sobelair
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Qatar Airways' Flight Attendant - What Is It Like?

Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:14 am

Hi everyone!

I have attended one of Qatar Airways recruitment days and have passed all selection criteria. At the very beginning I was very enthusiastic about moving to Doha and becoming finally a flight attendant! Now I am having some second thoughts about it.

It would be great if someone here is a flight attendant, or even better if someone already works for Qatar Airways, and can tell me a bit more about the job, working conditions, and what I would mostly appreciate a bit more about Doha and Qatar!

;o) Any comments are welcome!
 
ETStar
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RE: Qatar Airways' Flight Attendant - What Is It Like?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:07 pm

Why the second thoughts? What has you rethinking the whole application? The country? The airline itself? The position itself?
 
UpperDeck79
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RE: Qatar Airways' Flight Attendant - What Is It Like?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:18 pm

Nice to hear that male F/S's are also hired.  Wink
(Not that I'm saying they haven't done it in the past, I've never flown Qatar Airways...)

My thoughts: I understand that you are getting second thoughts I think that's always good as you are thinking also the down sides of such a big change in your life. However, if you don't take the job you might regret it forever and you will never know how it actually would've been living in Doha and working for Qatar Airways. If you do take the job and it's awful, you can always quit, right? So why not give it a try!  Smile
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yowza
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RE: Qatar Airways' Flight Attendant - What Is It Like?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:41 pm

Quoting UpperDeck79 (Reply 2):

QR have numerous male FAs. In fact I can't recall being on a QR flight that didn't have at least one.

As far as working for QR goes, it's worth a shot. Doha is not a super-exciting place to live but there are definitely things to do and a lot to see in the region. QR seems to treat it employees well and does not have the reputation that some other carriers in the area (no names) do. If you take it you will get to see a lot of very interesting places and worst case you will have an interesting chapter to add to your biography  Wink

On top of this you get to be part of a blossoming carrier flying state of the art metal and a decent pay and benefits package. There are also many expats of all nationalities in Doha so you should be able to find some of your countrymen should you get a little homesick from time to time.

One piece of advice I would offer you is that being an FA for QR will require patience and openmindedness - more so than would be needed on most western carriers. They do serve some sketchy places and there are some trying flights for sure, particularly those that ferry labourers in and out of the gulf - a lot of pax on these routes have never flown and are a little rough around the edges. I recently helped a guy fill out a landing form because he did not know what a landing form was or how to write. With that said it will be an excellent experience. I wish you the best of luck and let us know if you take the job, I'll have to buy you a beer next time I'm in Doha.

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RE: Qatar Airways' Flight Attendant - What Is It Like?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 6:23 pm

Go to www.pprune.org and search the Middle East Forum...there is an endless list of posts on Qatar Airways and working conditions there.

It is a very exciting time for the carrier as it expands, Asian Games 2006 coming up and a brand new airport opening in a couple of years. However, most of the reviews I've read about working for QR have not been positive.

Things like forcing your guests to sign in/out when they come and visit you in your accomodation. Also, I've heard an outrageous claim that FA's have a curefew to respect at night time in Doha??? Anyways mate, just make sure you have a good idea about what to expect, otherwise you may be disappointed.

You might love it or hate it depending on your attitude. Considering this is your first job, I would go for it. You're not exactly working for a third world unreliable airline and Doha is no dirty s@#$hole. Working in the gulf is great experience in any particular field, including inflight service.
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airmale
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RE: Qatar Airways' Flight Attendant - What Is It Like?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 6:25 pm

Have a look at www.pprune.org and go to the "middle east" section. There you will have plenty to read. But be careful, only unhappy people seem to post there.

In any case, if you are hired, I would take the job. Experience in a foreign country is always a plus. Doha is certainly not the most exciting place on earth, but with all the construction going on, it will be a different place in a few years time.
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RE: Qatar Airways' Flight Attendant - What Is It Like?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:24 am

Hey sobelair!

definitely check out pprune.

a few of the posts about working for QR are quite an eye opener!