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Delta hiring 300 flight attendants; 22,000 apply in first week

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Being a flight attendant is often considered a thankless, low-paying profession that can be downright demeaning. But that hasn't stopped 22,000 hopefuls from applying for an announced 300 positions in just the first week after the world's second-largest airline, Atlanta-based Delta, posted the openings outside of the company. Clearly, having the ability to travel the world at minimal cost continues to be a very attractive benefit of airline employment.

According to CEO Richard Anderson, the company received applications at an astonishing rate of two per minute. The company plans to begin interviewing in January, with the new-hires taking to the air in June, the beginning of peak travel season. The number of flight attendants hired may increase to as many as 400 depending on the foreign language abilities of the applicants.

As Delta rapidly expands its international routes, it is seeking bi-lingual cabin crew who speak not only English, but Japanese, Hindi, Mandarin and Portuguese. The carrier recently announced plans to develop its Seattle/Tacoma International Airport base into a primary departure point for flights to Asia from the U.S.. It also will be adding service from 11 new U.S. cities to Paris next year, linking those flights with SkyTeam partner Air France's hub operation to hundreds of additional destinations. Delta already flies a daily non-stop flight to Paris from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.