December 24, 2007 09:47
Foreign airlines will employ a record high number of Korean flight attendants next year.
According to industry sources, each of the foreign airlines that employ Korean flight attendants plans to hire an additional 20 to 50 new ones next year, bringing the total to 700.
These carriers, which include Emirates, Qatar Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines, employed 450 Korean flight attendants last year.
The growing popularity of Korean flight attendants is attributable to the high vocational qualifications of Korean applicants and the need to secure skilled attendants amid a surge in demand for air travel.
Emirates is the largest employer of Korean flight attendants. It hired 100 Korean flight attendants this year and will employ 150 next year. Qatar Airways will increase its number of Korean flight attendants from 80 this year to 100 next year. Singapore Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines will each hire 50 Korean flight attendants next year, up from 30 this year.
China Eastern Airlines will increase its number from 150 this year to 180 next year. Finnair, Gulf Air, Philippine Airlines and Vietnam Airlines have increased their Korean flight attendant crews by around 10 to 20 this year and plan to hire more next year.
Chinese airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragon Air will also hire more Korean flight attendants next year in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
National flag carriers Korean Air and Asiana Airlines will also employ 1,300 new flight attendants in 2008, a record high. That means demand for Korean flight attendants will top 2,000 next year alone.
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