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Etihad to recruit more cabin crew

At least 100 cabin crew members will be recruited by Etihad Airways in Dublin.

Boss James Hogan said that these positions would be based in Abu Dhabi. Pay packages amount to about €40,000 annually, tax-free with subsidised accommodation.

Mr Hogan made the announcement as he arrived for the two-day forum of global business leaders at Dublin Castle.

"If we can find 200, we'll take them," Mr Hogan added,

Etihad has been flying from Dublin to Abu Dhabi since 2007 and has invested €16m here since its launch. The company is looking to hire 2,000 new crew in 2012 as it continues expanding.

Dubai-based rival Emirates will step up the competition when they launch here in January.

But Mr Hogan encouraged the competition.

"We compete with them on most of the routes we fly," he said. "My view is that the more direct flights to the Middle East the better. There'll be even less reason for people to fly through London."