One of the most glamorous jobs in the aviation industry is being a flight attendant. The idea that you can get paid to travel the world isn’t an urban myth. It’s also true that because of FAA and Transport Canada regulations, airlines must provide rest time between trips for the flight crew. This gives flight attendants the opportunity to sightsee, visit museums and restaurants, and do more than simply fly in and out of foreign airports. Being a flight attendant is a prestigious position, and with it comes responsibility. The primary role of a flight attendant is to ensure the passengers’ safety. Second to that is providing excellent customer service.
Flight attendants make up almost 20 percent of the 515,000 employees that comprise the aviation workforce. Unfortunately, in the downturn that resulted after September 11th, flight attendants were hit hard, and many were furloughed. As airlines make a slow and steady recovery, the need for flight attendants will increase. That’s not to say that jobs aren’t available, but competition is still fierce. In this section of Airline Job Finder, we provide you the inside information on what you need to know, and the skills you need, in order to have the best shot at getting hired as a flight attendant.
We provide descriptions of other airline jobs as well along with details about salary and benefits. Be sure to read the detailed interview with Linda and Jackie. These two flight attendants have worked together at a major US airline for almost thirty years. Not only do they share what their jobs are really like, but they also reveal the secrets to getting a job as a flight attendant.