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Dubai’s Emirates airline aims to hire 5,000 more cabin crew staff as it expands its fleet and adds new routes this year.

Promising stronger prospects of growing up the professional ladder during their career, the airline has reached more than 20,000 crew members from 135 nationalities which speak over 55 languages.

“There are many opportunities for progression within the airline as well as being promoted through the cabin crew ranks. Many crew progress from Economy Class to Business Class in less than 18 months and others who stay on have become Pursers or cabin crew leaders onboard in around five to six years,” the airline said.

“Now at 20,000 cabin crew, we have come a long way in a short span of time, and we are proud to celebrate this milestone with our talented and passionate team,” said Terry Daly, Divisional Senior Vice President – Service Delivery, Emirates.

“The growth of the cabin crew team has been steadily increasing in line with the arrival of new aircraft, and new routes being added to the network. This year, Emirates expects to hire over 5,000 new cabin crew,” the carrier said.

Currently the world’s largest A380 operator with 57 aircraft in fleet, Emirates is expecting to take delivery of 15 A380s in 2015 and currently has 83 A380s on order.

For the selected cabin crew candidates, its employment package includes free of charge high standard, shared accommodation in Dubai, free accommodation utilities such as water and electricity, free transport to/from work, free insurance, medical and dental cover, as well as exclusive discounts on shopping and leisure activities in Dubai.

For many of Emirates’ cabin crew team, it offers concessional travel benefits for themselves as well as their families and friends.

Earlier this month, it signed $9.2 billion (Dh33.76 billion) engine order with Rolls-Royce order for the A380s.

With a fleet of more than 230 aircraft, it flies to over 140 destinations in more than 80 countries around the world. More than 1,500 Emirates flights depart Dubai each week on their way to destinations on six continents.

Carrying 44.5 million passengers and 2.25 million tonnes of cargo in the financial year 2013-2014, the airline’s financial years starts from April.

During the first-half of 2014-2015 financial year, Emirates carried 23.3 million passengers between April 1 and September 30, 2014, up 8.4 per cent from the same period last year.