Cabin crew is one of the prime roles in the aviation industry. A cabin crew, which comprises of air hostess (female) and/or flight steward (male), are responsible for the comfort, welfare and safety of the passengers on board. Apart from checking the comfort facilities for the travelers they also have the responsibility to check all the emergency arrangements before taking off and landing of the flight.
According to the regulation, no member of the aircrew will fly more than 72 hours in a month. This ensures work-life balance along with attractive salaries. In India, an air hostess can earn between Rs 16,000 and Rs 45,000 in domestic airlines. In international flights, the number tends to go higher. After a few years of servicing as cabin crew, they can get promoted to head attendant and enjoy a higher salary package.
The Indian aviation industry is the third-largest in the world as reported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This sector has witnessed tremendous growth over the last few decades with the rising economic infrastructure of the country. According to the economic report by Goldman Sachs, the country has about six million aircraft and 400 million passenger departures. Choosing the career as an air hostess is beneficial for young candidates for the nature of the job, the salary it pays and its future it holds for them.
To become an air hostess, the aspirant should have completed 10+2 education in any stream or an undergraduate degree in aviation. The age limit for applying for the course is between 17 years and 26 years. The candidate should be a minimum of five foot and two inches tall in height. The candidate should be unmarried at the time of applying for the course. They should have normal eyesight or corrected to 6/6 in both the eyes. The candidate should be medically fit and have a pleasing personality.
To apply for the training, the candidate can directly go to the training institutes or the airlines after seeing an opening. After selection, the airlines will conduct an initial screening process, in which the height and weight of the candidate are accessed. The candidate has to clear the entrance test conducted by the airlines. After passing the test, the main interview will be conducted to access the voice, language fluency, communication skill and personality of the candidate. The selected candidates will be offered air hostess training by the airline for a period of six months.
Air Hostess is a course that demands a lot of soft skills and personality training. The air hostess is required to be confident, and have a pleasant and friendly personality. Other skills that are required are: