American Airlines announced its plans to hire more than 1,500 flight attendants in 2013.

The company will begin recruiting and hiring flight attendants in November and the first new-hire class will begin training in January 2013. American Airlines took the decision to make new hiring after current flight attendants were forced to chose the voluntary separation options, many of the quitting their jobs due to the aggressive training schedule during the transition for the new flight attendant contract.

“For the first time in over a decade, American is seeking to add more than 1,500 new flight attendants who we believe will bring new perspectives to the airline,” said Lauri Curtis, American’s Vice President Flight Service. “We value our flight attendants and appreciate the important contributions they make to our company every day.

The job opening will be posted in November, and eligible candidates will submit their interest on the company’s website. The company plans to begin the selection process for the new-hire flight attendants in December.

In February, American Airlines was announcing its plan to cut labor costs by 20%, eliminating 13,000 jobs, and replace the pension plans and end company-paid retiree healthcare.


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