About the job of an Air Hostess
If being helpful and pleasant are characteristic traits possessed by an individual, then becoming an air hostess in commercial planes is a career she can look into. The job of an air hostess is not to merely smile and greet passengers when they board the plane or depart from the plane. She looks into the minutest of requirements a passenger might have – guiding first-time fliers regarding necessary do’s and don’ts, providing time to time help and requirements as the case may be, coordinating with ground staff and the pilot, passing on necessary information to the fliers and more.
For someone willing to become an air hostess, self-training is of utmost importance. Although there is no specific course which a candidate might pursue, there are a few institutes which have come up, which help prepare the candidate better so that she may enter her desired field of work. Candidates can pursue a diploma or certificate course in the necessary field. The courses will be a combination of class study and practical training in order to familiarize the candidate with the various procedures of the aviation industry.
There are diploma courses which range from 4-6 months up to 10 months and certificate courses which range from 6 months to a year.
Examples of certain courses available to candidates willing to pursue a career in the aviation industry are
Air Hostess/Flight Pursuer is a certificate course for 8 months.
Air Hostess Diploma programme is a course which runs for 1 year.
There are PG diplomas too such as PG Diploma in Aviation and Hospitality Services which is a 3-month course or PG Diploma in Aviation, Hospitality, Travel and Customer Service which is a 3-month course as well. There are 1-year diploma programmes too in Hospitality, Travel and Customer Services. The Aviation Hospitality and Travel Management course runs for 10 months and is a certificate programme. Diploma in Ground Staff and Cabin Crew Training runs for 6 months to 1 year. The International Airlines and Travel Management is a certificate programme which runs for 4-6 months.
For the diploma and certificate courses, candidates will have to directly take admission in the institutes which offer these courses in particular. Selection will be done on the basis of screening which will basically test the candidate’s aptitude and communication skills. An entrance test is also conducted by some institutes and candidates who clear the exam and qualify for the same are given a seat in their preferred course. There are institutes which hold screening along with entrance test, group discussion, and personal interview in order to decide whether a candidate is eligible.
The eligibility criteria for a candidate willing to pursue a career in the aviation industry as an air hostess are
- Minimum educational qualification is a pass in 10+2 from a recognized board as well as a degree in hospitality or any other graduate degree
- Age requirements range from 18 to 26
- Good hold over spoken English and any other foreign language (as the requirement may be)
- Eligible to be an Indian Passport holder
- Minimum height requirement is 157.5 cms and weight should be proportionate to height
- Perfect eye-sight with 6/24 vision in both eyes
- Good health
The examination will include practical skills as has been learned in the course along with written tests. The format of the examination varies between institutes.
Jobs and Career Opportunities
Jobs for air hostesses are in plenty and as airlines – domestic as well as international keep posting requirements from time to time. The field is very lucrative and pays well too, along with options to move on to better offers as and when the time comes. Experience and hours spent flying are what counts when willing to look for better opportunities or for moves to better airlines. An air hostess can earn double the money she started off with within two-years time through sheer hard work and determination to move ahead.
The following airlines are the most sought after in the aviation industry
- Indian Airlines
- Alliance Air
- Air India
- United Air
- Go Air
- Indigo Airways
- Jet Airways
- British Airways
- Quantas Airlines
- Gulf Air
- Delta Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- Cathay Pacific