Charter airline companies VS commercial airline companies – how are they different?

We’ll try to give you an insight of what each one means by making a comparison between charter and commercial airlines.

Charter airline companies rent their aircraft with the entire crew in order to operate all kind of flights. For example, an aircraft can be rented by a company to serve business services or, most of the times, by tourism agencies that want to give their clients a full vacation package: transportation, accommodation and meals. These routes are especially to popular vacation destinations and can be seasonal or all the year-round. Therefore, the flight schedule and the airports in which the airplane takes off and lands are established by the company that rents the aircraft, according to their needs.

Charter flight are usually operated with small aircrafts, which can land in a multitude of locations, offering the passengers more flexibility.

Commercial airlines have daily flights which can be bought directly by clients. For example, Qatar Airways can have 7 flights per week to New York. The flight can have layovers and they’re not conditioned by buying other services such as meal and accommodation. The flight can be direct or with layovers and you can even change the air operator until reaching the destination.

From the perspective of the passenger, I believe the most important difference is the fact that you can customize your services, your comfort and the intimacy offered by charter airlines. The most important thing for a passenger flying with a charter flight is the time. In most of the cases, the flight is direct, meaning that you won’t waste time in other airports with layovers and you’ll reach the destination in the fastest way possible.

By comparison with a bus ride, it’s like you book tickets for your group of friends to go to the other part of the country in a bus full with 300 people, which has its own route (one longer with various stops). You instead choose to rent a smaller bus with a driver, meaning that you’ll arrive at the destination much earlier and more comfortably. This is what a charter flight means – an alternative displayed by certain tourism operators to reach more easily some vacation destinations.

Also, charter companies can transport passengers who travel for working reasons: big orchestras who have to arrive at concerts, football teams that have important games, important officials that travel for business matters etc.

For future cabin crew, the biggest difference is the schedule. The duties remain the same in both cases. The standards and safety procedures are respected by cabin crew no matter in which regime they work for. Another important aspect is relocation. If you want to stay in your country, a charter company is ideal. You’ll go to your flights wherever the company needs you and then, you can easily come back home.

Some of the benefits that charter cabin crew have are:

  • Free travel and accommodation in 4* hotels
  • Allowance for the entire duration of the trip
  • Medical and life insurance
  • Flexibility, cabin crew have the possibility to choose the period in which they want to fly

So, there are certain advantages and disadvantages for both charter and commercial flights. One thing is for sure: both are safe. It’s up to you to choose the company that fits you the best!

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

1. Join our online course and you will learn everything you have to know about aviation, the airline interviews and its stages. We will make sure you go prepared to your Open Day or Assessment Day! Also, we will also make you a perfect resum and we will assist you during your entire journey to the skies. Details and registration here.

 

2. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

3. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

How a job in customer service can help you become cabin crew?

Most airline companies don’t require people to have experience in aviation, but they expect that candidates have a series of qualities and skills that fit with the cabin crew requirements. Some of those are communication, teamwork, fast adaptability in emergency situations, client orientation, good time management, diplomacy and strong attention to details.

Furthermore, any previous experience in customer service is a big advantage in any candidate’s CV. That’s why we always advise our readers and students to gain some professional experience in this field. Jobs such as customer service support, sales, communications, social assistance, volunteering etc are a plus!

Practically, how could a job in customer service can help you in becoming a more valuable candidate for an airline company?

  1. You already know how to talk to clients, how to react in stressful situations and how to solve customer complaints.
  2. Recruiters see you as a responsible, mature person, who, although is young, wished to gain experience, to be financially independent and to exceed their limits. Just think about the difference from a person aged 20+ who already has in his CV a series of activities and experiences in the field (from part-time jobs or project-based jobs such as hostess, promoter, direct sales etc) and a person that has an empty CV. Which one will have more chances to be hired?
  3. You develop professionally and personally, you learn useful things; these kind of jobs usually come with certain training and communications courses which will teach you how to talk, how to look in a certain way, overcoming emotions, how to sell etc. So, you can have access to different development tools. Any course and access to new information are extremely important when you’re just beginning your career.
  4. You’ll be more confident when you’ll go to an airline interview. You’ll know how to smile more and how important posture and attitude towards the client are; a person who has worked as a promoter/hostess understands that smiling is the best way to gain client’s sympathy and the importance of a proper body language. All become part of your job, so it’ll be much easier to highlight these skills at the interview.
  5. During the final interview, you can easily come up with a series of examples from your professional experience. During the hiring process, recruiters will test you in order to see if you have the qualities you claim you have on your CV and how do you talk and act around clients. They will ask you to detail each situation in which you had to solve a customer complaint or when you had to exceed expectations. Some of the most common questions are:

Tell me about a time you dealt with an angry/unsatisfied client?

Tell me about a time you solved a conflict at work?

Tell me about a time when you worked very well with your colleagues?

Tell me about a time when you went the extra mile for a client?

So, because you have dealt with this kind of experiences, you’ll have what to share with recruiters. You’ll be able to offer them relevant details and information on the management of the issues.

IMPORTANT: any work experience in customer care is extremely useful. However, hostess/promoter jobs come with a flexible program which will allow you to finish your studies and to have a decent income. It really depends on your current situation which job you will choose.

Therefore, plan your aviation career step by step. Because…

STEP BY STEP YOU’LL GET TO FLY!

 

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

1. Join our two days course in Madrid, Chișinau or London in which you’ll find everything you have to know about aviation, the interview and the stages of it. We will make sure you go prepared to your Open Day or Assessment Day! Also, we will also make you a perfect cabin crew CV and we will be with you during your entire journey to the skies. Details and registration here.

 

2. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

3. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

 

Can I be a cabin crew without a high school diploma?

One of the most frequent questions we receive is about the requirements of becoming cabin crew: “Can I be a cabin crew without a high school diploma?”. We decided to help you in answering your question with this detailed article.

Some airlines that will accept you without a high school diploma:

  • Ryanair
  • Easy Jet
  • Vueling
  • Volotea
  • Lufthansa

 

Some of the airlines companies that require you a high school diploma are:

  • Etihad Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates
  • Wizz Air
  • British Airways
  • Primera Air
  • Swiss
  • Smartlynx
  • Norwegian

 

Good luck!

 

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

1. Join our two days course in Madrid, Chișinau or London in which you’ll find everything you have to know about aviation, the interview and the stages of it. We will make sure you go prepared to your Open Day or Assessment Day! Also, we will also make you a perfect cabin crew CV and we will be with you during your entire journey to the skies. Details and registration here.

 

2. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

3. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

“In two days I found out what others can’t in a lifetime” – feedback from How to be Cabin Crew’s course in Chisinau

Every time we go to Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, we are beautifully welcomed by the lovely atmosphere made by our students. The feedback received after each course is the thing that keeps making us come back.

Needless to say that a lot of our students who are now flying are from Chisinau. That’s why we can’t stop organizing courses there! Here is a part of our latest’s course there:

 

“It was a pleasure to participate in this course. In two days I found out what others can’t in a lifetime. Now I understand that I made the best decision regarding my future cabin crew career. I found out everything is to know about this job. It was a real pleasure to meet this team. I want to thank the professional team from the bottom of my heart for all the guidance, wish you good luck and I can’t wait to send you pictures with me in the cabin crew uniform.

Warm regards, 

John.”

 

“I want to thank the entire team for these two amazing days full of warmth and new information. It was the most relaxing and pleasant course I have participated until now. I don’t regret all those 2.000 km made to come to Chisinau.

Maria”

“Coming to this course was the best decision I made. I learned how important is communication and getting involved in group exercises. I gained much information in only two days and for this, thank you!

Big hugs, 

Tatiana”

 

“Thank you How to be Cabin Crew for the caring attitude, perseverance and patience. I didn’t think it’s possible to evolve so much in such a short time. Because of you, I have succeeded. Thank you! “

 

“Thank you a lot for your patience, your hard work and charisma!

It was a pleasure and an exceptional honour to be here this weekend and learn so many interesting, helpful and fascinating things about cabin crew’s life.

Thank you Rucsandra and Georgiana for this amazing opportunity.

I am thrilled to have you, beautiful women as role models and source of inspiration.

Much love from Chisinau,

Svetlana”

 

“How to be Cabin Crew’s course was the best class I’ve attended ever. It made me see my childhood dream come true. 

Big hugs, 

Cristina”

 

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

1. Join our two days course in Madrid, Chișinau or London in which you’ll find everything you have to know about aviation, the interview and the stages of it. We will make sure you go prepared to your Open Day or Assessment Day! Also, we will also make you a perfect cabin crew CV and we will be with you during your entire journey to the skies. Details and registration here.

 

2. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

3. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

How many languages a cabin crew has to speak?

Making a top 3 of the most asked questions about the cabin crew job, the one we’ll be talking about today is about the languages spoken by cabin crew.

This question is a very important one because a good mastering of certain languages is a requirement for any airline company.

The aviation industry promotes the development of a multicultural workplace. This thing is obvious due to aviation’s main goal – bringing people together. It is well known that big airline companies are recruiting cabin crew from all around the world.

Nationals airline companies are looking for flight attendants that can talk fluently in the official language of their country (besides English). Some examples could be: Turkish Airlines (Turkish), KLM (Dutch) or Lufthansa (German).

A basic rule and general selection criteria is to have an English language knowledge above medium level, both written and spoken. That’s why the interviews and all the instructions are given to the candidates in English. Most times companies will also have a written English exam.

Of course, knowing a second or third language is an advantage but no company is making their choice due to this aspect.

Why English language is so important?

The main reason why flight attendants must have a good knowledge of English is that in this way, they’ll be able to effectively communicate in this field. Human errors, communication barriers can be the cause of a tragedy. The entire crew, pilots, air traffic controllers, engineers, all who deal with an aircraft or the services offered on board an aircraft must talk a common language. Imagine how it would be if flight attendants couldn’t understand the command of the other cabin crew. Therefore, mastering English is a safety criteria in aviation.

I hope this helped you in not giving up on your dream if you don’t know any other languages besides English. Our trainer, Roxana, who flown for Gulf Air (read here her story) speaks only English and Romanian (mother tongue), so it’s a real proof that she made it!

 

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

1. Join our two days course in Madrid in which you’ll find everything you have to know about aviation, the interview and the stages of it. We will make sure you go prepared to your Open Day or Assessment Day! Also, we will also make you a perfect cabin crew CV and we will be with you during your entire journey to the skies. Details and registration here.

 

2. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

3. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

Cabin Crew recruitment in Europe, February 2020: Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Wizz Air, Ryanair

The second month of the year comes with new opportunities for making your dream come true. We made a list of the recruitment dates and locations of the most known airline companies in Europe for February 2020.

Some events may be Open Days while others can be Assessment Days (you must apply prior to the event in order to receive an invitation).

 

Etihad Airways

Portugal: 4 February 2020 – Lisbon; UK: 4 February 2020 – London; Germany: To be announced – Frankfurt; Italy: 19 February 2020; Netherlands: 21 February 2020 – Amsterdam; Serbia: 24 February 2020 – Belgrade.
Apply online here for the desired recruitment date.

Emirates

Austria: 19 February 2020 – Vienna, 21 February 2020 – Salzburg; Bulgaria: 5 February 2020 – Sofia, 7 February 2020 – Plovdiv; Croatia: 14 February 2020 – Zagreb, 16 February 2020 – Split; Czech Republic: 11 February 2020 – Praga, 13 February 2020 – Brno, 15 February 2020 – Ostrava; France: 6 February 2020 – Dijon, 8 February 2020 – Marseille, 11 February 2020 – Toulouse, 25 February 2020 – Paris; Germany: 8 February 2020 – Frankfurt, 10 February 2020 – Stuttgart, 15 February 2020 – Hamburg, 17 February 2020 – Dortmund, 29 February 2020 – Nuremberg; Greece – 7 February 2020 – Thessaloniki; Hungary: 16 February 2020 – Budapest, 18 February 2020 – Debrecen; Ireland: 14 February 2020 – Dublin; Italy: 9 February 2020 – Venice, 11 February 2020 – Genoa, 16 February 2020 – Reggio Calabria, 18 February 2020 – Palermo, 21 February 2020 – Cagliari, Lithuania: 22 February 2020 – Vilnius; Luxembourg: 24 February 2020 – Luxembourg; Moldova: 22 February 2020 – Chisinau; Norway: 28 February 2020 – Oslo; Poland: 12 February 2020 – Gdansk, 14 February 2020 – Katowice, 28 February 2020 – Warsaw; Portugal: 15 February 2020 – Madeira, 17 February 2020 – Faro, 20 February 2020 – Braga; Romania: 5 February 2020 – Sibiu; Slovenia: 25 February 2020 – Ljubljana, 27 February 2020 – Maribor; Spain: 3 February 2020 – Barcelona, 5 February 2020 – Pamplona, 9 February 2020 – Madrid, 11 February 2020 – Valencia, 14 February 2020 – Malaga; Switzerland: 19 February 2020 – Geneva, 21 February 2020 – Lucerne; The Netherlands: 29 February 2020 – Eindhoven; Ukraine: 16 February 2020 – Kiev.

Apply online here for the desired recruitment date.

 

Qatar Airways

Lituania: Vilnius – TBA (to be announced), Hungary: Budapest – TBA (to be announced), Estonia: Tallinn – TBA (to be announced), Serbia: Belgrade – TBA (to be announced), Greece: Athens – TBA (to be announced), Spain: 1 February 2020 – Madrid, Barcelona – TBA (to be announced), Ukraine: Odesa – TBA (to be announced), Romania: Cluj – TBA (to be announced), Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo – TBA (to be announced), Slovenia: Ljubljana – TBA (to be announced), UK: 1 February 2020 – Liverpool, Edinburgh – TBA (to be announced), Birmingham – TBA (to be announced); Czech Republic: 8 February 2020 – Prague, Kosovo: 8 February 2020 – Pristina, Ireland: 2 February 2020 – Dublin, Italy: 15 February 2020 – Rome.

Apply online here for the desired recruitment date.

 

Wizz Air

Austria: 11 & 27 February 2020 – Vienna; Bosnia and Herzegovina: 10 February 2020 – Tuzla; Bulgaria: 11 & 27 February 2020 – Sofia; Hungary: 13 & 27 February 2020 – Budapest; Latvia: 21 February 2020 – Riga; Lithuania: 29 February 2020 – Vilnius; Moldova: 12 & 25 February 2020 – Chisinau; North Macedonia: 26 February 2020 – Skopje; Poland: 13 & 27 February 2020 – Katowice, 13 & 27 February 2020 – Warsaw, 8 & 22 January 2020 – Krakow, 11 & 25 February 2020 – Gdansk, 28 & 18 February 2020 – Gdynia; Romania: 7 & 20 February 2020 – Bucharest, 13 February 2020 – Iasi; 26 February 2020 – Craiova; UK: 4 & 18 February 2020 – Luton; Ukraine: 8 February 2020 – Kiev, 27 February 2020 – Kiev for Budapest Base, 25 February 2020 – Uzhhorod.

Apply online here for the desired recruitment date. (Only for Assessment Days)

 

Ryanair

UK: 1 & 22 February 2020 – London, 12 February 2020 – Manchester; Portugal: 3 February 2020 – Porto, 4 February 2020 – Lisbon; Spain: 4 & 18 February 2020 – Madrid, 7 &  28 February 2020 – Barcelona, 10 February 2020 – Palma de Mallorca, 14 February 2020 – Malaga, 14 February 2020 – Seville, 19 February 2020 – Alicante, 19 February 2020 – Valencia; Poland: 4 February 2020 – Katowice, 7 February 2020 – Gdansk; Italy: 5 & 26 February 2020 – Bari, 5 & 25 February 2020 – Rome, 5 & 27 February 2020 – Pisa, 5 & 26 February 2020 – Catania, 6 & 26 February 2020 – Bologna, 7 & 28 February 2020 – Milan Bergamo, 12 February 2020 – Venice, 19 February 2020 – Turin, 20 February 2020 – Palermo, 21 February 2020 – Verona, 21 February 2020 – Cagliari, 27 February 2020 – Naples; Ireland: 6 & 20 February 2020 – Dublin; Romania: 12 February 2020 – Bucharest; Greece: 14 February 2020 – Athens, 15 February 2020 – Thessaloniki;

Apply online here for the desired recruitment date.

 

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

1. Join our two days course in Madrid in which you’ll find everything you have to know about aviation, the interview and the stages of it. We will make sure you go prepared to your Open Day or Assessment Day! Also, we will also make you a perfect cabin crew CV and we will be with you during your entire journey to the skies. Details and registration here.

 

2. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

3. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

Emergency exit seats: who is allowed to stay here?

In all our articles we tell you about the main role of a flight attendant: the safety of passengers. Although lots of people still believe that cabin crew are only serving the passengers with food and drinks, it’s important to acknowledge that cabin crew are there in the airplane doing their tasks only after they went through an intensive training and passed a series of exams.

A flight attendant is the one that can save your life in an emergency situation. During the training, future cabin crew learn how to successfully pass emergency cases, how to give first aid, how to use a defibrillator, how to successfully communicate with all kinds of people and what are the survival methods on the sea or in the desert (in case of an emergency landing). Therefore, working in this industry comes with lots of responsibilities that must be known and respected.

Cabin crew are vigilant from the moment of boarding. They have to “scan” with their eyes the luggage and the passengers to identify everything that may seem suspicious and could endanger the safety of the flight. They are also identifying ABP (Able Body Passengers), meaning passengers that, in case of emergency, could help the crew evacuate the cabin.

In the cabin, the emergency exits are placed above the wings, in the row of extra legroom seats. That area is the favourite of many passengers but unfortunately, not everyone can travel on those seats. Those who are being seated there must meet the companies’ requirements.

 

Requirements to travel on the extra legroom seats:

  • passengers must have 18 years old
  • to be healthy, without medical issues
  • to agree to help the crew in case of emergency
  • to understand the safety procedures presented by the crew during the safety demo
  • to be able to open the emergency exit in case of necessity or if a flight attendant is not able to do so
  • to know and understand English because all the emergency procedures are comnunicated in English, the international language of aviation

 

Who CAN’T travel on these seats?

  • unaccompanied minors
  • children and people under 18
  • pregnant women
  • mothers travelling with infants
  • obese passengers
  • passengers with special needs (people with hearing, eyes, talking problems, people with reduced mobility due to accidents, people with permanently reduced mobility)
  • elderly people

 

Therefore, people who can meet the requirements have priority on those seats. Furthermore, the emergency exits do not have to be blocked by any item in the moment of take-off/landing and on the entire flight. Luggage is not allowed near the exit doors.

If you will travel on these seats, you have to know that the backs of the seats are not adjustable, in order to not block the passengers to exit the area. The same rule applies to the row in front of the emergency exit row.

If onboard there are people who work or have worked in aviation, people working in the military, police or firefighters, they will have priority on taking those seats because they know how to evacuate fast the cabin.

Cabin crew must follow all the procedures to verify the ABP on each flight. The life of the entire cabin is in the hands of the crew and the people seating near the emergency exit.

We wish you clear skies and safe flights!

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

  1. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

  1. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

Why are men wanted in aviation?

The cabin crew job doesn’t mean only beautiful uniforms, impeccable make-up, red lipstick and perfect bun. During the flights, you’ll meet all sort of people, cultures and situations which can pun the flight attendants in difficulty. Because every day is different, cabin crew have to be themselves very different, with various personalities, this including both women and men.

Although media is always talking about “stewardesses”, “air hostesses”, “female flight attendants” and rarely about men building a career in aviation, the number of those practising this job is increasing considerably.

Did you know the first flight attendant in the world was a man?

Henrich Kubis is the first male flight attendant who in 1912 was hired by Delag Airline, on a Zeppelin LZ-10. His duties were similar with those of today’s cabin crew: taking care of passengers and assuring they have a comfortable ride.

Therefore, being a male flight attendant isn’t a tabu subject, something rare and extremely hard to find. Actually, more and more airline companies are looking for male cabin crew to join their team. The most popular ones are Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Wizz Air, Ryanair, British Airways, Norwegian and the list can continue. The companies which are looking ONLY for females are a few comparing the ones from above.

Why do companies need male cabin crew?

The answer is simple: because we are equals and diversity is beautiful. Duties of a male flight attendant aren’t different from the ones of a female. The only difference is when, in certain cultures, the presence of a man onboard is preferred. For example, some religions prohibit man to have eye contact or any other sort of contact with a woman. That’s why most of the flights to and from Israel are operated almost every time by a crew only with men.

The passion for flying and the wish to have a career in this environment can’t be divided by gender. Man doesn’t have to be pilots and girls flight attendants. Each of them has to follow their passion. So if until now you were undecided whether you can work as a flight attendant or not, now you know all the aspects of this subject. Men can be “stewardesses” too!

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

  1. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

  1. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

The magical flight attendant’s red lipstick

Diana Vreeland, a legend in the fashion industry, about her favourite colour: “Red is the great clarifier, bright and revealing. I can’t imagine becoming bored with red, it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.”

The lipstick is very important for a flight attendant. The grooming standards have to be strictly respected no matter which company you represent. The same is for the makeup. It is mandatory to wear a perfect, natural make-up. No matter how much you enjoy or not wearing it, how tiring can be to always look impeccable, the beautiful uniform comes with a set of rules that have to be respected. Respecting the companies’ guidelines when applying makeup doesn’t mean you can’t add a personal touch to the look. On the contrary, it is great to put your mark on, but be sure you don’t take it too far in order to break the company’s boundaries.

Our trainer Roxana, who worked for two years as cabin crew for Gulf Air, tells us about her favourite products during her stay in the Middle East.

“Red lipstick was for me one of the grooming standards of the company, therefore a “must” in my daily look. I have to admit that I wasn’t a red lipstick fan at all. Because I had to respect this, I did detailed research about the lipsticks on the market and the shades available. I found two lipsticks that matched my skin colour perfectly.

For the day long-haul flights, I wore BOSS MATTE LIP KIT by Kylie and for the short-haul or night flights I wore DIVA MATTE by MAC.

These are two shades totally different from another. The last one it’s cherry shade, a dark, nocturnal, mysterious red. When I used to wear it I was feeling shrouded in mystery. On the other hand, the first shade is a lively, light red. I loved applying in my early morning flights. This shade energizes you and prepares you psychically for a long flight.

Although the red colour is really hard to apply and to make it look perfect, most of the times it stood by me, encouraging me as a good friend.”

 

Because at our courses we like to respect all the grooming rules of flight attendants, we asked our colleagues about their favourite red lipsticks.

I’ll start by presenting my personal favourite, Stunna Lip Paint by Fenty Beauty, shade “Uncensored”. I just love the way it looks on my lips while wearing it! I can apply it early in the morning and take it off in the evening without seeing differences. The best thing about it is that it doesn’t dry on your lips as others do. Of course, if you want to reapply it for a more professional look, I totally advise you as it doesn’t look bad on the lips after doing it.

Our trainer Rucsandra, who flew for 30 years for TAROM, the National Carrier of Romania, says that her favourites are Red Woo and Russian Red by Mac.

“Besides my favourites, I also use Lip Stain Always Red by Sephora, which I apply it only after a lip balm because it’s really matte and can dry on the lips. Although it’s that strong and gives you a dryness aspect, I totally recommend it because it’s perfect for long-haul flights.”

Our international trainer, Anca, loves natural looks so she mostly wears lip balms.

“I admit that I’m a person who knows very little about make-up, therefore my skincare and make-up routine is very, very short: moisturizer, SPF, foundation, powder and blush.  2 years ago I stopped using any other make-up product (mascara, eyes shadow, eyeliner etc.) and for the lips I only have two favourites:

Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur – Cherry Bomb by Terry – I love this because it’s extremely light, it’s a good moisturizing for the lips and has a discrete red shade which I love.

Outrageous Plump Effect by Sephora is a gloss which become my best friend since 2017.”

 

Now that we know how important red lipstick is…

Which shade suits you the best?

We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

  1. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’ interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our courses. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

  1. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here

Why is it necessary to have a certain height when working as a flight attendant?

All airline companies are looking for cabin crew with a pleasant physical aspect and a certain height. The height standards aren’t there because companies look for crew that are models, they exist because of the safety of the passengers and the entire crew. If you look carefully at the cabin while travelling, all the overhead compartments are placed above the seats at a certain height (the distance between the seats and the compartments depends on which airplane you are flying with).

As a flight attendant, you have to reach those compartments in order to close and open it each time you have to secure the cabin for take-off or landing. So if you’re likely to have a small height, being in the shoes of a flight attendant could be really difficult. Therefore, airline companies are really serious about height when recruiting people.

Another reason for respecting the minimum requirements is that on certain airplanes, many of the emergency equipment are placed in these compartments. The equipment stored in there can be oxygen bottles, water or halon fire extinguishers used in the event of a fire, medical kits and other survival equipment. In an emergency situation, a few seconds matter so you have to be able to get them by yourself. You can’t waste your precious time getting help from a taller colleague.

That’s why most of the companies have a reach test, where you have to be barefoot, on tiptoes during recruitment days.

Take a look at the minimum height requirements for these following companies:

  • Ryanair – minimum 157 cm, maximum 188 cm
  • Wizz Air – minimum 165 cm for women, for men minimum 175 cm – with an arm reach of 210 cm while standing on tiptoes
  • Etihad Airways – minimum 212 cm  – you have to reach 212cm without shoes
  • Qatar Airways – minimum 212 cm  – you have to reach 212 cm on tiptoes, without shoes
  • Emirates – minimum 160 cm – you have to reach 212 cm while standing on tiptoes
  • Saudia Airlines – you have to reach 212 cm with your hand while standing on tiptoes
  • Fly Dubai – minimum 158 cm
  • British Airways  – minimum 158 cm, maximum 186 cm
  • Virgin Atlantic  – minimum 158 cm
  • Easyjet – minimum 158 cm, maximum 190 cm
  • Lufthansa – minimum 160 cm, maximum 195cm
  • Norwegian – minimum 160 cm
  • Volotea  – minimum 158 cm, maximum 190cm
  • Hainan Airlines  – you have to reach 212 cm with your hand while standing on tiptoes

Remember to always check carefully the requirements of your desired airline company before applying in order to see if you meet them. Recruiters are strict when verifying this aspect, therefore even if you are extremely prepared for this job, you won’t be able to pass the reach test because SAFETY comes first.

Join our courses! We prepare you to pass any airline interview:

  1. If you want to have a broad overview of the role and duties of cabin crew, airline companies profiles, stages of each airlines’s interview and how to pass them, we are waiting for you at our 4 days intensive course. We make your perfect cabin crew CV & pictures, we help you gain confidence and learn how to speak in public, so you will have a flawless performance at your cabin crew interview. Details and registration here.

 

  1. If you cannot attend our courses, regardless of where in the world you are located, we can work together privately. Through coaching sessions via web video (Skype or Google Hangouts), our trainers can work with you to improve your performance at the cabin crew interview and supporting you every step of the way to get you where you want to be. More details here