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Air Cabin Crew Profile

Air Cabin Crew Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Air Cabin Crew. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Air Cabin Crew
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Air Cabin Crew Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Air cabin crew, also known as flight attendants, are responsible for the care and safety of air passengers during flights.

Before a flight they are briefed on the flight and schedule, and informed if any passengers have special requirements. They also check the aircraft to ensure it is clean and tidy, that sufficient supplies are available, and that emergency equipment is in place and in working order.

Before take-off they greet passengers, direct them to their seats, ensure luggage is safely stowed away and demonstrate emergency equipment and procedures.

During a flight they assist passengers as necessary, and may make announcements on behalf of the pilot. They serve food and drinks and sell duty free goods.

In emergency situations cabin crew reassure passengers and ensure that they follow safety procedures and instructions and use safety equipment correctly. They may have to deal with emergencies such as cabin fires, or give first aid to passengers.

At the end of the flight, cabin crew ensure passengers disembark safely. They then complete paperwork which includes a written flight report recording any unusual incidents, customs and immigration documentation, and accounts of food and drink orders and duty free sales.

Hours and Environment:

Hours of work can vary and include weekends, nights and public holidays. The amount of time spent away from home may change from job to job. Delays and cancellations could mean hours are disrupted.

The work can be demanding and strenuous - cabin crew spend a lot of time on their feet and work in confined spaces. Bad weather can make flying conditions uncomfortable or even dangerous.

Air cabin crew wear uniform, and are expected to be smart and well-groomed.

Skills and Interests:

As a member of an air cabin crew, you should:

  • be tactful but assertive, with the ability to deal with difficult situations politely but firmly
  • have a clear speaking voice
  • enjoy team work
  • be calm under pressure and in emergencies
  • be confident, friendly and good with people
  • be sensitive and reassuring towards people who are anxious or upset
  • be able to work quickly and efficiently
  • be confident with money, including foreign currency


You will need a good standard of education, usually to GCSE or the equivalent, but entry requirements vary between airlines, so you should check with them.

Some airlines ask for 4-5 GCSEs at A-C grades, or the equivalent, including Maths and English.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
You should be fluent in English. The ability to converse in another modern language is desirable, and is a requirement of some airlines.

Air cabin crew must be physicall fit, with normal colour vision and good eyesight.Height requirements vary between airlines, and weight must be in proportion to height. You will need the ability to swim at least 25 metres. It is essential to be smat and well-groomed, and visible tattoos or body piercings are not usually permitted.

Previous experience in customer service is desirable, and nursing, or hotel and catering experience may be particularly useful.

Minimum age of entry is between 19 and 21. The maximum age varies between airlines, however, many have a compulsory retirement age of 50 or 55.

A valid passport permitting unrestricted world travel is necessary.

There are two main nationally recognised qualifications which enable those who want to work as air cabin crew to develop the skills needed to enter employment. They are the Edexcel BTEC Certificate in Preparation for Air Cabin Crew Service and the EMTA Awards Ltd (EAL) Certificate in Air Cabin Crewing.


Airlines provide their own training programme for new entrants. This usually lasts for four to six weeks. Areas studied include: security, safety and emergency procedures, first aid, customs and immigration regulations, customer relations and passenger care, currency exchange, galley management, food preparation and service, and personal grooming. Some airlines have introductory distance learning courses, which can be taken before starting basic training.

Following basic training most airlines have a probationary period of three to six months, during which performance is monitored by trainers or senior crew. Air cabin crew have to pass regular examinations to test their knowledge of safety and emergency procedures, and ensure official first aid requirements are met.


Competition for places with airlines is very intense. Air cabin crew are usually required to live near the airport where they are based. They could be based overseas as international cabin crew with a British airline.

Experienced staff may gain promotion to senior cabin crew. It may also be possible to transfer to ground-based employment with an airline.

Annual Income:

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

A new recruit earns around £9,000.
Air cabin crew with experience could earn £11,000. Salaries for senior crew are around £17,000.

There may also be a flying allowance, which can be up to £4,500 a year for a new entrant.

Further information:

Royal Aeronautical Society
4 Hamilton Place
Tel: 020 7670 4324

Customer Response Team
Stewart House
32 Russell Square
Telno: 0870 240 9800

EMTA Awards Ltd (EAL)
Customer Services
14 Upton Road
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0870 240 6889

Other Useful Air Cabin Crew Work Information

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