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Celebrating International Cabin Crew Day on 31 May 2024 with Etihad and Emirates

31 May is International Cabin Crew Day celebrating these customer-facing staff who ensure the safety and comfort of their passengers. Etihad celebrated World Cabin Crew Day with festivities, gifts and prizes for the crew at the Crew Briefing Centre, the state-of-the-art crew check-in facility.

Etihad Airways celebrates World Cabin Crew Day

At Etihad Airways, the airline is on a global recruitment drive to seek remarkable people to join its cabin crew team. The airline has already recruited over 1,000 cabin crew this year and is preparing to hire another 1,000 more by the end of the year. The airline also won this year’s ‘Leading Cabin Crew 2024’ in the World Travel Awards Middle East edition, and ‘Best Cabin Crew 2024’ accolade in the Business Traveller ME Awards. Etihad’s cabin crew is made up of people from 112 nationalities who are based in Abu Dhabi. They enjoy a competitive salary, and are provided with fully-furnished modern accommodation, medical insurance, allowances, and have access to discounts on dining, shopping, leisure activities, car hire and more. Cabin crew also enjoy travel benefits and have access to a wide range of destinations.

“This World Cabin Crew Day, we celebrate and recognise the contribution that our Cabin Crew make to our airline’s success. As Etihad continues to grow, we are looking for exceptional individuals to join our team who share our ambition to become the airline that everyone wants to fly. We’re looking for the world’s best, who will embrace our passion for growing the airline and share our commitment to providing warm hospitality and a truly remarkable experience for our guests. There has never been a better time to enjoy the spirit of Abu Dhabi and all that this fantastic emirate has to offer.”

Dr Nadia Bastaki, Chief People and Corporate Affairs Officer, Etihad

Interested candidates are invited to attend an Open Day, or register their interest and apply online at careers.etihad.com.

Emirates celebrates its 22,000 cabin crew, with about 1,000 members fluent in four or more languages. Some crew members also know sign language, and the airline offers resources to help them learn basic skills. Language barriers don’t exist on an Emirates flight. The airline embraces the diversity of its cabin crew community of over 140 nationalities.

Emirates cabin crew are given specialised training tailored for specific routes, equipping them with the skills to cater to diverse cultural preferences. Whether it’s mastering the art of serving meals with bento trays or wielding chopsticks, crew ensure an authentic and seamless customer experience. Cabin crew also learn about culinary flavours from all corners of the world, are trained to prepare, plate and serve regionally inspired meals – whether its Kaiseki on Japanese routes, Arabic Mezze in the Gulf or Moqueca to Brazil.

“For me it’s the small things that really matter. I love this job because you can help so many people in so many different ways. Once on a long-haul flight, a new mother was exhausted, so we offered to take care of her baby while she rested. All we did was colour and play with him, but the mother woke up so happy and fresh. Those small things matter.” 

Russian cabin crew, Margarita Zhibika shares her inspiration to join Emirates

The crew are trained in preparation for the Holy Month of Ramadan, and understand the specific onboard products, the sensitivities around customers who may be fasting, and how best to accommodate their special needs. Last year, Emirates cabin crew celebrated over 15 major festivals onboard – Eid, Oktoberfest, Christmas, Holi, Diwali, Lunar New Year and many more – and served traditional cuisine and sweet treats the authentic way.

“I’ve always wanted to be a part of the Emirates crew community and wanted to represent Barbados as well. We’re such a small country and Emirates is the world’s largest international airline, so it really means the world to me to be able to come this far and represent my country and travel the world while doing it.”

Melissa Brathwaite from Barbados summed up her nine years at Emirates

This year, the world’s largest international airline is recruiting more than 5,000 cabin crew from over 460 cities. For aspiring cabin crew, the opportunity to join Emirates is one recruitment event away. To learn more about the requirements, benefits, training programme, global recruitment events calendar and to apply, visit Emirates cabin crew careers page here.

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