Delta Airlines is gearing up for the holiday travel season, as well as 2020, by creating 12,000 new positions. CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC reporters, “We’re hiring pilots, we’re hiring flight attendants, we’re hiring ground staff. We’re hiring in all categories of the company.”
Many Delta Employees Are Looking to Retire
Other than an uptick in leisure and corporate travel prompting Delta Airlines to hire additional personnel, much of the hiring is to replace longstanding employees entering retirement.
Delta’s CEO mentioned recently that approximately two-thirds of the hires occurring before the end of 2019 are to replace those that are retiring. The goal is to have replacements trained and ready to work autonomously well before a majority of employees resign.
At Least 1,000 Flight Attendants Are Wanted
Back in August, Delta Airlines also made it public that they are looking to hire at least 1,000 new flight attendants this year alone. The airline is seeking to hire new flight attendants before the end of 2019 so they can participate in the company’s six-week training course in Atlanta, GA in 2020.
The trainees will be paid for some of the training and will also receive a stipend for meals. Living accommodations will also be provided for those outside the Atlanta area. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, be able to speak English efficiently, and be at least 21 years of age before January 1, 2020.
The airline also emphasized that being able to speak more than one language fluently is highly desirable. The other languages sought after are Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, Greek, German, Italian, Japanese, and Korean.
According to the job posting, applicants must have a minimum of a year experience in “personalized customer service, patient care or similar role” as well as the ability to “ensure the safety and/or care of others.”
Delta Looking to Inspire More Female Pilots
According to Travel & Leisure, a small percentage—5% to be exact—of commercial pilots are women. So, in order to celebrate International Girls in Aviation Day as well as to encourage more female pilots to join the workforce, Delta flew 120 girls between ages 12 and 18 to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas.
As a part of Delta’s fifth annual Women Inspiring our Next Generation (WING) celebration, girls from STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) schools nearby were able to see women in action as they conducted all of the required duties associated with flying an airplane.
Beth Poole, general manager of pilot development said, “We’re taking ownership to improve gender diversity by exposing girls at a young age and providing a pipeline so that 10 years from now, they will be the pilots in the Delta cockpit inspiring generations of women who follow.”
Delta is looking to hire approximately 6,000 new employees during the rest of 2019 and another 6,000 throughout 2020. Visit their website to apply: Delta Career Opportunities.