Qatar Cabin crew

The Qatar Airways rules

 There is a specific list of rules you need to follow while working as cabin crew for Qatar Airways. Here are some of the most important ones:

  • You must get home before 4 am, even if you’re free the day after.

While I worked at Qatar Airways the time you could leave home wasn’t mentioned. I sometimes would arrive from a desert picnic at 3 am and go back to the camping two hours later; I would normally make pancakes for my friends during the two hours spent inside. It was thought that, after dawn,you could go out, especially since most of the crew thought that was the coolest period of the day and most suitable for running. And that was the time for the first prayer of the day (for our fellow Muslims) also.

  • During the 12 hours of rest before being transported by bus to the airport for duty (duty = flight or airport standby), you are allowed to leave the house for 90 minutes.

As I owned a car, I used to go and watch even only 2 basketball quarters, because it helped me disconnect, walk around the mall or visit acquaintances.

  • You are not allowed to wear jeans (the black, decent ones are accepted though) inside the office, technical building, aviation clinic or while travelling with Qatar Airways.

You must always dress business attire, and the girls’ skirt shouldn’t let their knees in sight. To these places you travel either by company taxi or by car that may be driven by your father, husband or brother.

  • Your father or brother cannot live in the same building with female flight attendants while on holiday.

I made a special request in the office so as, during my 4 consecutive days off, I could stay at the hotel with my family, and some other time I could go for a few days and live with my parents at some friends’ house. Of course I filled in all the details about the place I was staying in.

  • You cannot use the phone or use any electronic device when you’re on the bus to and from work.

The explanation is, while in uniform, you must maintain a professional image of the entire crew. Of course if you were last or first on the bus, you could send a message or make a call, provided you were not seen / heard by colleagues. The bus drivers were always very understanding.

  • You are not allowed to have alcohol, tobacco or pork products inside your home, and lately, candles have also been prohibited.

The explanation for alcohol, tobacco and pork products is obvious, and candles were banned because of a number of fire inside the houses.

  • You cannot distribute pictures of yourself in uniform on the internet.

  • You cannot distribute pictures of yourself in company of other crew members or friends where cigarettes or alcohol appear.

  • You cannot distribute pictures of yourself in a bathing suit.

It is believed that people know you’re a Qatar Airways flight attendant and the company’s image can be affected by how you display yourself on various social sites.

  • During flights you are not allowed to have religious or political debates with passengers or colleagues or gossip about your management team.

“I found out from another flight attendant that on flight XYZ, the Chief Cabin Crew reported a flight attendant for chewing gum.” – NO! There have been cases of the Chief Cabin Crew or even flight attendants who have reported episodes of “gossiping”.

  • A flight attendant is not allowed to chew gum!

  • When a flight attendant finds out she is pregnant, she must resign immediately.

  • To get married you need approval from the top management (the CEO) and you are given consent only if you have been with the company for at least five years.

  • You may receive visitors of the opposite sex in your apartment only between 7:00-22:00, and on entering the building they must identify by a residential certificate or passport with the security staff at the entrance.

The ID number is written in a register and the person must sign both for the entry and the exit of the building. At the same time, you, as the host, must open the door using your flight attendant identification (ID), so that the system knows if you receive visitors while at home. By having to do so, the office may spot if you break another rule that says you are not allowed to receive visitors during the 12-hour minimum rest before duty or home standby ( duty is considered not only flying, but also a course or standby duty at home or at the airport.)

Concerning the grooming (uniform + appearance) we had strict rules on colour shades that may be used for the make-up of the eyes and lips, varying on the colour of the uniform. Four products were a must for each flight: mascara, foundation, lipstick and nail polish coordinated to the colour of the lipstick. Before every flight, a grooming officer checks every flight attendant’s appearance.

You might think there are too many rules, but with time they become part of you. When I returned home, the first time I went out with my friends, at 2:30 in the morning I was checking my clock as I was used to being at home at 3:30. Arriving home at 5 am was a real event for me, I even posted that on Facebook.

Although having all these rules, I must say that cabin crew members find all sorts of ingenious methods to avoid them once in a while.

Join us on an exclusive 4 day training course. We’ll share everything you need to know to pass the cabin crew interview stages, we will edit your perfect CV and take professional pictures for your online application. At the end of the course, you will be fully prepared for the interview. Book your seat now!

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16 comments

  • rahma April 23, 2016   Reply →

    if someone wad terminated from qatar airways can he rejoin the company after long time ?

  • Nicoleta July 15, 2016   Reply →

    Hello. Yes, in the last 3 years, while Mr. Rosen has become the Vice-president, a lot of the ex-crew files were reviewed and some of them were given the chance to rejoin the company. So any terminated crew could send a rejoining request letter to the Wellfare Office in attention of Mr. Rosen.

  • Zabed ahmadzi September 17, 2016   Reply →

    Hi, I am zabed ahmadzi from Afghanistan and I can speak 6 lingua English, italian, Norwegian, pashto , Urdu , and dari and also i heave italian residents permit then i work from 3 years guest waiter and good experience how to serve and now is my dreams to become air hostess only in Qatar airways because I travel in Qatar airways I loved and I wish become true my this dreams I am always praying from my god for my this dreams

    • Ana Maria September 25, 2016   Reply →

      Hello Zabed, you are very qualified to apply for a Cabin Crew job. Don’t hesitate and give the best to make your dream come true. Good luck and hope to see you flying very soon! 🙂

  • Faith October 11, 2016   Reply →

    Hi there my name is Faith and I’m from South Africa I want to apply for a job as a cabin crew member for Qatar. Any tips on improving my chances for being hired? TIA

    • Ana Maria October 12, 2016   Reply →

      Hello Faith, you should read our articles about Qatar Airways airline and exercise the tasks from the interview. Be sure you have the right attire and makeup and also be sure your photos and CV are perfect done, because that is the first thing they will see when you apply for the Cabin Crew position. Good luck and keep us posted about how it goes. Hope to see you among the clouds! <3

  • Assia October 14, 2016   Reply →

    what’s the age limit for a cabin crew

    • Ana Maria October 21, 2016   Reply →

      The minimum age limit is 18 in Europe and 21 for Arabic airline companies. Good luck 🙂

  • Hatem October 16, 2016   Reply →

    Hi everyone, I just had the first day interview with the recruiters, I do speak five languages too and they were rally cool with me, the thing is that I had a phone call (unknown caller ID) later that day 21:00 pm that I couldn’t unswer and obviously I couldn’t call back, I know it’s my fault but is it a policy for them to call just once and not sending email?! Or maybe it wasn’t them and I just wasn’t called for the 2nd day interview?! 😛 anyway it was nice to meet them 🙂

  • Rajeshwari March 8, 2017   Reply →

    Hi everyone, am planning to attend cabin crew interview for Qatar airways and am 26 yrs old will I be able to attend the interview.

  • Peter July 31, 2017   Reply →

    Hi every one.. Am 39 yrs of age and been working with qataraiways ground services for 8 yrs. Since i jooned on 2009. Can i still go ahead and apply or am i too old for this.. Though i still look young.

    • Peter July 31, 2017   Reply →

      I mean apply for cabin crew?

  • Lalrohlu December 28, 2017   Reply →

    Since the age of 7, I’ve dreamed of being a flight attendent… Now that I’m 21, my passion for being an air hostess is even stronger… I’ve previously worked as a teacher for 4years to support myself in my studies, and after graduation, I moved to Delhi and since August has been working at a restaurant so that I could get some experience to help me through the Qatar Airways Cabin Crew Interview…… Anyone can give me some tips??

    • Andreea Julei January 10, 2018   Reply →
      Andreea Julei

      Hello.
      The most important tip we can give you is to be prepared, and by this I mean:
      -perfect English
      -impeccable grooming
      -experience in customer service
      and of course patience. Even if you will not be succesful from the beginning, keep trying and you will get the job.
      We wish you all the best and good luck!

  • GIvago January 9, 2018   Reply →

    Can a member of the Cabin crew wear necklace and Ring, during the flight/ during the day?

    • Andreea Julei January 10, 2018   Reply →
      Andreea Julei

      Hello,
      A cabin crew is not allowed to wear any kind of jewellery while working, except the wedding ring. But now it depends from company to company. What I am telling you now, it’s available for big companies like Qatar, Emirates, Etihad. Good luck!

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