The most obvious one and the most desired, especially if you are working for a large international airline. You will get the chance to travel the world over and experience things most people only dream of. We don’t get long down-route and sometimes are too tired or jetlagged to go and explore but with a bit of rest and careful planning it is possible. Lunch in Nice, Shopping in Milan, Dinner in Paris?
We get to stay in some nice hotels like the Sheraton, Marriott and Hilton, thanks to our need for good crew rest, although we are only there usually 1 night, 2 if we are lucky. Also, many are kind enough to offer us discounts on food and internet too which is a real help – Cabin Crew salary and expensive hotels don’t quite go in the same sentence!
There is no 9 to 5 for us and no 2 days are the same, so it’s a perfect job for anyone who likes different shifts. We also work holidays, weekends at any time of the day or night and standby periods. You are on a different aircraft each day, have a whole new crew and of course different passengers, so you never know what to expect. You could report at 9pm for a flight to Singapore or be sitting at the airport on 5am standby…
Because of the unusual shifts and a varied roster we have quite a nice lifestyle. You usually know 75% of your destinations a month in advance so can plan ahead, you may also have 2 or 3 days off together midweek. Of course, you can plan your trips in advance (shopping or sightseeing) or if you have family at home, you may just want to rest at the hotel or sit in the sun…
Cabin Crew uniforms are quite iconic and as part of the job we have to be very well presented and are the face of the company. The uniforms are designed to stand out and inspire trust in the airline and we have to be instantly recognizable. Uniforms may also reflect culture and religion as well as having to be sturdy and practical. If you are lucky, you may even have a designer uniform.
Most Cabin Crew are very proud of their work and like to present their airline confidently and set high standards. We work hard as a team and mostly love our work so we are proud to wear our uniforms.
Every day we work with different Cabin Crew and Flight Crew and have hundreds of passengers passing through our aircraft. You meet interesting people from all walks of life. You may have an orchestra or a celebrity onboard or you may be working with Cabin Crew from another region – some airlines have bases down-route too.
After 6 months most airlines offer their staff, discounted or standby tickets for personal or family/friends use. This is a bonus if you commute or for a vacation but many Cabin Crew don’t feel like being back on an aircraft on their days off! We also are offered airline and hotel discounts and sometimes reduced car hire fees.
You can move abroad and work as Cabin Crew, there are certainly the most options in the Middle East with airlines such as Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad. These airlines offer free accommodation and transport as part of their package, so if you want to experience a different culture these airline benefits can be quite beneficial.
There is something about the Cabin Crew role that results in friendships that last a lifetime. This can be just because we understand our lifestyle and if you don’t hear from someone for a while, you know it’s because they are busy flying. We also work very closely onboard, make friends quickly and learn who we can trust – we are a good judge of character.
Working as Cabin Crew has its ups and downs as well as a fair share of turbulence… But as you grow into the Cabin Crew job you will find that it is not just a job but a complete lifestyle and once you have flown for a few years, your eyes always turn to the skies. There are known benefits to the job and a few surprising ones but for most the positives outweigh the negatives and are a great bonus to a Cabin Crew career.