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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.

Airline Consolidation Likely In 2008

A Rocky Start For 2008

Prospective flight attendants should know that employment opportunities at some air carriers are likely to change rapidly this year. Due to sustained (and high) fuel prices, some airlines are finding the going very difficult and are looking at new partnerships to help them weather the crisis. The impact on new flight attendants could be strong as newly merged entities lay off excess crew and seek to streamline their operations.

Who Is At Risk?

Anyone looking for work at a legacy air carrier — American, United, USAirways, Delta, Continental, and Northwest — probably is familiar with the difficulties each airline has been experiencing over the past seven or eight years. While American and Continental have staved off bankruptcy, the others have not.

USAirways was bought out by America West who promptly jettisoned their own name in favor of the much more established and universally known USAirways.

United, Northwest, and Delta have gone through historic losses, losing tens of billions of dollars between them and reducing staff. Out of the three, United is the strongest with Northwest and Delta considering a partnership or outright merger.

Thus, working for an established air carrier (if they are hiring) offers a great risk especially if fuel costs remain high or spike upward.

Should I Go Regional?

Besides the recommended airlines listed on the sidebar of this page, who else might the prospective flight attendant consider? Regional operators continue to hire but their pay ranges from $12-17K annually, low enough to allow workers to qualify for food stamps.

JetBlue has a newer fleet, but along with Frontier and SkyWest, this air carrier reported

some of the largest drops in their respective stock prices this week.

Wait It Out Or Jump In

For the person who absolutely wants to fly, there is no time like the present for seeking work. Quite frankly, airlines are always

hiring. Just be prepared for what some are considering the inevitable, that your airline may be merged, go out of business, or lay off crew. If you’re eager to start flying, then join up, but if you’re looking for job security, the airlines cannot give that to you.

Out of all the carriers flying in North America, Southwest Airlines is probably the strongest. Although they say that they are hiring flight attendants, Southwest is not accepting new applications.


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