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Emirates Announces Houston Open Day

Successful candidates will be based in Dubai

Emirates Airline, the world’s seventh-largest airline, will be holding an Open Day

in Houston on June 27th. Open Days are information sessions where prospective flight attendants can meet members of the airline’s Recruitment Team.

Emirates GroupDr. Bobbie Sullivan of Cabin Crew News

shared this information to Cabin Managers recently; thank you Bobbie for your head’s up!

Cabin Managers previously noted that Emirates

was adding San Francisco to their list of North American gateways. Emirates already flies out of Houston, providing non-stop service to Dubai. The airline held a pair of recruiting sessions in Canada earlier this month and we fully expected that some sort of US recruitment would also be arranged. It has and we’re happy to share the following information with you.

June 27th Open Day Details

Open Day commences at 9:00am sharp and interested applicants are required to present an updated resume together with a full length and a passport size photographs in business attire. The Open Day will take up a large part of the day, depending on the number of candidates.

If you are successful at this stage you will be required to attend a further selection day during the course of the week.

Open day details:

Open Day: June 27, 2008 9:00 am


Intercontinental Houston
2222 West Loop South

Houston, Texas 77027


– Minimum age 21 years at the time of application.

- Minimum arm reach of 212cms (on tip toes), which enables you to reach emergency equipment on all aircraft types.

- Educated to at least high school standard.

- Fluency in written and spoken English (fluency in another language is an asset).

- Medically fit to meet aircrew requirements.

- You must be the sort of person who has the natural ability to provide excellent service within a team environment.

We realize that being based overseas isn’t for everyone and some might object to living in an area of the world where their personal rights are curtailed. Dubai is considered by many people to be one of the most open cities in the Muslim world, embracing some Western customs and accommodating many different cultures.

Spend some time on the Emirates website to familiarize yourself with the company and research the United Arab Emirates and Dubai to discover what that area of the world holds for you.

Finally, if you are planning to attend Open Day DO NOT ARRIVE LATE

or you will not gain admittance to the event!

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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.