Air Hostess is a career for which many of the young girls aspire for. It is a dream career for those who love flying and want to travel around the world.
The aviation industry is growing by leaps and bounds across the world, therefore the future is bright. India has several professional courses that help you prepare for a career as an Air Hostess and Flight Steward. This job requires you to have a pleasant, friendly and enthusiastic personality.
Air Hostess is also known as the flight attendant, cabin crew, stewardess or cabin attendant.
Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about becoming an Air Hostess in India. 12th passed students, Diploma holders, as well as graduates, may refer to this guide.
Responsibilities of an Air Hostess
- Taking care of in-flight announcements and inter-department coordination.
- Ensuring the safety of passengers.
- Ensuring comfort of passengers
- Helping passengers on board, assisting them with their luggage, seats etc
- Providing food, reading material, blankets and other such items to passengers
- Explaining safety procedures to passengers
- Assisting passengers during times of emergency/distress
- Mastery in conversational English, Local Language, and other foreign languages are desired.
- 18 – 26 years of age (This actually depends from airline to airline, some might only hire you if you’re 21)
- 10+2 with a degree in hospitality, or other graduate degrees (Every airline requires you to finish 12th grade (any subject) before applying)
- The height of min 157.5 centimeters (for females) and 170 cm (for males)
- Minimum eyesight requirement is 6/9. Many airlines allow candidates to correct eyesight and make it 20/20!
- Weight proportionate to the height
- Eligible for an Indian Passport
- Good health
- Fair to a clear complexion
- No visible tattoos or piercings.
- Candidate shouldn’t have had a history of mental illness in the past.
- Candidate should not be suffering from the serious Cardiovascular disease.
Courses to Enter into Air Hostess Profession in India
If you are serious about pursuing your career as an Air Hostess, then you must join for a course depending upon your educational qualification. There are three types of courses.
Certification courses are for 12th pass candidates. Usually, the duration of a course is 6 months to 1 Year but few fast track certificate courses can be just 3 months long. Such certificate courses are designed and crafted by the individual institutes offering them. As a result, the course duration and content may vary from one institute to another.
Here is the list of certificate courses
- Aviation Management and Hospitality
- Air Hostess Management
- Aviation Customer Service
- Air Hostess Training
- Cabin Crew/Flight Attendant
- Airlines Hospitality
- Flight Purser
- Hospitality and Air travel Management
- Airline Passenger Service
Diploma courses can also be pursued after 12th. PG Diploma courses can be pursued only after graduation. The Diploma courses are also designed and crafted by individual institutes. The course duration may vary from one institute to another. The general course duration is 6- 12 months.
- Diploma in Air Hostess Training
- Diploma in Aviation and Hospitality Management
- Hospitality and Travel Management Diploma
- Diploma in Cabin Crew/Flight Attendant Training
- Diploma in Aviation Customer Care
- PG Diploma in International Airline and Travel Management
- Diploma in Travel, Hospitality and Tourism Management
Among the 3 main course formats, Degree courses hold the most value! The duration of the course is 3 years long and you have to be 12th pass.
- B.Sc. in Air Hostess Training
- B.Sc. Aviation
- Bachelor of Hospitality and Travel Management
- Bachelor of Travel and Tourism Management
- Degree in International Airline and Travel Management
So this was the list of all the courses. It is recommended to join a 3 years long degree course.
Top Institutes for Air Hostess Training
Air hostess training is not mandatory or essential to get into this profession. Self-preparation is needed. However, some institutes have come up in India and are offering training to develop the basic skills required for the profession.
2. Air Hostess Academy, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai
Examination To Get Into Airlines
Each Airline company conducts examination for recruiting Air Hostesses. Usually, an entire selection process can be divided into 3 stages.
Written Examination: Written exam tests your aptitude and reasoning. The exam pattern is quite similar to other competitive exams where they ask multiple type objective questions. So to clear the written exam you can prepare just like candidates prepare for other competitive exams.
Group Dynamics or GD: The Second stage is Group Discussion where you will be tested for your presence of mind, communication skills, teamwork, leadership quality, your attitude etc. So, you should be well prepared for group discussion.
Interview: Third and final round is one on one interview. Here the company will judge you for your overall personality. If selected, then the company will train you for the next six months.
Once you have completed your course successfully you are ready to get hired by following Airline companies in the country.
- Air India
- Alliance Air (Subsidiary of Air India)
- Go Air
- Jet Airways
- Spice Jet
- Singapore Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
- Emirates Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
Average Salaries in Air Hostess Profession
Salary of an Air Hostess depends upon the airline company she is working with.
Usually, a company pays anything between Rs 20,000 and Rs 80,000 to their Air Hostesses. Domestic airlines pay Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000 and international airlines can pay up to Rs 80,000 depending upon the experience. However, some of the luxurious international airliners can pay anything between Rs 100,000 to Rs 200,000 per month to their senior air hostesses.
Moreover, companies also provide additional allowances like medical insurance, retirement plan and discounts on flight tickets. So the pay package is really great for air hostess jobs.
Also, check out real-life experiences, salaries and work-life balance of Air Hostess profession in discussion with Kirti Sharma (Air Hostess, Emirates Airlines)