Top 5 airlines to work for


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Even though the airline industry is a highly competitive environment for candidates, it pays to have your sights set high when it comes to identifying your preferred employer.  At AviationMatch we work with a host of global aviation companies, but over the years have developed an understanding of how certain companies in the aviation sector work.  This has enabled us to make up a shortlist of what we believe to be some of the top airlines to work for. 

Although certain companies come and go on our Top Ten, there are 5 that pretty much always feature in our list of favourites.  In this article we’ll share a little bit of information about each with you, and no matter whether you’re looking out for a UK airline pilot job, a position in cabin crew in the middle east or an aircraft engineer job, we hope you’ll find this information useful. Here they are:

1. Based in Dubai, The Emirates Group is one of the best known airlines in the world.  Highly profitable and employing over 50,000 employees the group provides airline communications with more than 125 destinations over 6 continents, using 180 wide-bodied aircraft.  This powerful market position makes Emirates Airline a highly attractive solution for travellers as well as job candidates.  Having the power to demand the best of the best, Emirates describes their working environment in Dubai as modern and offering one of the most desirable lifestyles in the world.  With a highly diverse cultural base, one of the big pulls for many people is the tax-free salary and benefits on offer in this part of the world.

2. A forward-thinking company, Qatar Airways describe themselves as a truly global brand.  A five-star airline, Qatar employs people from over a hundred and fifty different nationalities across their company.  With a highly focused mission statement, you can be sure that if you join Qatar Airways that you will be on a fast track to maximising your development opportunities and opening doors that mightn’t otherwise be accessible.

3. The United Arab Emirates second biggest airline, Etihad Airways has its Head office in Khalifa City in Abu Dhabi.  An airline that was created in 2003, Etihad Airways boasts a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft and flies to the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.  With a passenger arm, holiday businesses and a cargo company, Etihad has a great range of opportunities for candidates across every part of the aviation industry.

4. Southwest Airlines is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.  Established in the late 1960s, the airline reportedly employs just short of 50,000 people and operates almost 4,000 flights every day.  A true giant in the aviation industry, it goes without saying that no matter whether you are seeking out pilot jobs, cabin crew jobs or engineering jobs, Southwest Airlines have their fair share of vacancies on an ongoing basis.

5. Virgin Atlantic, which is the trading name for Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited is a proudly British airline, which is headquartered in Crawley in West Sussex.  It’s a company that has become a household name in the UK, in part thanks to the involvement of Richard Branson, a lively and fruitful entrepreneur who got involved in the aviation industry after being a bit hit in the music sector.  An airline with a string of awards to its name, if you’re keen to work for an aviation company with a British base, then this one should certainly be on your list.

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