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Flight Attendant Hiring Outlook

The hiring outlook for flight attendants has brightened considerably over the past few months. Led by United Airlines’ recent announcement that they would immediately begin to hire up to 2000 new flight attendants, this news has sparked the most attention. If you are interested in becoming a flight attendant, the market is the best it has been in five years. Let’s take a look at who is hiring or who can be expected to hire over the next year.

<b>Legacy Carriers</b> – Beaten up by high employee costs, surging fuel prices, competition from low priced carriers, and overall inefficiency, two legacy carriers [defined as those air carriers who have helped shape the US airline industry] are turning the corner and are hiring flight attendants. United Airlines and Continental Airlines are hiring for various bases within the US.

<b>Discount Carriers</b> – Southwest, AirTran, Mesa, and Alaska Airlines are all hiring right now. In fact, <b>across the board hiring</b> is taking place at virtually all discounters right now as they seek to strengthen their footing in the marketplace.

<b>Regional Carriers</b> – Chautauqua, Comair, Champion Air, and Air Wisconsin are all hiring. Like the discount carriers, <b>most regional carriers are awash in cash</b> and are expanding their routes. More routes means additional employees needed to fill the increased capacity.

<b>Charter Carriers</b> – Air Miami and several other airlines that fly unscheduled flights are hiring.

<b>Start Up Carriers</b> – The two newest air carriers, EOS Airlines and Maxjet Airways, have recently hired flight attendants and are expected to hire again.

So, if winging your way to Peoria or Paris is the kind of lifestyle you want to lead, then working as a flight attendant is certainly one of the ways to do just that. Air carriers are hiring and the pickings are good for the right candidates. Contact your desired airline directly for up to date hiring information and open houses.

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