AirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2409 times:
Well...I'm thinking about becoming a flight attendant. I am currently 18, however I turn 19 in April (and my semester of college ends in May). So-some regionals (specifically Chautauqua) only require you to be 19 to be hired as a flight attendant. I was thinking of applying but had several questions that I hope you can answer.
First-is it possibly to juggle a class schedule and a flying schedule? Does anyone do it? If so, how?
Second-What other airlines (besides CHQ) hire at 19?
Third-What do the possibilities for advancement look like? (As in moving into higher pay scales and on larger aircraft) How easy is it to accomplish that?
PiedmontGirl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2322 times:
It is extremely difficult to juggle going to school and and a flying schedule with any airline. It's difficult to fly and manage to take one college course. To take a full load of courses and fly would be all but impossible.
A viable alternative might be a part time ground job until you have your degree.
The regional carriers, or commuters, are separate companies from the mainline carriers. In order to move from a regional to a mainline, you have to apply at the mainline and go through the hiring and training process all over again.
Being with a particular mainline carrier's regional partner is no guarantee that you will be hired with the mainline carrier. Or with any carrier for that matter.
Iflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2212 times:
AirT85: I would concur with what Piedmontgirl has written, but would add one piece of advice-unless you can find a ground position with a carrier; and they are out there if you look, finish school first. It's impossible to go to school and fly(I tried it) and that's why I would suggest a ground position while in school. Once you have your degree, it makes anything in Aviation, Commercial or otherwise MUCH easier to come by! Best of luck to you!
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FlygirlHels From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2160 times:
Well, you'll probably be on reserve your first six months to a year... meaning you will not have a regular schedule..... and you probably won't have a choice of bases, so you may have to move when you complete your training with the airline...
Not impossible to juggle class schedule with work, but nearly so...
Most carriers only require you to be 19 to be hired... just about all the regionals... (some let you at 18 I believe)... but many airlines aren't hiring at this present time....
Higher pay scales... not much of that actually.... being with a regional won't get you in with the mainline carrier necessarily... at many airlines they are separate unions between the two airlines so you'll start with zero seniority if you change airlines... most flight attendants I know and work with stay with one carrier, even be it a regional....
I'm fortunate enough to be able to afford working for a regional due to family gains, and quite enjoy it......
At least at Chautauqua, the starting F/A probably make more than their starting pilots... and all of them make less than a starting clerk at most supermarkets
Tcfc424 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 517 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2145 times:
A very helpful resource for those wanting to become a flight attendant:
Under forums, look under Future Flight Attendants. There are literally hundreds of people on this site who are in, or have been trying to get into the industry. Theres tips for interviews, information about pay, benefits, reserve, crashpads, you name it. Great site!
SWAFA30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2109 times:
On what basis can one be rejected from becoming an F/A?
Tough question. The inflight service hiring process is one of the most subjective and esoteric out there.
It really all depends on the carrier, because each one is seemingly looking for something different. What could make you a shoo in at one carrier could keep you from getting past the cattle call at another.
For some of the regionals that still operate the smaller props and jets, being over 5'9" or 5'10" will disqualify you. Some carriers insist on bilingual candidates, others don not. Some carriers are looking more for personality. Even then it could go either way. Being a little "wacky" and willing to "think outside the box" is a huge advantage at Southwest or maybe jetBlue while the same characteristics would make you unsuitable for most of the larger legacy carriers who have a very specific image of how a "professional" flight attendant should present herself. Outside of the United States, many carriers will not hire flight attendants who do not reflect the ethnicity of the carrier's home country. Then there are the less concrete things that could keep you from winning a training offer. Talk too much in the group interview? The recruiting staff may feel you won't be content to "blend in" in training class. Talk too little during the group interview? Now you are coming across as shy and introverted which just won't do in a customer service position. I could go on and on but I think you get the point. Once you get past meeting the basic qualifications it really depends on what kind of mood the recruiter is in. All of us could go on for hours telling about how we were soundly rejected by XYZ airlines only to walk across the street and get an offer of training from ABC airline.
FA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 21 Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2029 times:
When looking for a flight attendant position be smart about it. Find the right carrier for your needs. I chose UA because they had a huge international network and international domiciles. I also chose UA because at the time their stock price was around 100/share and they were the most profitable airline in the world. (So much for that eh?!)
My suggestion is to finish school, get some more "life experience" under your belt and apply in a couple of years at a legacy carrier and fly all sorts of planes to all sorts of destinations.
The competition is very fierce and you've better look like thier ideal candidate when you go to the interview! When I applied at UA there were 35,000 applicants and I was one of 1,200 hired that year. Those that made it were those who took the job seriously, looked at it like a profession instead of a job, and those who looked the part. You also must be proportional to weight and height and can't exceed 6'2" at UA.
Get your degree, it will give you an edge over your competition when you apply!
I hear rumors UA will be hiring in late 2006, keep your fingers crossed!
The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better
AA777MIA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 686 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1938 times:
If I am not mistaken jetBlue had or has a program for college students. Something like you can work one semester and take classes another... Not real sure, perhaps a crewmember from B6 could expand, or might be worth looking into...
Iflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1869 times:
AA777MIA: That's an awesom point and just might be worth looking into. My only other advice to him besides finding a ground position, FINISH SCHOOL FIRST! It does make all the difference. I wish I had done that instead of the other way around. God, it's hell getting old!
Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....