Delta says it’s hiring 1,000 flight attendants for 2018

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Delta Air Lines is looking to hire more than 1,000 flight attendants in 2018, the carrier said Monday.

Most recently, Delta said it received 150,000 applications during 2016 for about 1,200 attendant positions filled this year. The Atlanta-based airline said it conducted 35,000 video interviews and 6,000 in-person interviews to fill those spots. So far for 2018, Delta has received more than 125,000 applications, spokeswoman Ashton Morrow said to Today in the Sky.

“Earning and wearing the wings of Delta is something our flight attendants are proud of and passionate about, as they should be,” Allison Ausband, Delta’s SVP – In-Flight Service, said in a statement. “After making it through the highly competitive and exhaustive selection process, they put all their previous experience and skills to the test during our flight attendant initial training.”

Delta said applicants must have a high school degree or GED, the ability to work in the U.S., English fluency and be at least 21 years of age by Jan. 1, 2018.

To help promote its openings for next year, Delta is taking to social media. It’s launching a “mini-series” called “Earning our Wings” that will help give interested applicants “a better understanding of just what it takes” to become a Delta attendant.

For the next 10 weeks, Delta will post a new episode each Monday and Thursday to both its YouTube and its media sites. The series, in Delta’s words, follows the “journey of five new hires as they make their way through the eight-week training program each new flight attendant must complete at Delta’s Atlanta headquarters.”

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