Delta to hire 1,800 flight attendants

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will hire at least 1,800 flight attendants next year as it plans for growth.

The airline began taking applications for the flight attendant positions this week, after opening it up to internal candidates last week.

“We anticipate 2015 to be another big year for flight attendant hiring and pilot hiring due to our expected growth,” said Delta CEO Richard Anderson in a message to employees this week.

Interviews will start in the fall, and the first flight attendants will enter training in January, according to Delta. Hiring will continue through spring.

Delta reported an $801 million profit in the second quarter, up 17 percent from a year earlier, and projected that its flight schedule would grow 2 percent to 3 percent in the third quarter compared to a year earlier.

During a previous round of flight attendant hiring, Delta received more than 100,000 applications.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we see at least that level of interest this time,” Anderson said. Delta employees can make referrals for job candidates.

Delta’s hiring includes some positions for those who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Dutch, Hindi or French. But most of the hiring will be for flight attendants with no bilingual skills required.

Pay starts at $1,822 per month during training, but flexible work schedules allow new hire flight attendants to earn more depending on the hours they choose to work, according to Delta.

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