By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
About this month last year, we attempted to predict which airlines will hire more cabin crew and we got most of them correctly. This year, we try to predict which airlines will be opening its doors for more cabin crew via regular hiring and open day events. These are only our predictions, we are not confirming anything yet but then again, it is always best to be prepared. Besides, air travel in the Asia Pacific region is poised to grow at a significant rate.
So what are the airlines to prepare for in 2020?
With more than 50 aircraft to be delivered in the upcoming years, there is no doubt that Cebu Pacific is increasing capacity at its present destinations and will definitely be adding more. Just this year, they released a lot of cabin crew batches for both Cebu Pacific and CebGo. They staged open days around the Philippines and even accepted walk-in applicants for cabin crew, hence, we do predict that the same may happen in 2020.
Up to November just this year, PAL Express staged a cabin crew initial interview open day hiring. We expect that the same will happen in 2020, where the airline will be going around the Philippines staging open days and hiring events. We also predict that the airline may start accepting walk-in applicants. The airline is bound to add more routes, particularly interisland routes hence, the need for more cabin crew eventually.
This year, Philippine Airlines released seven cabin crew batches. With 14 more Airbus A321NEO to be delivered to the airline together with perhaps the increase in capacity of present routes, it seems like PAL will be needing more cabin crew. The question though is how many batches. PAL accepted a lot of applicants this year where some were included in a pool of upcoming trainees for the next batches, so one we cannot predict is the number of batches that will be taken in via the present pool or outside hiring.
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The Philippines unit of the AirAsia group, Philippines AirAsia, is looking to increase capacity in 2020 and beyond. This include the addition of new aircraft into the fleet like the Airbus A321NEO which can carry 236 passengers, a significant increase from their present A320 fleet. At the same time, AirAsia Malaysia has also staged hiring events in the Philippines to be based in Malaysia. With the growth of AirAsia, we do predict more cabin crew hiring this 2020, both for Philippines and Malaysia.
Through its recruitment agency partner in the Philippines, TDG Human Resource Management, Japan Airlines have announced that they are hiring more cabin crew for pooling, so we do feel this will go until next year.
As for Middle East airlines particularly Saudi Arabian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad, and Emirates, it is hard to predict as of the moment whether they will be hiring cabin crew from the Philippines by 2020 or not, but it is always best to prepared incase they will. While there are rumors and unconfirmed reports that these Middle East carriers may not hire that much Filipinos, its just best to wait for official word and to be prepared.
Watch out also for Chinese and Vietnamese low-cost airlines as their huge expansion may send them over to the Philippines to take in more cabin crew.
Again, all these are just our predictions and we are not confirming nor denying anything. Please do always check with the airlines themselves better yet.