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Being A Regional Flight Attendant  
User currently offlineJetBlue From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 393 posts, RR: 5
Posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4767 times:

Hey all!

I'm currently a ground handler for United Express and am in flight training to be a pilot. The other day I was talking to a flight attendant who got me excited about becoming a flight attendant until I have enough hours for an airline job.

So I'd like to know some things from fellow flight attendants out there.

What kind of hours/days can a new hire expect?

What's the pay like?

I'm 5'11", and that's American Eagle's limit. However, I have to duck to stand in the ERJ. Would they restrict me to the CRJ?

What are the pros/cons of particular regionals?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Anything else I should know before I apply?

Thanks,

jetBlue


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User currently offlineBMED From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 860 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4752 times:

BMI in the UK ask for a max limit of 5'10 to crew the ERJ's. Thats in the UK though so the laws are different. Have you looked at other airlines who fly the ERJ and looked at what their height limits are?


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User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4639 times:



Quoting JetBlue (Thread starter):
What kind of hours/days can a new hire expect?

You would be on reserve, so crew scheduling could call you at anytime and give you an assignment.

Quoting JetBlue (Thread starter):
What's the pay like?

It pretty much sucks. Expect between $15 and $16 an hour, working 70 to 80 hours a month.

Quoting JetBlue (Thread starter):
I'm 5'11", and that's American Eagle's limit. However, I have to duck to stand in the ERJ. Would they restrict me to the CRJ?

No. All flight attendants are expected to work all aircraft types, no matter how uncomfortable it is.

Quoting JetBlue (Thread starter):
What are the pros/cons of particular regionals?

SkyWest pays better and is non-union. They have nice bases, too. I think LAX, SLC and IAH. They fly as Delta Express and United Express.

From what I heard, TransStates sucks overall. I know they are $15 an hour.

I think Comair and ASA pay somewhat well. Plus I think their domiciles are in nice places, IMO. I think they are like CVG and ATL.

Any reason why you aren't interested in mainline?

AAndrew


User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4575 times:

Hey dude stick with flight training and your agent job. Why would you want to ruin your days working as flight attendant since you already fly free. SmileYou will have a long career in a jet as a pilot, why would you want to be a flight attendant and especially a regional one? However, if you want to leave the ramp job because its cold outside, I would look into it. Good Luck

User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4414 times:

i want to do the same when doing my ATPL groundschool, home study, so Ive applied to a few airlines here in NCL, Id recommend the pprune.org.uk site. It may be slightly different sayin as its british, but i guess you can get some advice from this

User currently offlineJetblue From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 393 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4343 times:



Quoting Aa757first (Reply 2):
Any reason why you aren't interested in mainline?

Oh, I would definitely be interested in mainline, but I wasn't aware any were hiring. You could say I'm AA's biggest fan, so if I'm going to be flying I'd like it to be for them.

The main reason I want to do this is to get a feel of what the pilot job is like, as far as going away from home for days at a time. I LOVE flying and would do anything to have a lifelong career with AA, but I'm a bit concerned about being away so much.

The flight attendant I spoke with and who got me started on this idea was a SkyWest one, and she loves it.

What does American Eagle pay?

jetBlue



We know for you it's not just a seat on a flight to a place. It's a seat on a flight to your life.
User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5053 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4289 times:

I understand it is painful in the beginning. Most airlines pay ya 70-75 hours, regardless if you work that many or not. Plus if you fly over the 70-75 hours, you usually make at least time and a half. I noticed Air Tran was hiring, but the pay looks rough, especially in the beginning.

Reserve is also a guarantee. Usually you have to be within 2-3 hours of the assigned airport. So, commuting "home" could be difficult. Once you are off of the reserve list, you can commute comfortably. Just keep in mind with the state of the industry, it is easy to end up back on the reserve list, especially with layoffs.

Training is very intense, and several exams are a guarantee. Most airlines will only let you retake a test once, and if you score below a certain percent, pack the bags.

Uniforms are pricey, and most airlines pay for part of your uniform. You can usually have the price payroll deducted, and you can usually have a minimal amount taken.

At first, it will be difficult. You are at the bottom. If you stick it out, the rewards will usually be great (like pay).

I too am looking very seriously at becoming a Flight Attendant. I have asked several questions, and tried getting a feel for what it is like. Besides the rough beginning, I have heard very positive feedback.



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User currently offlineViflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 500 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4244 times:



Quoting Jetblue (Reply 5):
What does American Eagle pay?

Currently at MQ starting pay FA is $17.67 per flight hour, $1.30 per diem.
Your guaranteed minimum 75 hour per month for the first 4 years. But were currently in contract negotiations and fighting for a better pay scale (our contract was up 3 1/2 years ago).

Last time I checked the high limits were 5' to 5'10" and according to the company it has to do with operating the emergency exits.

Training is done in house down in DFW, it's about 4 weeks long, It's intense but I don't really feel that it was all that hard. Basically they cram a lot of info in a short amount of time (when I went thru training it was only 3 1/2 weeks). After training you have 2 training flight trips called IOE (Initial operating Experience), one a prop (if your going to MIA or SJU it's the ATR 72, if not Saab 340B) and one jet (primarily the EMB-135/140/145 or the CRJ700). This IOE is done with a line FA who is qualified to do IOE, and It's just to make sure your comfortable working on the A/C (especially with us since 90% of the time your working by yourself).

Is it worth it, I enjoy it been doing it just shy of 5 years, and I'm also training on my own time to get my Commercial pilots license.

Hope this helps
Vi



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User currently offlineJetBlue From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 393 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4084 times:

Hey Vi,

Thanks for the information! I used to work for AAdvantage at HDQ before going to flight school. Where are you based?

Another question is about bases at AE. Do you know what they are hiring for? Would it be likely or probable to get stuck in SJU or MIA for a while? I'm a 2 hour drive from ORD.

So they will still hire you if you have to duck your head when walking through an ERJ?

Thanks,

jetBlue



We know for you it's not just a seat on a flight to a place. It's a seat on a flight to your life.
User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4070 times:

JetBlue,

If you want to fly mainline, check out these carriers:

America West, PHX / KPHX), USA - Arizona">PHX and LAS / KLAS), USA - Nevada">LAS
Southest, LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX, BWI / KBWI), USA - Maryland">BWI, LAS / KLAS), USA - Nevada">LAS, PHX / KPHX), USA - Arizona">PHX, MDW / KMDW), USA - Illinois">MDW and some more
AirTran, ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL
Champion Air, not sure of bases
Plant Airways, MIA / KMIA), USA - Florida">MIA I think
Miami Air, not sure of bases
USA 3000, NYC, PHL / KPHL), USA - Pennsylvania">PHL, PIT / KPIT), USA - Pennsylvania">PIT, ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD, CLE / KCLE), USA - Ohio">CLE (very selective!)

Edit:
Check out Omni, World, TMA, North American (JFK, some nice routes!) and Ryan International.

AAndrew

[Edited 2005-03-11 03:26:40]

User currently offlineVIflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 500 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3953 times:

I'm based in ORD.
Right now they are hiring but the bases are assigned by where in the system FA's are needed. It changes every month but before training is complete they ask you to list what bases you would like to go in order of preference and if it available you'll go there. Also after 1 month you can put in for a transfer to another base.
BUT, If your base in either SJU or MIA you'll have to go thru additonal overwater training (this is either done during initial training if your going to be based there from the start or a short additional course if your transferring from any other base). This is because MIA and SJU operate under the Excuative Airlines certificate (which is a overwater cert.) and all the rest (DFW, ORD, LAX, BOS, and LGA) operate under American Eagle Airlines cert.

As for the height thing I'm not sure, we got a lot of TWA furloughees as a few ain't under 5'10" their not 6'2" or anything I just know I'm 5'10" and their a little bit taller than me. Also for the ERJ's if you're taller than oooh..umm... 5'6"~5'8" your going to duck at the entrance no matter what  duck  . I duck to get in and in the middle of the cabin only have about a inch to a inch and a half between my head and the cabin roof. (sorta limits my hair style). So I bid CRJ

Vi



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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3897 times:

I'm trying to get in right now to different airlines. Problem is that I'm 6'2". Almost too tall for mainline and definitely too tall for regional.

Good luck!

LH423



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User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3885 times:

If an airline turns down an applicant purely because of height that would be almost descrimination. When you are hired by an airline you are expected to (be able to) work on all aircraft in the airline's fleet.

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26497 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3871 times:

Quoting Jetblue (Reply 5):
Oh, I would definitely be interested in mainline, but I wasn't aware any were hiring.

Well, your namesake is hiring, as is WN (constantly).



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User currently offlineNwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3822 times:

The best thing that ever happened to me was being turned down by a certain carrier's "express" operator because I am 5'10 and the limit was 5'9. Why was it the best thing that ever happened to me, ha, cause now I am a FA for that carrier- MAINLINE (not the one you think)!!!! Soooo glad I stuck with it.

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