American Airlines has announced plans recruit more than 1,500 new flight attendants over the next year.
The Texas-based airline will begin hiring process in November, with the first batch of new cabin crew expected to begin training in January 2013.
American, which filed for bankruptcy protection in last 2011 and revealed plans to shed 13,000 jobs shortly afterwards, said that the strong response from its existing flight attendants to a voluntary redundancy scheme had led to the need for the new recruits.
“For the first time in over a decade, American is seeking to add more than 1,500 new flight attendants who we believe will bring new perspectives to the airline,” said Lauri Curtis, American’s Vice President of Flight Service. “We value our flight attendants and appreciate the important contributions they make to our company every day. We look forward to welcoming new faces and working together to bring a fresh energy to our team, while at the same time giving current flight attendants the opportunity to move up the seniority list and reducing the number of current flight attendants who have to serve on reserve.”
The airline will post the job openings in November and intends to start the selection process for new joiners in early December.
Of the major job cuts announced following the company’s bankruptcy filing, 2,300 were expected to be flight attendants.