Career as Air Cabin Crew

8/12/2013 Career

Air cabin crew is a comprehensive term comprising flight supervisors,
pursuers, air hostesses, and flight attendants. Their responsibility is
to take care of the comfort and safety of the passengers traveling in
the aircraft. Their main duties are to check passengers� tickets, assist
them in storing luggage, and demonstrate safety measures like fastening
seat belt, use of emergency equipment, show exit doors etc. They also
keep a check on the availability of food and beverages, first-aid kit,
and other emergency equipments onboard. On flight, they serve meals and
drinks. They are trained to deal with emergencies, apply safety drill,
and help passengers. The air cabin crew is also required to tackle
special problems, like ill health of passengers.

Course Details
The
minimum education qualification for becoming an air cabin crew member
is 10+2 pass or graduation from a recognized board/university. There are
ample institutes offering different diploma and certificate courses,
like Diploma in Airline and Travel Management, Cabin Crew Certificate of
Diploma in Professional Cabin Crew Services, Diploma in Professional
Ground Staff Services, International Diploma in Cabin Crew Training, and
Certificate courses in flight attendant training, airport operations,
basic travel management, basic airline management, and ticketing and
travel agency management, etc. The candidates should be between 17 and
27 years. Besides, some physical attributes are also required for the
course. The minimum height of the aspirants should be 157.5 centimeters
and weight should be in proportion to the height. Most airlines appoint
only unmarried candidates. Candidates must have a normal eyesight of 6/6
uncorrected vision in each eye. Fluency in multiple languages may be an
added advantage. Applicants should have a pleasing personality and
clear complexion. Many short duration training courses are also
available for air cabin crew members.

Career Prospects
Air
cabin crew members have multiple career options. They can seek job
opportunities in public sector airlines, like Indian Airlines and Air
India. However, most cabin crew members prefer private airlines
operating on domestic and international routes. Private airlines like
Jet Airways, Kingfisher, Spice Jet, IndiGo, and Sahara Airlines are some
favored firms for cabin crews. With experience, they can become
supervisors and assign and oversee the work of junior cabin crew
members. Most airlines allow crew members to opt for other jobs within
the airline, depending on their suitability for the positions available.
Some airlines allocate routine assign administrative and other ground
duties to senior flight staff members.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
As
the job demands for cabin crew are increasing day by day, numerous
training institutes in India offer various courses for cabin crew
members. Some prominent institutes among them are: Indian Airlines Ltd.
Central Training Establishment, Hyderabad; Delhi Flying Club Ltd., New
Delhi; Sahara India Aviation Academy, New Delhi; Skyline Educational
Institute, New Delhi; Flytech Aviation Academy, Secunderabad; Indian
Aviation Academy, Mumbai; Kuoni Academy of Travel, Delhi; Air Hostess
Academy, Delhi; Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training, Delhi;
Freebird Aviation & Management Services, Trivandrum; Avalon Aviation
Academy, New Delhi and Jammu; Airawat Aviation Academy, Mumbai; and
Institute of Hotel Management, Ahmedabad.

Remuneration
It
is true that the pay scales are attractive and perks and allowances are
alluring in the airlines sector. To start off with, the salary of an
air cabin crew member is anything between Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 25,000 per
month in public sector airlines. In private airlines, aspirants can
expect higher pay packages. The emoluments in private international
airlines are three times higher than what is offered in the public
sector. Besides attractive perks, air cabin crew members get free air
tickets for themselves and their family on the routes covered by the
airlines. With experience, one can easily earn Rs. 30,000 - 40,000 per
month, with senior personnel drawing up to Rs. 75,000 per month.

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