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Etihad Airways has embarked on a major recruitment drive to hire additional crew, as it fleet expands.
The UAE's national carrier said it is looking for pilots in Europe to join both its Airbus and Boeing fleets, with new aircraft expected to arrive between this year and 2025. The main focus of the talent search is to fill posts for First Officers.
Recruiters for the airline were scheduled to be in Europe on Sunday, November 13. They started in Romania and were expected to be in Bulgaria today, Tuesday. They will then make stops in Hungary, Lithuania, Greece, Poland, Belgium and Portugal.
Etihad had earlier announced it would freeze the hiring of non-operational staff, as currency fluctuations, economic uncertainty and market competition are putting pressure on yields. Recruitment of pilots, cabin crew and engineers, however, will continue.
The airline has a range of aircraft including Airbus 330s, 380s, Boeing 777s and B787s, and expects new A380 deliveries next year.
''2017 will see further additions to our fleet as we continue our growth. We are seeking to recruit highly motivated, skilled and qualified pilots to come and join our team,'' said Richard Hill, chief operations officer for Etihad Airways.
Between 2016 and 2025, Etihad is expected to expand its current fleet of 123 to 179 aircraft, presenting more employment opportunities for aviation professionals. In 2016 alone, ten aircraft were added to the fleet.
''It is exciting to be joining an airline that is growing rapidly and while we will recruit experienced pilots, we also put great focus on continued training and excellence in operational standards. This significant growth also creates opportunities for our existing pilots,'' said Hill.
BUCHAREST - RADISSON BLU - 13th November 2016 - 10am to 4pm
SOFIA - RADISSON BLU - 15th November 2016 - 10am to 4pm
4, Narodno Sabraine Square
BUDAPEST - BOSCOLO MARRIOTT - 17th November 2016 - 10am to 4pm
Erzsebet Krt 9
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Didzioji av. 35/2, LT-01128 Vilnius
ATHENS - HILTON - 28th November 2016 - 10am to 4pm
46 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue
WARSAW – MARRIOTT HOTEL - 30th November 2016 - 10am to 4pm
Al. Jerozolimskie 65/79
BRUSSELS – RENAISSANCE HOTEL - 2nd December 2016 - 10am to 4pm
Rue du Parnasse 19
LISBON – MARRIOTT HOTEL - 4th December 2016 - 10am to 4pm
Avenida dos Combatentes 45
Source: Cleofe Maceda, Senior Web Reporter, gulfnews.com