Virgin Atlantic looking for 500 new cabin crew

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Media captionSteve Ridgeway, Virgin Atlantic: "We want to see growth pick up and the prospects of the economy improve"

Airline Virgin Atlantic is to employ 500 new cabin crew under plans to expand its network and fleet for 2012.

The jobs will be based London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

The extra posts are being created for Virgin Atlantic's new routes to Cancun and Vancouver, as well as other long-haul network destinations such as New York, Barbados, Las Vegas and Shanghai.

The airline is also set to take delivery of seven new A330-300 aircraft later in the year.

Virgin Atlantic's chief executive, Steve Ridgeway. said it was "very tough out there" but that there were some small signs of encouragement in the UK economy.

"Many companies in the private sector are trying to grow their business," he told the BBC.

He added that the firm's January bookings had been encouraging.

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