More than pilots, mechanics, and ticket agents, the job of an Airline Flight Attendant can get your travelling the world for free and an interesting career in aviation.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

• Airline employment begins an ascent

After 28 consecutive months of declining employment, the U.S. airline industry is back in hiring mode again, a sign that airlines are ready to add routes and flights.

The airline industry reported a 0.2% increase in employment in December, the first rise since August 2008, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"I think the airlines are moving up with the general economy," said Jan Brueckner, an economics professor at UC Irvine and expert on the airline industry.

American Airlines announced last week that it plans to hire up to 30 bilingual flight attendants for its new Los Angeles-to-Shanghai route. The route will serve the growing tourism and business travel from China over the next few years as the Chinese middle class grows and travel restrictions ease. The new American hires are in addition to the 568 flight attendants recalled to work by the airline this month.

Cabin Crew (Dubai) - LAX OPEN SESSION March 26

Company Name: The Emirates Group - Emirates Airline

Position: Cabin Crew (Dubai) - LAX OPEN SESSION March 26
Description: When was the last time you really looked forward to going to work?

You can, by becoming a member of our truly international flight attendant team.

Re-posted with permission from aviation jobs board.
You will be based in Dubai, a cosmopolitan city that has rapidly grown into a global tourism and commercial centre that offers something to everyone.

Award-winning Emirates Airline operates an ultra modern and fast growing fleet of wide bodied Airbus and Boeing long haul aircraft. Currently flying to over 100 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Americas, we are proud of the service delivered by our multi-national team of over 120 nationalities; all trained to the highest standards.

We are currently looking for exceptional people who would like to build a career with us and be part of our rapidly growing business. Our recruitment team interviews candidates in many countries across the globe.

If you are interested in an 'International Lifestyle' with a difference and want to be a part of an award winning team please register online, or apply in person and take this exceptional opportunity to meet our recruiters seeking prospective candidates to join our multicultural and dynamic In flight Services team based in Dubai:

Venue: Torrance Marriott South Bay, 3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, California, 90503.

Date: 26th March 2011

Time: 9:00am sharp


* Minimum age 21 years at the time of application.
* Minimum arm reach of 212cms (on tip toes), which will enable you to reach emergency equipment on all aircraft types.
* Educated to at least high school level with strong problem solving skills.
* Fluency in written/spoken English (fluency in another language is an asset).
* Medically fit to meet aircrew requirements.
* Have a positive attitude with the natural ability to provide excellent service
working within a team environment, dealing with people from all cultures.

Please bring an updated CV along with passport size and full-length photographs. For further information click here or visit

Join Emirates. Discover your future.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Flight Attendant Applications Swamp Website

Flight Attendant Applications Swamp Website

Contributed by Stefana Hermansen on Feb. 21 at 7:59 a.m.

The number of people wanting to become a Southwest Airlines flight attendant has reached a record high. On Monday, Southwest began accepting flight attendant applications in the careers section of its website. So many people tried to submit an application that that part of the Dallas-based carrier’s website went down.

“The pipeline was full,” Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said about the website’s crash. “The number of people trying to utilize those pipelines was unprecedented.”

Several people complained that they tried for hours to send Southwest their résumés, so the carrier reopened the flight attendant position post for a little more than an hour Wednesday.

In a message on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, Southwest said it was reviewing 1,200 applications for 200 positions. The message went on to say that the carrier interviews every qualified applicant, so it “simply can’t keep a position open indefinitely.”

Southwest also apologized to those who were unable to submit an application online.

Southwest has said it plans to boost its network capacity by 5 to 6 percent this year and will add thousands of employees if its acquisition of AirTran Airways is approved by government regulators.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Women in Aviation conference

Stop by our booth at the 22nd Annual Women in Aviation Conference in Reno, NV on February 24-26. This is the best place to meet airline recruiters and other aviation professionals. More information at

Friday, February 11, 2011

Have you considered a career as a corporate flight attendant?

Have you considered a career as a corporate flight attendant?

One of the fastest growing sectors in the aviation industry, has been the recent upswing in Corporate Jets. While once available only to the rich and famous, the advent of the innovative "fractional jet ownership" has brought executive jets closer to non-executives as well. And growing along with the jets is the need for trained and qualified crews, including corporate flight attendants.
In the early days of business aviation, aviation managers and the chief pilots usually used a male flight technician/mechanic in the back of the airplane as the acting third crewmember. There was no emphasis on specialized or quality food service. As interiors became increasingly detail oriented in order to support the client's needs, so did the need to have a third crewmember in the back of the aircraft that could accommodate specialized culinary and amenity requests. The galley and cabin equipment became more elaborate and extensive as did the high tech electronic communication and in-flight entertainments systems.
Fractional jet ownership came into existence in the late 1990's. Simply put, a corporate jet is shared by a few companies or individuals- each owning a time-share, or fraction of the aircraft use per month. This opens up the corporate jet option to a larger group of people, and has been the catalyst to make this the fastest growth sector in the industry.
It is important to emphasize that first and foremost, the safety of the passengers and the aircraft environment is paramount. When you consider your corporate client is paying anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000 per hour for the use of the corporate jet, excluding fuel burn ($30 per minute!) and food/catering costs you come to understand why a corporate flight attendant must excel in their work.
So what are the qualities that a good corporate flight attendant needs to be successful in this industry? In no particular order those qualities are:

Organizational Skills
Detail Oriented
Personal Accountability
High Interpersonal Skills
No Ego
Taking Direction
Listening Skills
Resolution Skills

In addition to those skills mentioned above, the "contract/freelance" corporate flight attendant must possess the following abilities:

Effective time management skills
Book trips & keep a cohesive monthly schedule
Manage yourself as a business
Interface with several flight departments
Adaptability to several flight departments' standard operational procedures
Stay open-minded at all times

You must always be aware of, and remain on the leading edge of business aviation industry news and trends. You will do extensive research on the corporations you are flying for, including: the corporate structure, the products or services they produce, as well as the companies they own. If you are flying the CEO of Coca-Cola on your jet, you surely don't want to order Pepsi products from your caterer, or even Frito's, which is a Pepsi-owned company. As with commercial aviation, the sources of this information can be found at your local library, on the Internet, and from such publications as Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and The Financial Times- to mention a few. It is recommended that you maintain this information in a database of your own design, so that you can review it in the event you fly the same client more than once. Client privacy and discretion are foremost, not only as a good business practice, but also for the security of your client and flight. You can't blab to your friends that you are flying Donald Trump or Madonna around the country.

Like commercial aviation, a corporate flight attendant needs to be trained in safety, emergency and first-aid training. However, some private corporate flight departments do not yet require it. These operations will place a flight attendant onboard an aircraft as a food server, and does not consider them as part of the working crew. Advocates within the business aviation industry are working hard to require that ALL flight attendants in corporate aviation receive corporate specific training as part of the career. Until that time, it is in your best interest to procure training on your own if a corporate flight department does not offer it. This will make you much more marketable to those companies who only utilize corporate specific trained flight attendants. You should have as much "current" business aviation and industry training as possible. This would include the following:

Corporate specific emergency and first aid training.
General corporate aviation training classes
Service training classes
Culinary training classes

Having as much industry training as possible will allow you to act professionally within this specialized venue of aviation should an emergency arise as well as creating an industry respect from the professionals in corporate /business aviation. Some of the training companies include:

Susan Friedenberg Corporate Flight Attendant Training
FlightSafety International
MedAire, Inc.
Survival Systems Training, Inc.
FACTS Training

You will find an extensive listing of training sources in the Appendix of The Flight Attendant Job Finder & Career Guide by Tim Kirkwood, available from

Contract flying is some of the hardest flying you will ever do. It is without a doubt the most difficult area of flying for many reasons and the most rewarding for the same reasons! On a daily basis you find yourself interfacing within many diversified corporate cultures and the various personalities of many corporate flight departments. You must work with, and keep happy on every trip that you fly: The CEO, their corporate and personal family, the aviation manager, chief pilot, chief flight attendant, dispatcher, chief scheduler, chief of maintenance, the FBO staff and caterers. In Corporate flying, even more so than Commercial flying, you are a vital part of the team. It is in the best interest of your company and clients for you to be highly trained and prepared as possible. In Mr. Kirkwood's book you will also find listings of various training and fraternal organizations to assist you in pursuing this growing and exciting facet of the Flight Attendant Career.

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