Global airline recruiting charm of the Irish
A MAJOR international airline has launched a recruitment drive here in a bid to harness Irish charm and friendliness for their global routes.
Ethiad Airways, the national airline of United Arab Emirates, is gearing up to embark on a massive recruitment drive -- and is preparing to put out an appeal for Irish applicants.
Chief executive James Hogan revealed his plans for the airline at an invite-only event in the Hampton hotel, where he paid tribute to the friendliness of Irish people, saying they would be an asset to the firm.
A spokesperson said the company is making plans to employ some 300 extra cabin staff over the coming months.
"Irish people have a great reputation for being very friendly, good communicators and able to get on well with other people and that's exactly the kind of new staff we're looking for," he said.
"We already have 120 nationalities employed with the airline and the Irish route is extremely profitable for us so we would like to see more Irish people joining our staff. We all know there's not many jobs at the moment so it's a great opportunity.
"We're going to have an open day shortly so people should keep an eye on the website for more details. In terms of what advice I would give them for the interview, I would say just to be yourself."
Since launching here in July 2007 with four flights a week, the airline has steadily built up its customer base, currently operating a total of ten flights in and out of Dublin every week. Latest reports say most of the flights are 80pc full.
"Dublin has been performing very strongly since we launched the route in 2007, and the latest increase in our Irish flying is indicative of the huge confidence we have in this important market," said Mr Hogan.