Delta plans to hire 1,800 flight attendants

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, which has a large presence in the Twin Cities, says it plans to hire at least 1,800 flight attendants over the next year, reports say.

“We anticipate 2015 to be another big year for flight attendant hiring and pilot hiring due to our expected growth,” said Delta chief executive Richard Anderson in a message to employees, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Delta projects its flight schedule will grow 2 to 3 percent in the third quarter compared to a year earlier, The Associated Press says. In the last two years, Delta has led the airline industry in a "renaissance," The Motley Fool says, noting the airline's stock has quadrupled due to rapid margin expansion and increasing investor confidence.

The airline began taking applications for the flight attendant positions last week, according to Delta's hiring website.

Officials expect a high number of applicants to apply for the available positions – the company received more than 100,000 applications during a previous round of flight attendant hirings, reports say.

It's not known where the airline will be doing its hiring.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal says Delta began hiring pilots again last year for the first time since 2010, and increased those efforts in 2014.

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