Belgian airline companies to recruit 1.250 new staff
Several airline companies in Belgium are planning to recruit more than thousand people – cockpit and cabin crew – in 2018. Lufthansa among others considers 8.000 extra people, more than half of which as cabin crew but also 900 ‘new’ pilots.
Air Belgium, the new airline company which is soon going to offer its first intercontinental flights to Hong Kong with departure from Charleroi, already has more than 260 vacancies. The company already has about hundred employees on its payroll (64 pilots and cabin staff) and targets to 360 by the end of this year.
Brussels Airlines estimates a number of 750 new employees this year. Already 400 for the ‘wet lease’ of two A330 for Eurowings in Düsseldorf (Germany), all under Belgian contract. The others will be recruited to reinforce or replace the teams in Brussels in all kinds of services.
5 extra airplanes
TUI Fly (ex-Jetair Fly), the second Belgian airline company, adds 5 extra airplanes to its fleet, bringing it to a total of 32. The company needs 250 people: 160 hostesses and stewards, 64 pilots and 23 engineers. In 2017 TUI Fly already recruited 330 people.
The last years the aviation sector is booming and the estimated double amount of passengers (from 4 to 8 billion of travelers) by 2035 seems to be more and more realistic. This reassuring trend stimulates airline companies to order new airplanes to fly all future passengers and at the same time rejuvenate their fleet with less consuming and more environmentally friendly airplanes.
As a result Airbus recently has registered its biggest order in history for 430 A320Neo models, the newest generation, a group order for several low cost companies in the United States, Chili, Mexico and Hungary. And to staff all those airplanes even more people are needed. The recruiting activities thus only are small beer compared to what will be happening in the years to come.