ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines says it plans to hire at least 1,800 flight attendants as it plans for growth next year. <br />
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the airline has already begun taking applications for the positions with interviews set to begin in the fall. <br />
The first flight attendants will enter training in January. Officials say the company received more than 100,000 applications during a previous round of hiring for flight attendants. <br />
Delta reported an $801 million profit in the second quarter, up 17 percent from a year earlier. The company is projecting that its flight schedule will grow 2 to 3 percent in the third quarter compared to a year earlier. <br />
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.