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5 Surprising Benefits That Make Being a cabin crew Worth It

Although most cabin crew will tell you that the greatest perk of the job is being able to travel the world, there are other unknown benefits that makes being one worth it. If you want a job that doesn’t just let you travel for free but covers a few other benefits as well then read on to know more!

Not Susceptible to Work Fatigue

The aviation industry is now highly regulated to prevent work fatigue. Aircraft crews are given a set minimum and maximum range of how much they can work monthly. Since transporting people is a very important job, it only makes sense that the people manning the airline aren’t excessively fatigued to function.

Pilots are allowed a maximum of 8 hours of flight time within 24 hours as outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration or FAA. Although there are a couple of hours provided for pre and post-flight preparations, it nonetheless pays more compared to the traditional 160 hours you might work at an office.

You Won’t Be Micromanaged

If you love to travel, you’re probably a free spirit. If this is true for you, being micromanaged is probably something you’d prefer not deal with at work. As a captain or junior pilot, you won’t be managed onboard so it’s up to you to carry out your duties on your own initiative.

Everyone has enough freedom on the team since each one has their own responsibilities to do.

Meeting Interesting People

There are few other jobs out there that will allow you to meet a lot of interesting people. From athletes to politicians and celebrities to ordinary cool people, there’s a lot to discover in today’s pool of humanity.

Even if not everyone you’ll meet will be kind, the ones who are will no doubt make a difference in how you view people.

Free Food and Housing

Another amazing aspect of the job is the free food and housing! When you’re traveling, it’s easy to get caught up in all the new sights and things you could discover that having at least two things off your mind can feel like heaven sent! Most airlines provide free housing to whatever location you’re currently based. Many also provide food allowance per day so you basically get free food!

Awesome Compensation and Benefits

Aside from the standard travel perks, pilot salary is also higher than the national average. The job also comes with comprehensive health and retirement plans. The health insurance already includes dental and eye insurance as well as a profit-sharing program or a 401(k).

Depending on your personality, there many other aspects of the job that you might also enjoy. Bigger airlines also offer other valuable perks like establishment and shopping discounts to level up your travel experience as you jetset around the world!

Other Aircrew Jobs

Of course, being a pilot isn’t your only recourse to being an aircrew. Other aircrew jobs include flight attendants, flight engineers, and aircraft loadmasters, to name just a few. All of the said jobs require different qualifications and may vary a little in benefits as well. But for the most part, the above benefits ring true!

Written by Jeanne San, How to become Cabin Crew contributor

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Volotea is recruiting cabin crew in Italy, France and Spain

Volotea is seeking candidates for the role of flight attendant in Italy (Venice, Palermo, Verona and Genoa) France (Nantes, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Toulouse) and Spain (Asturias).

PROFILE

  • Older than 18 years of age
  • Strong fluency in two languages: English (essential), and one of the following: Spanish, Italian or French.
  • Living at 45 mn maximum near the base where you are applying (in Italy: Venice, Verona, Genoa and Palermo; France: Nantes, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Strasburg; Spain: Asturias).
  • Valid European passport
  • Be fit, be able to swim and pass a medical test
  • Positive, polite, very sociable individuals, who enjoy working as part of a team, involve themselves in the mission and are interested in taking on new challenges
  • Previous experience in aviation or customer service is valued, but is not an essential requirement to be part of the selection process.

Apply here for a flight attendant position at Volotea

Selection process

Shortlisted candidates must successfully complete the recruitment process of VOLOTEA, consisting of the following:

  • English proficiency test
  • Personality test
  • Team activity
  • Personal interview

ABOUT VOLOTEA

Volotea is a Spanish low cost airline headquartered in Barcelona with bases in Spain, Italy and France.

Fleet

Volotea’s fleet consists of nineteen Boeing 717 aircraft and four Airbus A319s. The Boeing 717 is equipped with Rolls-Royce engines. The integration of the Airbus A319s into their fleet represents a major milestone in the airline’s development. The addition of these four new Airbuses in 2016, brings the number of Volotea’s current fleet up to 23 aircraft.

Destinations

Here are the 77 Volotea destinations: Ajaccio, Alghero, Alicante, Ancona, Asturias, Athens, Bari, Bastia, Beauvais, Biarritz, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Brest, Brindisi, Caen, Cagliari, Catania, Cefalonia, Chisinau, Corfu, Cork, Dubrovnik, Faro, Figari Sud Corse, Fuerteventura, Genoa, Gran Canaria, Heraklion / Crete, Ibiza, Kos, Lampedusa, Lille, Luxembourg, Madrid, Majorca (Palma), Malaga, Malta, Marseille, Menorca (Mahon), Milan, Montpellier, Munich, Mykonos, Mytilene, Nantes, Naples, Nice, Olbia, Palermo, Pantelleria, Pau Pyrenees, Perpignan, Pisa / Florence, Prague, Preveza / Lefkada, Rennes, Rhodes, Samos, Santander, Santorini, Seville, Skiathos, Southampton, Split, Strasbourg, Tenerife South, Tirana, Toulon, Toulouse, Trieste, Turin, Valencia, Venice, Verona, Vienna, Zakynthos, Zaragoza.

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Etihad Airways rules – a short list you should read

Throughout my career at Etihad Airways there have been (and still exists) rules that you must strictly follow, although sometimes infringed because of certain factors. There were two precise sets: The Grooming Manual, which highlighted standards required by the company in that particular area and The Conduct Code. These rules were available in 2012, the year I decided to come back home after 8 years in the aviation.

The grooming standards at Etihad Airways had to be strictly followed so as to protect the professional image of flight attendants onboard during the program (while on duty).

  • It is mandatory that, when a flight attendant wears the uniform, to also wear make-up. Regarding this aspect, I can tell you that 6 make-up products are required: foundation, eye-shadow, mascara, blush, red lipstick and nail polish.
  • Your hair colour must be natural or a maximum of 2 shades lighter or darker.
  • Airport security check labels(stickers) on suitcases must be peeled off each time.
  • Necklaces or bracelets are not allowed while wearing the uniform.
  • You may only wear two plain rings, one on each hand.
  • Tattoos and piercings mustn’t be in plain sight.
  • Chewing gum isn’t allowed while in uniform.
  • Using mobile phones or iPods (for listening to music) isn’t allowed while in uniform, this is only allowed while flight attendants travel by bus from their homes to the airport or vice versa.
  • Flight attendants are not allowed to have alcohol in their homes unless a license (authorization) for use is obtained.
  • If a flight attendant pays a visit to the company’s offices in their spare time, they must wear a business attire, a casual attire like jeans, sports clothing and so on isn’t allowed. Wearing the identification badge (company ID) is required in any of the company’s offices or while visiting the airport.
  • Visitors must leave flight attendants’ homes before 1:00 am. No one enters the building illegally as there is a guard that monitors the entrance (there are cameras even inside the elevators). Friends or family are allowed to live with flight attendants if they obtains the consent of the company and fellow house-mates. Attention, it is not both parents that are allowed to sleep inside the apartment, only the mother of the female who works as a flight attendant or the father of the male employed as a flight attendant. Only friends of the same sex are allowed to live with you.
  • If flight attendants arrive a few minutes late for the flight briefing, they are sent back home (offloaded), removed from the flight list, and given a warning letter.
  • Abortions are prohibited in the UAE.
  • During the Ramadan, eating and drinking in public places is forbidden, chewing gum included.

You must be fully aware that the company employee acts as its ambassador and should mind their attitude, behaviour, posture and language. You are always in the spotlight and constantly being monitored so as not to damage the image of the company.

For a better control of the employees’ activity or behaviour, and now we are talking about flight attendants, there is this custom of encouraging relationships based on the premises: “If ‘x’ rule is disobeyed, the following sanctions apply…”.

Regardless of the Etihad Airways rules, being a flight attendant is marvellous. Of course there is a lot of work and the rules seem intimidating, but this job brings you so many satisfactions.

Happy landing, darlings!
Laura

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Are flight attendants allowed to smoke?

You’ve probably asked yourselves, especially if you are smokers, if this might influence your chances of becoming a flight attendant. I remember our first Conference for Future Flight Attendants in Romania, which we organized in the fall of 2013. This was when two of our spokespersons, two flights attendants, asked me if there was any place where they could smoke a cigarette. I pointed out the hotel garden, but my option wasn’t good enough for them. They were looking for an ‘out-of-sight place’, where no one could see them smoking while wearing their uniform. Disappointed, they gave up on the idea and just imagined that the event was a long flight where smoking would not be permitted. The entire discussion made me really curious about the matter so I asked them more about it. Here’s what I found out:

If the airline’s rules allow it, flight attendants can smoke

Most of the airline companies out there have strict rules concerning smoking. Some of the companies that allow their employees to smoke, under certain conditions, are Etihad Airways, Emirates, Ryanair, FlyDubai and British Airways. These companies want to know if you are a smoker as soon as the interview, because they need make practical arrangements, like booking rooms and such.

However, if you work for one of the airlines just mentioned, there are some important rules you must never forget: do not smoke in public places, or have your packet of cigarettes in sight while wearing your flight attendant uniform. If you do not wear your uniform you are free to smoke wherever and whenever.

Qatar Airways Flight Attendants are NOT allowed to smoke

Qatar Airways strictly forbids their flight attendants to smoke. Their rules are pretty clear:
You are not allowed to smoke, not in the break, not in public places, etc.
You’re not allowed to have cigarettes at home.

There are no exceptions from the rules. If you are seen smoking during a layover, you are exposed and you can actually get fired if one of your colleagues reports it. We know it sounds farfetched but it’s the reality.
Even if you smoke in your room there’s a big chance for your employer to find out. They always book rooms for non-smokers, so it’s very easy for the hotel personnel to notice if someone has smoked. Besides, a couple of times a year, the airline company checks their employees’ apartments for cigarettes, pork meat, alcohol or other forbidden items.

Of course there are flight attendants who smoke, but they are very good at hiding it. If you choose to do this you must be aware of the risk you’re taking. These are the official rules of the company, so please don’t take them lightly.

When asked at the Qatar Airways interview regarding smoking, please know that your answer will decide whether you’ll go forward in the competition for the job or not.

“I wanted tobe a cabin crew, but never thought i was good enough” Read the interview with Beata Clark , former Qatar Airways cabin crew 

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My colleague, Nicoleta, gave me a very good example of such an event – Once in Doha, at a recruiting day, after the English test, the candidates were given a smoking break. However, everyone who was seen smoking was eliminated. The best piece of advice we can give you is that if you are a smoker and want to work for Qatar Airways, you should seriously consider stopping.

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