths added.
While this is one of the highest turnouts for
an Emirates' recruitment day in Europe, other impressive figures
have been posted around the world. 1,200 people turned up for a
recruitment session in Cairo in 2006, 1,000 converged in Fiji in
2008, and it's not uncommon for more than 1,000 hopefuls to arrive
at recruitment days in Thailand.
"With the ongoing expansion of
Emirates, our cabin crew recruitment team are conducting an
average of 35 selection campaigns all around the globe every
month, seeking people who have the confidence to explore the world
and their own capabilities. They need to have a true desire to
help others and a passionate approach to service delivery," said Rick Helliwell,
Vice President, Recruitment. "Besides good English communication
skills, whether it be Madrid, Sao Paulo, Beijing or Nairobi,
wherever the selection teams go, we are looking for adaptable,
confident and positive people who have the team orientation to
work successfully alongside others in a truly international
The cabin crew environment has come a long way
since the 1920s and the "cabin boys" employed by Imperial Airways,
whose flying boats once used Dubai Creek as a runway.
Nowadays, cabin crew on Emirates' flights are attending to
passengers who may pass through the futuristic Terminal 3 in
Dubai, watch up to 1,200 channels of in-flight entertainment and
devour gourmet-chef-prepared food at 40,000 feet. Customers can
take a shower and enjoy a drink in a lounge if they travel on
the upper deck of the airline's
close to 400 applicants who turned out in Spain, about 30 made it
through to a final interview. If successful, the candidates
undergo 7 weeks of intensive training in Dubai before being
officially cleared to fly.
Spanish cabin crew member
Regina Valcaneras, who was recruited following a 2005 open day in
Barcelona, recalled, "When I got the call inviting me to Dubai for
training, I felt the luckiest girl on earth! I've had so many fun
and unforgettable experiences working for the airline. When I look
back, I wouldn't change anything - they have been the best four
years of my life. I adore the lifestyle."
98 Spanish cabin crew and will launch its first passenger flights
to Spain on 1st August, serving Madrid daily. The recruitment team
will be in Barcelona on 27 March 2010.
EK flight 141 will
depart Dubai at 07:25 and arrive in Madrid at 13:20. The
return flight, EK 142, leaves Madrid at 16:15, getting into
Dubai at 01:05 the following day. The route will be served by an
A330-200, offering 12 seats in First Class, 42 in Business and 183
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