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Delta Hiring 1,000 Flight Attendants; Over 100,000 Have Applied

Photo Courtesy - Delta Airlines(ATLANTA) -- Delta Air Lines is having what might possibly be the most-popular job search in a long time. More than 100,000 people have applied for just 1,000 openings as flight attendants.

Part of the reason behind the huge turnout might be the nation's persistently high unemployment rate, but the airline says that a lot of people just want to fly.

"I realized that I didn't want to be in an office 9 to 5," said Jordan Leonard, a flight attendant who has worked 20 years for Delta and now also helps with hiring.  "I'm about to go all around the world; Europe, South America, Asia.  You name it, I've probably been there."

And it's exactly that international focus that Delta is seeking.

U.S. airlines have finally returned to profitability, in part by cutting flights.  Some of those flights are returning now but more importantly Delta is making an aggressive push into new, more-lucrative international routes.  And that's really where most of these 1,000 new flight attendant jobs come in.

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