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EXCLUSIVE: Etihad plans 700-strong hiring drive

Abu Dhabi carrier to hire 700 staff in 18 months; will take delivery of one freighter and seven passenger aircraft in the period

EXCLUSIVE: Etihad plans 700-strong hiring drive
James Hogan, CEO, Etihad Airways. The carrier has notched up record cargo volumes in the year to date

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has said it plans to recruit around 700 additional employees over the next eighteen months to staff its growing fleet.

“Over the next eighteen months, Etihad will take delivery of one freighter and seven passenger aircraft, requiring an additional 700 staff members from all over the world, including cabin crew, technical and ground services,” James Hogan, CEO, Etihad Airways, told Arabian Business.

“We will be hosting a recruitment drive in Dublin in November this year to attract Irish talent as part of this staffing requirement,” he said.

In August, Etihad took delivery of its first A330-200 freighter aircraft; the carrier was the launch customer for the Airbus freighter.

The new aircraft arrive at a time when cargo volumes are at their highest for the state-backed carrier. In the year to date, Etihad Crystal Cargo has experienced a 21 percent growth in tonnage and a 30 percent growth in yield. Cargo revenue has grown by 57 percent on the year-earlier period.

In July, the airline carried a record tonnage of more than 23,000 tonnes. More than 30,000 shipments were carried in the month, driven by increased volumes from Pakistan, Australia, China and Bangladesh.

Hogan said in August that he hoped the A330-200’s ability to carry up to 64 metric tonnes of cargo and fly up to 7.400km non-stop would allow the airline to increase its frequencies and footprint in the high-growth European and Asian freight markets.

Etihad Crystal Cargo is slated to take delivery of a second freighter this month, adding to an existing fleet of two leased MD-11 freighters and two leased A300 freighters.

Gulf carriers have largely avoided the drop in passengers and profits suffered by European and US airlines. Abu Dhabi, home to the UAE’s second largest airport, in July posted a 9.2 percent increase in passenger traffic compared to the year-earlier period.

According to the Abu Dhabi Airports Company, aircraft movements in the capital rose by 10.1 percent in the same period.

Passenger traffic to North America grew by 76 percent in July, while South Africa saw a 27 percent year-on-year increase.

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