Air Canada Rouge hiring hundreds of flight attendants as it adds western base

MONTREAL – Air Canada Rouge is hiring hundreds of additional flight attendants as it prepares to launch flights this spring out of Calgary and Vancouver.

The Air Canada subsidiary, which began flying last year, expects to nearly double its workforce to 650 by the end of 2014 when the number of aircraft increases to 33.

The low-cost carrier currently employs 220 workers out of Toronto and Montreal for eight Airbus A319s and two Boeing 767s.

The company (TSX:AC.A) says the flight attendants hired for the western expansion must live within a 90-minute drive of the Vancouver airport.

Those serving routes out of Calgary will shuttle from Vancouver on Air Canada flights.

Rouge has been expanded since beginning service last July with four planes. Six planes were added by the end of 2013 and the fleet is slated to increase to 16 planes by April.

Another 110 crew are beginning training mid-January in Toronto and Montreal.

The airline said details on new routes and fares will released in the coming weeks.

Interviews for the new flight attendant positions will be conducted in Vancouver later this month.

Air Canada Rouge says it has received more than 16,000 resumes and hopes to receive several thousand more for Western Canada.

Air Canada Rouge flies to destinations in Europe and the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States.




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