As New Zealand prepares to reopen its international borders by the end of February 2022, its flag carrier, Air New Zealand, continues its cabin crew recruitment drive to match the expected travel demand.
Nearly 200 Air New Zealand crew with temporary work agreements have now signed permanent contracts, the Flight Attendants Association told local media.
The airline is also seeking applications for permanent regional cabin crew at its Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth and Tauranga bases.
Air New Zealand chief people officer Nikki Dines told local media that the newly created permanent roles were for existing crew who had been with the business on fixed-term agreements and had been operating on aircraft throughout the pandemic.
The airline was recruiting for its domestic network and looking at opportunities for existing domestic crew to move to widebody aircraft when the border started to open and international travel returned, she said.
“Any external recruitment will be driven by network demand and a relaxation of international border settings which we expect will then allow us to start welcoming back some of our previous crew members who were sadly impacted by Covid-19,” Dines said.
On its website, the airline has a total of 56 roles ranging from flight attendant to software engineer.
The site also states that job candidates must be entitled to live and work permanently in New Zealand, and a minimum of two years’ customer service experience is preferred.