Emirates looks to recruit South African pilots


Today and tomorrow Emirates Airlines will host information sessions in South Africa as part of its worldwide drive to recruit 500 pilots this year in order to support its rapidly growing fleet.

“We are looking to recruit an additional 500 pilots to join our talented team over the next 12 months. To meet this figure, we are running information sessions in key locations around the globe, including South Africa,” said Captain Alan Stealey, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Fleet Operations.
“The opportunity to fly some of the industry’s newest and most innovative aircraft is often a key factor for pilots when looking at a potential career move, and at Emirates we meet this key requirement. We have an excellent career path for our pilots as well as ongoing training and development,” he said.

Emirates will hold information sessions at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg. The Monday session will begin at 14:00 while the Tuesday session will start at 10:00.

The Emirates information sessions are open to candidates with at least 4 000 total and 2 000 multi-engine jet hours; or a total of 2 500 hours on a modern, commercial multi-engine, multi-crew jet aircraft (excluding simulator time). Another requirement is that all applicants must be fluent in English.

The sessions will provide interested pilot candidates with the opportunity to obtain information on Emirates, its selection programme, details on living and working in Dubai and salary information. Chosen candidates will be provided with a round trip ticket to Dubai from an Emirates destination to attend the selection programme.

Emirates recruited approximately 250 pilots last year, the airline reports, and is looking to double that figure this year. It currently has 2550 pilots from 89 different nationalities operating the latest Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and is rapidly increasing the number of aircraft on order.

Currently, the airline has 152 aircraft in its fleet, including 15 A380s. A further 200 planes are on order, 75 of which are the superjumbos. Since being introduced into the Emirates’ fleet in July 2008, more than 4 million passengers have flown aboard the giant Airbus. The airline’s 15 A380 aircraft are supported by nearly 300 pilots and more than 2 000 cabin crew.

The Middle Eastern airliner is also boosting its cabin crew numbers. Last week the number of cabin crew reached the 12 000 mark. Emirates is looking for another 4 000 cabin crew for the 2011/2012 financial year and is recruiting across all six continents where it flies.

Emirates now flies to 111 destinations in 66 countries. Three new passenger destinations have been announced far this year: the Basra, Iraq, service was launched on February 2, while services to Geneva will begin on June 1 and the airline will fly to Copenhagen from August 1.

Emirates has been flying in South Africa since 1995 and currently flies three times daily from its hub in Dubai to Johannesburg and daily to Durban and will launch a second daily service to Cape Town on March 27, connecting passengers to 111 destinations across six continents.