Do you want to become an air hostess? If yes, this article will be of help to you. Here, I’ve thrown light on the topic – ‘how to become an air hostess after 12th or graduation’.
An air hostess/cabin crew forms an integral part of aviation sector. It is a glamorous and financially well rewarding profession.
Article Overview and Contents
In general, this field is dominated by female candidates. But male candidates may also apply for this job. Air hostess term is usually used to refer female flight attendants. Males in this profession are usually known as flight stewards or simply as cabin crew!
In India, this profession is very popular among young females. Things are changing now and it is not uncommon to see young males choosing this profession! Also check – list of high salary jobs in India.
I’ve already published a handful of guides related to this profession on Apnaahangout! Despite that, I get loads of queries related to it each day!
“What’s the procedure to be followed in order to become an air hostess?” – this is a query that I face the most! 12th pass students, graduates, college goers – all of them pose this question in front of me!
That’s why I decided to address this topic and came up with a detailed guide! But before heading to the meat of the matter, let us check out some basic details about this profession.
First of all, let us check out the main duties performed by cabin crew. Here they are –
- Taking care of in-flight announcements and inter department coordination.
- Ensuring safety of passengers.
- Ensuring comfort of passengers
- Helping passengers on board, assisting them with their luggage, seats etc
- Providing food, reading material, blankets and other such items to passengers
- Explaining safety procedures to passengers
- Assisting passengers during times of emergency/distress
Let us check out the advantages associated with this profession now. Here they are –
A typical 9 to 5 job involves dull daily commute, same old cubicle and boring files and computer work! But a flight attendant’s work is quite different from it and is not as nearly boring!
An air hostess’s work involves travel, expensive hotels, flying perks and an opportunity ot visit various places. With time, this routine may seem boring. But it is pretty exciting for many of us!
Flight attendants’ salary has dropped a bit now. But the pay is not as bad as it is made to be! Apart from decent pay, flight stewards also get to enjoy other benefits such as free travel, food, accommodation and other perks.
Chance to experience cultures from around the world
Flight attendants travel a lot! Their job takes them to places. And they get paid for this! If you are interested in experiencing the culture and cuisine of foreign places, this profession will be of help to you!
Chance to interact with people from around the world
If you work for an international carrier, you will be interacting with people from around the world. Your colleagues and passengers will be from different parts of the world.
Interacting with them will open up your mind in many ways! You’ll develop communication skills and inter-personal skills.
It’ll broaden your mind
Traveling to various places and interacting with people of different nationalities will simply broaden your mind!
Develop useful skills
As part of this profession, you’ll be trained in areas such as communication skills, first aid, safety procedures, inter-personal skills etc. As a result, you will develop a set of skills, which will be of help throughout your life! Also check – pros and cons of being an air hostess.
Come, let us move to the meat of the matter now – procedure to become an air hostess after 12th. Here it is –
Steps to become an air hostess in India
In order to understand the procedure, you must know about the eligibility criteria first! Here’s the eligibility criteria, which you must satisfy, if you want to become an air hostess in India –
Minimum educational qualification required – 10+2 passed in any stream from a recognized board.
Age limit is 18 to 25 years of age. It may vary from one airline to another!
Physical and Medical standards –
- Minimum height requirement is 157 cm (for females) and 170 cm (for males). This requirement may differ from one airline to another.
- Weight of the candidate should be in proportion to his/her weight.
- Spotless skin complexion will give candidates an edge.
- Candidate has to be physically fit.
- Eyesight requirements- minimum eyesight requirement is 6/9. Many airlines allow candidates to correct eyesight and make it 20/20!
- Candidate shouldn’t have had history of mental illness in the past.
- Candidate should not be suffering from serious Cardiovascular disease.
As long as you satisfy crucial requirements such as minimum educational qualification, age limit, language proficiency and physical traits, you are eligible to become an air hostess! If you satisfy these criteria, you may apply for air hostess interviews!
It is evident from the above details that 10+2 pass is the minimum educational qualification required to become an air hostess in India. So, if you have passed 10+2 from a recognized board, you are eligible to apply for air hostess jobs and interviews!
If you hold a higher qualification (like Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree), you are still eligible to apply for this job!
Some courses to gain an edge over competitors
Though 10+2 pass is the minimum qualification required, airlines do prefer candidates who possess an advanced and relevant academic qualification.
In simple terms, airlines do give preference to applicants who have pursued and completed a course related to aviation sector. Some such courses are –
- Diploma in Air Hostess Training
- Diploma in Ground Staff Training
- Air Hostess Certificate courses
- B.Sc. in Aviation and Hospitality Management
- Diploma in Airline Ticketing
- B.Sc. in Travel and Hospitality Management
- And more….
For an exhaustive list of courses, check out this guide – list of air hostess courses.
As long as you have passed 10+2 and satisfy other requirements (age limit, height-weight ratio & physical traits), you are eligible to apply for air hostess jobs. But if you want to gain an edge over other applicants, do pursue a relevant professional course (related to aviation, travel, hospitality etc).