Three years after it let go about 6,000 staff as part of its restructuring efforts, Malaysia Airlines Bhd is hiring again, according to a report in The Edge Financial Daily.

The recruitment is needed because Malaysia Airlines is expanding its network and fleet size.

The airline has listed vacancies for cabin crew and 11 other jobs – such as analyst, captain, first officer, fleet manager, airline security and customer service trainee – on its website’s career section.

The report said the national carrier has had three job fairs since the beginning of this year for cabin crew recruitment in Penang, Melaka and Pahang. It will hold another recruitment drive for cabin crew in Petaling Jaya tomorrow.

A spokesman for the company was quoted as saying: “Malaysia Airlines recently began a recruitment drive for pilots and cabin crew to fulfil current operational needs. Since 2016, the airline has expanded its network by adding several destinations and increasing frequency, as well as up-gauging its services to wide-body operations.

“Malaysia Airlines continues to fly up to 40,000 passengers daily as a result of a significant increase in the number of flights operated by the national airline.”

However, it did not disclose the number of people it is seeking to recruit or whether it plans to rehire those who were laid off in 2015.

As part of its five-year recovery plan, the former Malaysia Airlines System shed 6,000 people from its 20,000 employees and cut 30% of its routes to focus on more profitable domestic and regional routes in August 2015, following its delisting from Bursa Malaysia on Dec 31, 2014.

On Dec 8 last year, Malaysia Airlines announced that its network expansion was on track, with two new routes introduced in the third quarter of 2017- Chongqing in China and Surabaya in Indonesia. In June this year, it will resume the Kuala Lumpur-Brisbane route, which it suspended in 2015, and will add frequencies to Adelaide and Perth, according to the report.

Malaysia Airlines is expected to take delivery of six wide-body Airbus A330-200s and six A350-900s from this year, The Edge Financial Daily reported. The first of the A350-900s has been operating on its flagship service from Kuala Lumpur to London since Jan 15.

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