Get on board: Emirates Group to hire 10,000 this year

Published May 18th, 2016 - 08:15 GMT
Emirates employed 4100 pilots as of November and will need to hire as many as 500 new pilots this fiscal year. (File photo)
Emirates employed 4100 pilots as of November and will need to hire as many as 500 new pilots this fiscal year. (File photo)

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, will need to hire as many as 500 new pilots this fiscal year in order to keep up with its expansion plans, a senior company executive said on Tuesday.

The recruitment plan comes as Emirates takes delivery of 36 new wide-body aircraft in the 12 months to March 31, 2017. It also plans to launch new routes to Asia and the world’s longest non-stop flight to Panama during the same period.

“I think it’s going to be more like 400 or 500 … pilots that we’re after [this year],” Gary Chapman, president of group services and dnata at Emirates Group, told Gulf News in an interview at the Careers UAE fair in Dubai.

Emirates Group, one of the largest employers in the UAE, employed 4100 pilots as of November.

In total, Emirates Group, which also includes airport and travel services company dnata, plans to hire around 10,000 new employees this year, including 800 Emiratis, Chapman said. The Group’s workforce was 95,332, including “just under” 3,000 Emiratis, as of March 31 this year.


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