Air Hostess

12/11/2014 Career

The most important aspect of air travel is to make the journey of the
passengers as much comfortable and safe as possible. It is here the air
hostesses play a great role. They are the people who welcome passengers
aboard an aircraft. They help them in their seating arrangements and
arranging their hand baggage in the proper manner. They ensure the
safety-belt arrangements and demonstrate the use of emergency
equipments. They make the necessary announcements inside the flight. Air
hostesses and flight stewards have to be on duty throughout the
duration of the flight for looking after passengers in general, and
taking special care of air-sick travelers, sick children and babies; and
elderly people or very young who are traveling alone. They serve meals
to both the passengers and the crew. Many young girls as well as boys
opt for air hostess as a career option, because of the exciting
experience of flying, visiting different places, interacting with
different kinds of people onboard, and very attractive pay packages.
Liberalization of air policies has increased the private operation of
air services and hence, has created immense job opportunities in this
field.



Course Details

For admissions into air hostess training courses, the eligibility
criteria may vary from institute to institute. However, most parameters
remain more or less the same in most of the institutes. Courses like
Advance Diploma in Airline Cabin Crew and Hospitality, Airhostess/Flight
Steward Training, Cabin Crew Training, Certified Professional in Cabin
Crew Services, Diploma in Air Hostess and Ground Handling, and Diploma
in Airline Cabin Crew are offered in the leading institutes. The minimum
academic qualification is 10+2 pass or graduate or diploma holder in
hotel management. Age limit of the candidates is from 17 to 25 years.
Also, there are certain physical criteria for enrolling candidates in
this course, like 157.5 cm as minimum height, right weight proportionate
to the height, normal eyesight, fair to clear complexion etc. Besides,
air hostesses should be proficient in languages, such as English, Hindi
and foreign languages, eligible for an Indian passport, unmarried, and
have a pleasing personality. Admission is made through different stages
of the tests conducted. After initial screening, a candidate has to
qualify a written test, followed by subsequent group discussion and
personal interview.



Career Prospects

After successful completion of the training course, budding air
hostesses can check out the large-scale career opportunities waiting for
them in the market. They can find ample job avenues in public and
private sector airlines. With privatization, foreign collaboration, and
open sky policies round the corner, the future is very bright for
aspiring air hostesses. Most airline offices, which are planning to
increase their fleet, have a number of positions open for air hostesses.
They can find employment in public careers like Indian Airlines and Air
India. Besides, better job options are also available in privately
owned domestic and international airlines, namely, Sahara Airlines,
Singapore Airlines, Jet Airways, Kingfisher, IndiGo, Spice Jet, Air
Deccan, etc. An air hostess has every chance to be promoted as senior
flight attendant and later as head attendant. However, profession as an
air hostess lasts for just eight to ten years, after that she could move
on to ground duties like ground hostess and check hostess, train air
hostesses, or can work in the management level. The span of their flying
career as symbols of hospitality may tend to be contractual, but
experienced cabin crew are successfully absorbed in alternative careers
in travel and tourism, hotels, and mass media, to name a few.



Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses

Some of the renowned air hostess training institutes in India are Free
Bird Aviation & Management Services, Trivandrum; Frankfinn
Management Consultants (New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Mumbai);
Pacific Airways, New Delhi; SISI-CMTES Hospitality and Aviation School,
Secunderabad; Air Hostess Academy, New Delhi; Livewel Academy, Mumbai;
Aptima Air Hostess Academy, New Delhi; Flyers Inc, New Delhi; Appliq
Airways Academy Pvt. Ltd., Agra; Global Institute of Flight Care &
Management, New Delhi; Indian Aviation Academy, Mumbai; Sristy's School
of Air Hostess, Hyderabad; Airsonic Training Academy, Panaji; All India
Institute of Aeronautics, Surat; Asia Pacific Institute of Management,
Ahmedabad; Astro Professional Academy Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur; and Avalon
Academy in Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Goa, Indore, and Mumbai.



Remuneration

Air hostess as a career is highly remunerative and prestigious. Although
salaries of an air hostess depend upon the airlines she is employed in,
but the starting salary may vary from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 40,000 per
month in domestic airlines. An air hostess working with international
airlines receives higher salary as compared to the domestic airlines.
The salary of a senior air hostess is about Rs. 60,000-80,000 per month
in public sector airlines and Rs. 2-3 lakhs in private international
airlines.

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