Etihad hires 200 new staff for India expansion

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Etihad Airways has said it has recruited 200 new employees in India to help drive its expansion plan in the country.

The Abu Dhabi airline said its biggest ever India recruitment campaign resulted in more than 1,000 applications received from men and women looking to join the airline's cabin crew division.

The drive, in Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi, successfully found the required 200 applicants who will be trained as Etihad Airways cabin crew in advance of the airline's operational expansion in India in December.

The Abu Dhabi-based airline recently announced it will increase flight frequencies, and introduce wide-bodied aircraft to India for the first time, with greater expansion set for 2014.

Richard Hill, Etihad Airways' chief operations officer, said: "India will play an increasingly central part in the expansion of Etihad Airways and we are delighted that so many men and women are keen to join our ranks as members of cabin crew.

"There are already nearly 4,000 cabin crew flying aboard Etihad Airways aircraft. They enjoy comprehensive training, development, and career opportunities, and we look forward to welcoming new Indian colleagues as we enter this exciting new phase of growth."

New cabin crew members undergo a six week training program in Abu Dhabi, which includes all aspects of cabin safety and service delivery. The training is conducted at Etihad Airways' state-of-the-art Training Academy.

The airline said it employs people from more than 138 nationalities.

Etihad's plan for Indian operations expansion includes an increase from daily to double-daily its Abu Dhabi-Mumbai and Abu Dhabi-New Delhi flights; the use of wide-bodied Airbus A340-600 aircraft on one of the daily Abu Dhabi - Mumbai flights; the use of wide-bodied Airbus A330-200 aircraft on one of the daily Abu Dhabi - New Delhi flights; and an upgrade pf the daily Abu Dhabi - Chennai flights from 136-seat Airbus A320s to new Airbus A321s, seating 174 passengers.

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