How to get a flight attendant job | Flight Attendant Job details to know


Can you imagine walking around the terminals of the most important airports in the world with a VIP pass, traveling anywhere in the world and also charging for it? Then read on and find out how to get a flight attendant/cabin crew job.

Flight attendants (also known and known as cabin crew) lead a life of glamor meeting crowds of people and places. With a smile always on lip, these professionals air make our trip a breeze. Flight attendants are responsible for ensuring our safety and meeting our demands. There are also the eyes of the pilot in the passenger cabin.

But everything that glitters is not gold. These people of the sky usually sleep little, work long hours and are always on guard. Without a doubt, a true vocation. If you’ve always dreamed of being a flight attendant and do not know you have to do or what steps to take, Skyscanner & has prepared for you a practical guide with everything you need to know to start your career in the air.

Previous information

If you want to be a flight attendant you will have to know what your functions will be in the air. Flight attendants are not only in charge of serving passengers or serving drinks. Among its most important tasks, it is to ensure the safety of travelers. They are responsible for checking the emergency equipment (doors, lights, stairs, luggage compartments, ramps and safety belts), periodically check the wash basins to prevent fires and ensure that the passage follows the safety instructions.

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Physicals conditions


To be a flight attendant you have to meet some minimum requirements. No need to be a top model to work stewardess. But this work requires good presence and a personal image that is neat and clean. No piercings or tattoos visible. Nor do they like the dyes of flashy colors too much. Many airlines also demand that you have a certain height. So, if you’re less than six feet, you’ll have a hard time working as a flight attendant. Age is also a factor. You have to be of age. The fork moves between 21 and 32 without previous experience and up to 35 years with experience. Weight can also be an obstacle.

Good health

To be a flight attendant you have to be healthier than an apple. And to prove it will have to provide a medical certificate class 2 which costs about 100 euros, depending on the authorized center. There they will measure your eyesight, your hearing, you will be asked for a urine and blood test and they will give you an electrocardiogram. If you have more than 3 diopters, you will not be able to pass this phase of the process.



If you want to fly in the air as a flight attendant, before you must have passed the baccalaureate. Some airlines also value positively having a university degree, especially in the field of Communication and Public Relations. Languages are also a plus when applying to be a flight attendant. A good level of spoken and written English will open the gates of heaven, literally. If you also master another language such as Russian or German, do not hesitate to put it on the resume. This kind of knowledge is valued and much in the selection process.

Previous professional experience

If you want a company to consider your application, it is highly recommended before acquiring some experience in customer service. Any work that proves your competence to deal with the public will be a plus in your resume.


Be cleaner than a paten

And not only personal image lives the hostess. To work in an airline, it is essential that your court record is unblemished. So go get the criminal record certificate … You’re going to need it.

Driving license

It is highly recommended to have a driving license and your own vehicle to be a flight attendant. The companies do not require it, although it will be very useful. Keep in mind that there will be many days that you have to be at 4 in the morning at the airport. If you do not want to leave your salary in taxis, driving is your only option.


To know how to swim

And not just to float in the water. You have to know how to swim and very well. To be a stewardess, you will have to pass several tests in confined water and demonstrate your skills as swimmers. Some will involve life rafts, another tow of people and some will have with flares. So start doing laps in your gym pool.


Study to be flight attendant

Do you think this was everything? Then you have the most important thing. For flight attendant will have to pass a course of Cabin Crew Passenger (TCP) in an approved school for Civil Aviation. At the end of these studies (which can last between 3 and 6 months) and once passed the theoretical and practical examination, you will get the certificate of TCP issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) that allow you to work as stewardess flight Any Spanish airline. You will study aviation history, law, mechanics, aviation medicine and some geography and psychology. You will also have practical swimming, English, and fire extinction classes. The course costs about 3000 euros.It is not mandatory to take the course before throwing your first resume since many of the companies impart theirs (which you will have to pay out of your pocket), although it is highly recommended. Make sure that the school in which you register is homologated by Civil Aviation.


Geographical availability

If you want to make sure that your resume is not lost in the database, be sure to put capital letters in your cover letter that have geographical availability. Understanding that you will not be able to choose where you want to live, and being willing to leave everything, will be something that companies value very positively. He thinks it is very difficult for your base is the city where you currently live and can take years to get a change.



Here is a series of additional information that will be very useful in your career as a flight attendant.


Flight steward salaries vary depending on the airline and, very dramatically, on seniority.Thus, an air hostess who just started his career in the air can collect between 17,000 euros and 20,000 euros annually. A flight attendant with many hours of flying behind her can expect to charge up to about 40,000 euros, but that only in companies based in Madrid.The salary is never fixed because it will depend on the number of flights performed that particular month.

Diets and advantages

In addition to the salary, flight attendants have the possibility to travel for free or at a very low cost. That will depend on the seniority and the company for which you work. But often, you and your family will enjoy benefits and promotions for free travel where the company flies. Diets are also a plus in salary and are charged if you have to make the night out of your base.



Starting as a flight attendant are tough. When your career is starting, it will be your turn. You have to be available 24 hours because, at any time, you can get the call from the company to fly with only two hours notice.


In general, it usually flies about 20 days a month. There will be days that you have more than one flight and others you only have once. There will also be days that your day starts at 5 in the afternoon and others at 5 in the morning. So you get used to playing disparate times and much unforeseen.

If you meet these requirements and, for you the pros outweigh the cons, you are ready to start your career as a flight attendant.

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  1. What is the pay scale of a flight attendant serving top airlines like Etihad, Emirates, etc.?

    Amy Jasmina Jagarinec, former Flight Attendant at Emirates Airlines

    I’ve worked for Qatar Airways for 2 years and Emirates Airlines for 4 years. The pay scale is similar but first I’ll briefly explain the 3 components that make up your take home salary at the end of the month. The first part is your ‘Basic Salary’. This is a fixed monthly income that you will always make even if you’ve become sick or unable to fly for some reason (illness, accident, etc). This portion of your salary starts at the lowest pay grade for cabin crew because everyone starts working in the economy cabin. After your probationary 6 months have been completed, you get a slight increase and it keeps increasing as you get promoted up the chain of command from economy to business to first class and then onto senior supervisory roles within the aircraft. If I remember correctly, Qatar’s basic pay for economy crew was something like 3,500 QR, and Emirate’s was something like 3,600 AED, both just shy of 1,000 USD.

    The second way you make money is ‘Flying Hours’. This is self-explanatory. Expect to fly anywhere from 80–120 block hours a month. Flying hours are calculated from the moment the ‘chocks’ are removed from behind the wheels in order to taxi onto the runway for take off, to the moment the aircraft parks in its destination airport and the ‘chocks’ (aka blocks) are put back into place. You don’t get paid for the time spent pre-flight in the briefing room, for boarding, pre-take off duties, or anything like that, nor do you get paid for the time spent or work you do during disembarkation and anytime thereafter (airport, travel to hotel). This is a rate that also increases as you climb the ranks.

    The last way you make money is with ‘Layover Allowance’. This is a fixed amount that is either given to you in an envelope (cash, as was the case with Emirates) when you check into the hotel at your destination, or credited to your bank account at the end of the month (as with Qatar). The layover allowance is calculated based on the cost of feeding yourself at the designated crew hotel and this is dependent on the cost of living of that particular city in which you have a layover. It also depends on how long your layover is. For example, if you have a flight to Paris and your layover there is 48 hours, you’ll be given money to feed yourself for 2 days. Something like 120€. If you have a flight to India with the same layover length, you’ll be given much less. Even though you’ve spent the same amount of time away from base you’ll make less money because the cost of living is cheaper. Weather you spend the money on food at the hotel or outside is entirely up to you. Some crew use the money to sightsee or go to clubs and party. Anyways you’ll get enough money to do more than just eat. You might even have some leftover of you don’t go nuts with the shopping.

    Taking all of this into consideration and using Emirates as an example:

    Economy class crew can make anywhere from 8000–11,000 AED per month

    Business crew 9000–13,000 AED

    First Class 11,000–14,000 AED

    Cabin Seniors 12,000–15,000 AED

    Pursers 14,000–18,000 AED or more

    Note: $1 USD = 3.65 AED, you do the math

    Your pay will fluctuate from month to month because of the 2 variables; flying hours and layover allowance.

    You’ll typically spend 2 years in economy, 2 years in business, 1–2 years as first class crew, another 2 years as a cabin senior, then you’ll be eligible to apply for the Purser position.

    So it’ll likely take you 6 or more years to reach the highest pay grade as cabin crew.

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