Career opportunities in aviation are growing at a fast pace. India’s booming economy and its consequent profits have resulted in increased air traffic.
Junior Executive (Air Traffic Control):
Pay Scale: Rs. 16400 – Rs. 40500
Eligibility Criteria: Regular B. Sc with Physics and Maths or B. E ./ B. Tech in Electronics / Telecommunication / IT with at least 60% marks.
Career as Air Hostess:
This job offers high pay and perks but there is tremendous hard work and erratic hours go along with the job. A flight attendant has to work round the clock. Generally, flying time spent by an air hostess is 75-85 hours per month. In addition, he/she has to work for more than 100 hours (in a month) on ground. The total working hour of a flight attendant totals more than 200 hours a month.
Job Profile of a Air Hostess:
Serve meals and beverages, taking care of sitting arrangements to the most daunting one to ensure safety of the passengers.
An air hostess has to report to In-flight Operations where she is briefed by senior flight attendant about the duration of the flight, meal service, reviewing emergency measures, whether conditions or for any other important instruction for that particular flight. These briefings also involve some important decisions like, who will work in business class or who will fly in economy class Generally, freshers are allocated the economy class.
The actual job starts on boarding the air craft. Main job of a Air Hostess in Flight are:
- Checks to ensure whether all the safety devices are in place
- Check essential comfort elements like cleaned washrooms
- Making important announcements regarding weather conditions, meal service, specific rules and regulation for passengers.
- Serve meals, beverages and drinks
- Giving special care to patients, elders and physically disabled
Salary of an Air Hostess:
Rs. 20,000 to 35,000 per month, excluding perks.
There are opportunities of promotion to the rank of Senior Hostess/Steward, Cabin Supervisors, Training Manager as well as to the senior administrative positions. Experience is duly rewarded.
Today, growing competition among airlines have made them more compromising in terms of salaries. Reputed airlines are ready to pay even more than Rs. 45,000 a month, provided you have gained good experience. Of course, there are other allowances/facilities/incentives etc.
Eligibility for Air Hostess:
Age Limit: In India, 19 is the minimum age requirement for a flight attendant. Airlines have specified the age limit as between 19-27. American airlines don’t have any age restrictions and in the Europe airlines, maximum age for a flight attendant is 35 years.
Educational Eligibility: 10+2/equivalent or graduates (in any subject) are eligible to apply for air hostess training programme. Candidates with diploma/degree in Hotel Management or tourism management are preferred.
Physical Eligibility :
Height: According to the standards laid down by most of the national airlines, a female flight attendant must have the height of 157.5 cms and the height requirement for male flight attendant is 163 cms.
Weight: in proportion to his/her height.
Eye Sight: Normal vision or minimum uncorrected distant vision of 6/ 24
Swimming: Flight attendant should possess all the skills that can help in safeguarding the lives of passengers in any emergency situation and swimming is one of the important factors.
Medical Test: Flight attendants have to go through various medical fitness tests. These include eye test, blood, urine and stool test, AIDS test, Hepatitis B test, hearing ability test, Chest X-ray, ECG and Ultra Sound.