Dubai-based carrier Emirates has said it will be hiring 4,000 new cabin crew workers in 2011.

The news comes as the airline continues its expansion efforts. The company said this week that it has already begun the hiring process in countries on all six continents in which it operates and the number of cabin crewmembers for Emirates has now exceeded 12,000 – a figure larger than ever before. The carrier is currently working at ITB in Berlin for the next week to bring on additional German-speaking staff.

Cabin crew for Emirates is comprised of more than 130 nationalities and collectively speak more than 80 different languages. They work on a fleet of more than 150 aircraft including 15 Airbus A380 super-jumbo jets, which are operated by almost 300 pilots. As the carrier expands, it has some 200 additional aircraft on order, inclusive of 75 super-jumbo jets.

Emirates introduced three new destinations for passengers this year.  Flights to Basra, Iraq began on the 2nd of February whilst service to Geneva, Switzerland will commence on the 1st of June and service to Copenhagen will begin on the 1st of August. In total, the airline currently flies to some 110 destinations in more than 65 countries.