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How do I become a flight attendant?

From TRAVELBOOK | September 11, 2018, 11:52 am

Flight attendants travel all over the world. At first glance, it's a dream job. But it also demands a lot from you and is more demanding than many think. TRAVELBOOK shows what you need to bring with you to become a flight attendant, how the training is organized and what salary you can expect.

What for many means the start of their vacation is normal everyday work for flight attendants. Whether from Frankfurt to New York or to Munich - the time before departure and above the clouds is pure routine for you. Greet passengers, stow suitcases, distribute sandwiches and drinks. That's only a small part of the job. The on-board staff ensures a smooth flight.

"As a flight attendant, we primarily make sure that the passengers feel comfortable and safe on board," says Susanne Gier. The 46-year-old has been a flight attendant for the Condor airline for 24 years and has so far been deployed on well over 1,000 flights around the world. The shift on board begins long before departure, while the passengers are still frolicking at the check-in. Depending on the time of departure, this can sometimes be in the middle of the night.

In a briefing, the 46-year-old and her colleagues first discuss all the special features of the flight and assign responsibilities. This also includes tasks that are not directly visible to the guests, such as checking the emergency equipment. Once the guests are on board, the uniformed flight attendants slip into the role of contact persons, restaurateurs and first aid providers.

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What are the requirements?

What you have to bring with you in the job is a lot of stress tolerance and empathy. “You have to be able to cope with your own sensitivities,” says Daniel Flohr from the independent flight attendant organization UFO. On their travels around the world, flight attendants encounter different cultures every day, and dealing with them often requires a great deal of sensitivity.

Flexibility is not only required when it comes to contact with passengers. Whether the Rio de Janeiro flight over New Year's Eve or a business plane on a Monday morning: flight attendants are needed seven days a week and 365 days a year. “You don't know public holidays or the classic weekend,” says Flohr. Even if employees are sometimes allowed to express preferred destinations or days for the duty roster, they have to be prepared for flights worldwide and at any time. They are usually on duty around 20 days a month.

Flight attendants who want to be part of an on-board crew must be at least 1.60 meters tall and 18 years old. A certain school leaving certificate is not required. However, good English skills are a basic requirement for dealing with international passengers. “Experience in the catering or service industry is also helpful,” says Frank Petro. He is a training manager at Air Crew Service, a training facility for cabin crew in Munich. Physical fitness is also important: “You constantly move between time and climate zones,” says Petro. "That can be stressful in the long run."

This is how flight attendant training works

The classic way to become a flight attendant is through six to eight weeks of training at an airline, as they can provide training specifically for their machines and fleets. For the job above the clouds, the trainees learn, for example, the theoretical basics of aviation or the communication rules of the cabin crew. “All processes have to run perfectly in the air,” says Petro. “Especially in critical situations.” Practical exercises such as fire extinguishing, first aid and survival training are therefore on the schedule.

After completing their training, flight attendants are an integral part of the multi-person crew on board. After a few years of professional experience, you can be promoted to cabin manager, the so-called “purser”, who also takes on managerial tasks and communicates with the cockpit. In airlines such as Condor, flight attendants also often work in the headquarters, for example as a marketing employee or supervisor for the cabin crew.

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How much do you earn as a flight attendant?

The starting salary of a flight attendant can be around 1700 euros gross, but it can also be significantly lower. In addition to their salaries, flight attendants gain a lot of travel experience throughout their professional career. Maldives, Phuket, New York - those who love to travel will get their money's worth with this job. On long-haul flights, the crew usually stays on site for one to two days to recover from the flight. Time enough to enjoy a little holiday feeling. "Sometimes you start in the cold and then sit with your feet in the white sand after the flight," says Susanne Gier. "You often forget that you are actually on duty."

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