PhotoAmerican Airlines has been in the news quite a bit recently, with stories ranging from the possibility of a merger with US Airways to problems with loose seats to plans by passenger service agents to unionize.

Now, the carrier has announced plans to bring more than 1,500 new flight attendants onboard over the next year.

November recruitment

American will begin the process of recruitment and hiring in November, with the first new-hire class beginning training in January 2013. American says what it calls “the overwhelming response by current flight attendants to the company's recent voluntary separation options, combined with an aggressive training schedule during the transition to the newly established flight attendant contract,” led to the ability to welcome hire new flight attendants.

"For the first time in over a decade, American is seeking to add more than 1,500 new flight attendants who we believe will bring new perspectives to the airline," said Lauri Curtis, American's vice president – Flight Service. "We look forward to welcoming new faces and working together to bring a fresh energy to our team, while at the same time giving current flight attendants the opportunity to move up the seniority list and reducing the number of current flight attendants who have to serve on reserve."

The airline will post the job openings in November, at which time eligible candidates can visit go here and submit their resume's.

American intends to start the selection process for new-hire flight attendant candidates in early December, with the first training course starting in late January.

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