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Sep 20, 2012 MONTREAL, Canada - Air Canada said today that it will hire more than 900 employees over the next 12 months to meet its planned workforce requirements. In addition, 200 new jobs will be created for flight attendants and pilots at the airline's low cost carrier that will be launched in 2013. "Air Canada is undertaking a selective hiring process over the next 12 months in order to seize new commercial opportunities, enhance customer service and renew our workforce. This recruitment program is consistent with our focus on controlling costs to become more competitive in our various markets," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "At a time when youth unemployment is nearly 15 per cent in Canada, we are pleased to offer exciting career opportunities that will especially appeal to young people. These include not only a chance to work at Air Canada's new low cost carrier, where 200 new jobs will be created in anticipation of its 2013 launch, but also for the mainline business where we will be actively renewing our airports, in-flight and call centre workforce." Highlights of Air Canada's 2012-13 recruitment program are as follows: • In addition to 160 new customer service call centre agents hired to date in 2012, Air Canada is hiring an additional 60 agents in the coming months for its call centres in Montreal and Toronto. • Air Canada is hiring approximately 400 flight attendants to compensate for attrition and meet planned schedule requirements for its main network airline operation with the first training classes scheduled in October. • Air Canada will be seeking candidates for approximately 500 permanent, part-time and full-time airport customer service agent and baggage handler positions at its major airport bases located across Canada mainly to compensate for attrition as the airline prepares to meet planned operational requirements for its winter schedule. • Air Canada's low cost carrier will be hiring approximately 150 flight attendants and 50 pilots for its launch in 2013. Information on Air Canada job postings is available at aircanada.com/careers where interested candidates with the necessary qualifications can apply online. Preference will be given to candidates fluent in both English and French, and the company will be reaching out to the appropriate language organizations, educational institutions and publications to help identify potential candidates. Source: Air Canada
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