Becoming an Air hostess, is one of the jobs that a lot of graduates dream to have. Air hostess, are also known as stewardesses/stewards, cabin crew, cabin attendants or flight attendants in the industry and the world. Heinrick Kubis, a German, was the world’s first flight attendant in the year 1912, while Ellen Church was world’s first female flight attendant in the 1930’s. Since, then the profession on air hostesses has come a long way. The charm of being able to travel to different locations, meet abundant of people, travel with business magnate or super stars is attractive to anyone who knows about this career choice. In the airline career line, air hostesses is considered to be a prime profession. No matter how tempting or lucrative the profession may sound it calls for ample amount of hard work. Air hostesses, have be impeccably groomed and well dressed for all the flights. They need to constantly greet the customer, look after the passengers on the flight and take care of the pilots and the other staff members of the flying crew. They need to maintain a calm and composed composure in difficult time and with difficult flyers. All of the tasks performed by the Air hostesses, call for good set of communication and interpersonal skills. Overall no one can deny the hard work and skills of an Air hostess, may it be in comforting a distressed passenger or ensuring the safety of the passengers, crew and pilots.
The job profile of an air hostess is what actually test the skills and learning of the air hostess. Though the needs and the demands of the flights may change, the basic job profile of an air hostess, broadly consist of the following:
The responsibilities of an air hostess begins even before the flight on ground and ends way after the last passenger has gotten off the flight. The different set of duties and responsibilities assigned to an air hostess is to ensure the ease of flying for passengers. Some of the responsibilities on ground, in flight and landing are:
ON GROUND RESPONSIBILITIES
Becoming an air hostess requires specific set of skills to ensure that passengers receive the bets of the best during their fight time. The skill required include but are not limited to the following:
The candidate needs to have the following in order to be eligible to work with an airline:
There are various institutes which offer certificate course, diploma and degree programs which can take one, a few steps further in becoming an airhostess. These course focus on imparting a vast number of skill in field including emergency management, catering training, navigations skills and more.
These course can be taken for a period of one year after finishing +2 in any recognized field. These include:
Degree programs are for a period of one years, which can be taken up after 12th standard done in any field. These include:
These are the one which take up to three years after schooling, they include:
There are plethora of colleges offering air hostesses and related courses to anyone who wants to join this primary field of airline work. Some of the best institutes that offer such courses are:
Every airline has its own examinations for selecting their air hostesses. The selection process can be divided into three main stages:
Only after clearing the above round, the selected candidate will undergo a training of a period of six months (may vary according to airline), before beginning their job with the airline.
When it comes to an air hostess job, the international airlines tend to better than the domestic ones. In domestic airlines according to current salary standards, an airhostess, earn somewhere between Rs. 25, 000 – Rs. 40, 000. However, in senior level position, one can get paid up to, Rs. 50, 000 – Rs. 70, 000 in domestic fights. A private airline might also pay as high as Rs. 2 Lakh per month. The salary is directly proportional to how good and famous is the airline. Along with a good salary, some airlines also provide benefits like medical insurance, retirement plan, additional allowances and in house flight discounts to the employee (and their family members).
The market is filled with companies who are always on the outlook for a good air hostess. Some of the big names in the market are:
The growth and development in this job heavily depend upon the kind of experience that one gains through their career. After 10 years of a career as an air hostess, the airline might shift one to other positions like on ground crew or check hostess. The scope of the job is immense, but the job does call for a specific set of skills and personality. If one thinks that they fit the bill, then this is the profession to join and grow in.