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May 2008 Hiring Forecast

Emirates Airline

In all the many years I have been tracking the airline industry, I do not recall a month as difficult as the one just ended. Clearly, April 2008 will be remembered historically as one when five air carriers went bankrupt, when Northwest and Delta Airlines announced their merger, and where USAirways and United Airlines drew closer to announcing their own merger plans.

For flight crew members and those aspiring to become one, a constant stream of bad news has made a tough industry all the more bleaker. What was during the early days of flying an outstanding career choice, looks just about to be the opposite.

Breaking down the news further we learned:

Aloha, Frontier, EOS, ATA Airlines, and Skybus each have declared bankruptcy. Only Frontier is still flying, hoping to reorganize and eventually work their way out of bankruptcy. Previously, MAXjet Airways and Big Sky Airlines closed their doors.

Fuel prices, perhaps the single biggest culprit behind the collapse of many air carriers, remains extremely high. Many airlines are unable to pass these costs on to customers, resulting in large losses they could no longer handle.

Mergers, which once looked like a bad idea are suddenly quite attractive. Northwest and Delta are working towards becoming one airline, flying under the Delta name. United was in talks with both Continental and USAirways, but after Continental pulled out, things heated up quickly with USAirways.

The Months Ahead

Northwest Airlines

Expect other air carriers to also announce their closings as well as additional merger talks leading to further consolidation. American and Continental have yet to find suitable partners, perhaps they’ll consider each other or gobble up a handful of regional air carriers.

Southwest Airlines is in the best financial position of any airline, but I suspect Southwest is cautiously weighing their options.

Air charter operators such as Omni Air, Miami Air, World Airways may be able to weather the financial crisis by passing along their costs to customers.

Where To Look For Work

If you are a recently furloughed flight attendant and you desire to stay with the airlines, likely your best chance of finding work is with a foreign air carrier. Middle Eastern airlines, including Etihad Airways

and Emirates Airlines

are recruiting. Etihad says that they have 200 vacancies

to fill while Emirates Airline isn’t listing specific openings, but they are accepting applications. In both cases you’ll likely have to relocate to Dubai, which is part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Virgin AmericaVirgin America is still recruiting “In Flight Team Members” and is an airline worth exploring. Being part of the Virgin Group has its advantages, though 51% of the airline’s ownership is in the hands of American citizens. Consider Virgin Atlantic if you desire to fly to the UK, however they are not hiring at the moment.

Silverjet’s ability to keep flying may hinge on whether Lufthansa purchases the airline. Earlier this year, the airline was having financial difficulty and managed to raise some cash as they filled some extra seats. With EOS Airlines out of the way, Silverjet

has one less competitor for their business class clientele. The airline is recruiting, but I cannot confirm if this means that they are hiring too. I have no update on L’Avion

, the French business class airline flying from Paris to New York.

Porter Airlines

is still recruiting for their Toronto base, but you must be a Canadian citizen or someone with the right to work in Canada. The airline began service to Newark (EWR) earlier this year and is looking to expand.

Beyond what I have mentioned, Spirit Airlines

is still recruiting, World Airways

is worth a look, and a handful of regional carriers may also be checking out.

April 2008 Hiring Forecast

Hello friends!

First of all, I want to thank everyone who stops by this site in response to an ad, because of an internet search, or from a bookmark you flight attendant jobs

made during an earlier visit. Your support means a lot to me.

Second of all, I’ve decided to publish a monthly update to cover current hiring trends as this is the easiest way for me to reach everyone without repeating the message again and again. Starting with this post, I’ll be updating the community with airline related news, information that should be accurate, fresh, and interesting. Expect fresh reports within the first five days of the new month with the occasional revision done throughout the month.

Without further delay I offer to you the following:

Delta

is hiring flight attendants, but only those with bilingual skills need apply. This airline is not in the best of shape and with a merger with Northwest pending, job security will likely become an issue. Still if you are fluent in Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, or Mandarin, then this legacy carrier could be right for you. Visit their career opportunities

page for more information.

Yes, Virgin America

has updated their site (and we’ve updated our information) to show that they are once again accepting applications for In Flight Team Members which is their term for flight attendants. Virgin America is on Cabin Managers’ Exclusive List

, our premium group of air carriers who offer superior pay, newer aircraft, and excellent working conditions. Click on Careers when visiting the Virgin America site and search for the job on their site.

Continental Airlines

is hiring flight attendants, one of the few legacy carriers in a position to expand. If I wanted to work for an established air carrier, I would include Continental on my list. Starting pay is low, but they are a good business.

Quite a few regional air carriers are hiring, bucking the trend of most national and international airlines. American Eagle, Trans States, Pinnacle, Republic, Mesa Air Group, Chautauqua, Atlantic Southeast, Colgan, and SkyWest are among those that are currently hiring. Just remember that the pay is usually quite low and in many cases you’ll be the sole flight attendant onboard.

For people wanting to work overseas, both Emirates and Etihad are worth considering. Silverjet has had some financial problems, but they are hiring crew to be based in Dubai.

Porter Airlines is hiring for crew

who will be based in Toronto; they initiated service to New York (EWR) on March 31st.

Finally, there are a handful of air carriers who fly exclusively charter. Omni Air International

has bases in Baltimore, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Las Vegas and the air carrier has a pair of open houses

scheduled for this month.

That’s it for April — if you have comments or questions, hit the reply button below and I’ll do my best to answer you as soon as I can.

Addendum

— I removed information about Skybus which was part of my original report. Just today (04/05) I learned from Bobbie Sullivan

that the airline is ceasing operations, citing high fuel prices and a slowing economy as chief reasons for going out of business. In addition, Bobbie pointed out that three other air carriers are also going or gone: Aloha Airlines, Champion Air, and ATA Airlines. Clearly, if you want to be a flight attendant these days high fuel prices and a sour economy could upset your plans.

For those of you who have been recently furloughed please accept my good wishes as you begin to plan your future.