Delta Air Lines Inc. is adding back 1,000 flight attendants, including recalling more than 400 who were on a voluntary furlough.
The focus of the hiring is on foreign-language speakers who can work on international flights. Delta spokeswoman Betsy Talton says the airline is looking for flight attendants who speak languages including Japanese, Mandarin, Dutch, and Spanish.
The new flight attendants will begin training in January and should be flying by the middle of next year.
Delta has received more than 85,000 applications for the flight attendant jobs. The last time Delta hired new flight attendants was in 2008.