Regis
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Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 12:58 am

A slight variation of the current "Flight Attendants: How Old Are The A/C You Fly?" thread.

Yes, yes, I know it is an indiscreet question, but still one that I am curious about. I fly AA a lot out of ZRH and CDG to DFW, and it seems to me that the F/As on those flights are in their late 50's.

Overall F/As on European airlines servicing int'l routes seems to be much younger than their American counterparts.

Cheers,

Regis in Geneva
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 1:00 am

Im in my 40's.......
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 1:04 am

34.......35 years old next month  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 1:08 am

@ Regis: I have heared that AA flight attendents are "quite" old.
But I also saw older QF flight attendents. But this has nothing to do with standard - old flight attendents do a great job and are very good representitives for their company.
Mostly much better than the young chicks who don't have a clue about aviation and service.
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 1:28 am

Stefandotde,

As a consideration to Females, it is very rude to call them "chicks" I am guessing that you are very young.
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 1:49 am

Yet another stupid topic! Yes it my opinion and I am sticking to it. Flight Attendants are not there for you to gawk at. Thats what PTV's and Maxim magazine are for. And don't dismiss my opinion as one of those "we are only there for your safety types"

end of rant
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 2:23 am

22...and i work for Virgin Atlantic of course!!
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 5:46 am

32.... working for LX
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 5:55 am

cabin boy just out of interest have u ever been to south africa for virgin? and im just wondering, why did u choose virgin?
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 6:03 am

"As a consideration to Females, it is very rude to call them "chicks" I am guessing that you are very young."

I agree, so call them 'birds' instead.  Laugh out loud I jest, before you start.
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 6:08 am

Age 43 -

I would have been terminated by Singapore or Emirates 9 years ago and put out to pasture  Smile Smile

REGIS:
Bear in mind that at most North American carriers, we bid on our schedules in accordance with company seniority. We are not on a rostered system as alot of European and Asia-Pacific airlines are. So it stands to reason, you're going to find a more mature (and equally competent) group flying the creme de la creme. Flights into ZRH with AA or on AC for that matter would be considered a "senior run".
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jobalas
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 6:08 am

Why a stupid topic? It's interesting to have a different point of view. In Europe F/A are younger in general than american F/A. I do this job since 3 years and I'm 25 and I worked for 2R and now for AF and I proud of it!
regards
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 6:52 am

I'm 28 and fly for American Airlines.
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 7:18 am

I'm 31, fly for AirTran, and have been with them since I was 23 (then ValuJet). Yep...grew up with this airline, in more ways than one.

Travis
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 7:46 am

I am 27, and fly for AA.
The views expressed are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect my employer’s views.
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 8:23 am

Age makes no difference when you get "Randy" on these long haul flights! OMG! Wish there were a few fine hooters types who wanted to create some clear air turbulence! The only thing that makes you more gung ho for some companionship than booze is a 15 hour flight! WTF!!
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 8:29 am

Will be 34 next month, and flew for AA until Jan. Now I work for JetBlue in their training dept. Started when was 19...
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 8:31 am

I'm 55, but retired. To still be called a "chick" is really a complement to me. Nothing to get out of sorts over.
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 8:49 am

I just turned 77 years old and I still fly the friendly skies of United across the Pacific. I just have to use a lot of makeup to cover all the cracks.
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 10:36 am

AA- 37 and flying 17 years. Based at LGA-SFO-DCA-MIA.
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 10:48 am

Most of the U.S. majors did a lot of their heavy hiring in the 80s... And even the 70s. You have airlines however, such as the regional carriers, which usually have done a lot of their hiring in the past so many years... On top of that, a position as a F/A at a regional carrier isn't really looked at as much of a career choice as it is at a mainline, therefore the F/As don't tend to stay as long (same thing with pilots) Its like that at WN I believe as well...(Pilot part however might be different at WN) However I know WN has some very senior F/As, and I know that Horizon air And American Eagle have some pretty senior F/As as well. I however did meet a really nice male F/A back in 2000 on an AA flight named kerrick and he only appeared around...ahh 22, 23ish. And I've seen the same thing at UA... However the F/As here will have to tell you who's all left. When I met him he was in his 2nd month. Which means he probably has been layed off. I think at a lot of the majors you can't really find anyone more junior then 2000... if that, but I'll leave it up to the F/As here to answer that!
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 10:53 am

Still 29, soon to be 30 and have been a cabin atendant since December 93 ! I work for AF based in Papeete.
Ia Maitai to tatou tere !
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 10:54 am

from what I've heard the senior F/A's get the international routes for mainline US carriers. What I'm wondering is what if someone has language skills, do they get to move to the international routes quicker?

-David
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 11:17 am

Normally, if a flight to say Madrid requires 3 language speakers, it is possible for junior f/a's to outbid senior ones that do not speak Spanish until those 3 speaker positions are filled
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 2:31 pm

So everyone places a bid on a specifc line... and its awarded in seniority terms? Or do more senior F/As get to bid first... then it goes down the line and you get whatever is open?
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 2:36 pm

And now lets guess the combined age of all the flight attendants.... Laugh out loud

Just a little (bad) humor for those of you who've seen airline...
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 2:52 pm

Finally, a topic which I had the pleasure of scrolling though.

I have flown around the globe enough in my short life and it was fun to think of all the fine flight folks flying the friendly skies which I had not thought of in a long time. To the F/A on the HNL-YVR CP DC-10 back in Jan '92, I should have nodded instead of shaking my head, with that grin of course!

I'm 36, I think Aerosmith is still a boy band and I am caught regularly saying "cool" and "Chicks". (For the record, so does my wife!)

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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 4:42 pm

I am with Continental Express (ExpressJet) and am 25.

That is no longer true about the "regional" airlines not being a career choice!

The pay may not be as good, but my job is more stable and assured than if I were with a "major" airline. To me, it is more important to sit reserve for around a year...or less, then to be reserve for 10+ years at a major. Plus, while we are hiring and expanding; UA, DL, AA, NW, US, etc. are not hiring and still laying more off. I feel we are more stable than most airlines, including the low fare carriers. Really, only SWA is more assured than most regional airlines. In some ways, yes, I would like to work with a major airline; however, I'll sacrafice some pay for significantly less reserve time and a lot more job stability.
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 4:49 pm

Started at 19 at EA....worked with other major carriers in different positions other than f/a....

I have an interview in 3 weeks...f/a for WN...

currently 34 years old...
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 5:35 pm

I started flying when I was 22 and I'm 27 now. I fly for Continental and I'm in the International base in Houston (HTA) which is a very senior base. Majority of the F/A's I fly with are old hags in their 40's and 50's... but some of those grannies know how to have a good time on layovers!

JacobCAL
 
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Flight Attendants:how Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 6:49 pm

I'm 24 and I work for KLM. I was 21 when I started for Sabena.
Nice thing about KLM is that you immediately start flying long-haul.
I love the combination of flying europe on the 737 as well as the rest of the world
on the 744 and 763. I'm hoping to switch the 763 for the 772 soon .
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 9:31 pm

hi KLMCedric...

It's interesting to see that in KLM you mix medium and longhaul. AF should do that. For us, you have to fly medium or short haul during a long time and then you are able fly long haul. Maybe with AF/KLM, it will be change!!!
MrBin, I'm really surprised : 77years old! It's impossible in EU....
regards
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 9:34 pm

Work for Thomas Cook Airlines in the UK, been with them through most of the shake ups and various name changes since I started. Am 33.... 34 end of the year and been here and around for about 12 years.

Don't have a seniority system like the Airlines across the pond, we are rostered flights by a computer depending on the ranks they need for particular aircraft type.

We also have a set hierarchy, junior, bar (looks after all bar paperwork etc) and purser on all flights. I think our youngest purser is about 23 yrs old.
We fly A320, A330, B757-200 and B757-300.

Happy flying!!
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 10:22 pm

I was at LGW yesterday and saw an American flight crew. The women looked like they joined in the 60's but are now in their 60's.

Anders
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 12:24 am

At Iberia you can see "old" F/A, specially in long-haul fleets.My father (ex IB's F/A in B747) was retired when he was 59 years old (60 lees 3 months)
747 always was called the "grandfathers/mothers plane"
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 1:32 am

I am 25 years old and fly for EZY. Here we have a very mixed bunch from 19 throught to 50's. Its a very fun airline to work for and has non of the hierarchy that can be felt within some airlines.
 
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How Long Does It Take To Become A Purser?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 2:04 am

I'm just being curious how it is in other airlines.
At KLM we have 4 promotion steps.
First you become C-class steward (takes about 5 years), then assistent purser
longhaul(5-8years), then euro-purser(8-11 years) and finally purser widebody
after about 12 years of service. I think that's a heck of a long time.
Maybe when things starts to go better and new people will be hired this proces
will speed up a bit. Let's hope so.
How are things in the company you fly for?
 
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RE: Flight Attendants: How Old Are You?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 2:07 am

i worked for EL AL up to about 6 months ago. Now I am 30.
At EL AL, there is a wide age range. I would guess that the average is late 20's.
That's because after 5 -6 years of working, most of the F/A are let off, since most of the F/A are considered Temps, even after 8 or 9 years working. My cousin has been flying since 1994, and is still considered Temp. She is probably the most senior of the Temps. There is also a group of about 200 Permanant F/A, who are all Pursers. They are all much older, i think the youngest are in their mid 40's and the older up to 65.
At EL AL it is also a roster system, whereby only those who are qualified to work in Business Class can make a request to fly. (Usually after a year and a half).
Since every flight need to be made up of a certain crew configuration, then although the juniors can't make requests, they can find themselves flying to any destination, from their very first flight. The long hual and short haul are mixed. We are qualified in all the a/c and can fly to all the destinations. IT WAS GREAT!!