Virgin Atlantic to recruit 400 new cabin crew members

Virgin Atlantic is to recruit 400 new cabin crew members as part of its pandemic recovery plans.

The drive marks the airline’s first external recruitment for two years after being forced to put hundreds of cabin crew on furlough and make swingeing job cuts in the early days of the crisis.

The carrier said 750 cabin crew had returned to a holding pool from extended furlough in 2021, with more than 230 due to return in the first quarter of 2022.

Estelle Hollingsworth, chief people officer, said: “It’s the best jobs that make people fly, and we couldn’t be more excited to be welcoming so many new cabin crew members to take to the skies with our recruitment drive.

“We’re committed to supporting diversity both on the ground and on board, so are seeking people from all backgrounds who aspire to be the friendly, smiling and professional face that is the airline – with the iconic Virgin Atlantic style and flair.

“We champion difference and individuality, and it’s by encouraging all of our people to truly be themselves at work that we uphold an inclusive environment where they each can thrive.”

Virgin said the roles will be offered on an initial six-month fixed term contract with the view to extend.

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