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Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:20 pm

I received this in my email box and since I see a number of inquiries on here about flight attendant positions at airlines, I thought I would post. It's an open house in Texas for tomorrow, January 5.

The link is here, but there's a typo in their headline saying it's January 4 on the website. Click the link to find out what is required if you plan on attending.

http://ir.spirit.com/releases.cfm?ReleasesType=

Miramar, Florida (January 4, 2013) - Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) is hosting open houses for new flight attendant jobs tomorrow, Saturday, January 5, 2013.

Location:
Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana
5 Village Circle
Westlake, TX 76262

Dates/Times:
Sign-in begins approximately one hour prior to each session and doors will close promptly at the following scheduled times:
Saturday, January 5, 2013
9:00 am and 2:30 pm
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:00 pm

Do thwy currently havw a crew base at DFW? If not, I guess they might soon.
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:32 pm

Makes you wonder, especially with the way the press release ends.
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:28 pm

Wonder what their working conditions/benefits/pay are. If one judges by the average type of customer they transport, NO, thanks!  
 
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:45 pm

Interesting as the flt att's on spirit are in federal mediation on their contract.....this wouldn't be a grab for strike breakers would it?
 
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:00 pm

Quoting PRAirbus (Reply 3):
Wonder what their working conditions/benefits/pay are. If one judges by the average type of customer they transport, NO, thanks!

Have heard they're horrible but that's second-hand. It's all about sell, sell, sell. They even had advertising on their uniforms at one point if I recall. BTW Alaska is hiring as well...up to 300 FA's in 2013. Openings fill quickly...you have to check out their careers website often to hit it when openings for the next class are posted. alaskaair.com/careers
 
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:03 pm

I don't think they're scab hires/"coverage" for labor issues.
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:31 am

Quoting PRAirbus (Reply 3):

Wonder what their working conditions/benefits/pay are. If one judges by the average type of customer they transport, NO, thanks!  

What would the average type of customer of NK be? All I could think of is one looking to save a few dollars on a relatively short flight.
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:37 pm

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 5):
Have heard they're horrible but that's second-hand. It's all about sell, sell, sell.

Keep in mind Spirit is a discount airline, so the pay is not going to be anywhere near the majors. Also, don't forget when a new FA usually starts out, they are with a regional carrier and pay is probably just as bad, if not worse on the regionals. I personally find that the Spirit flight attendants are among the best around. The flights i've been on have had a young crew that was eager and excited to be in the air, jetsetting around the country.

Spirit itself is a great airline. Yes, it's all about sell-sell-sell, but that is because that is where profit comes from. Like i tell folks: If you are looking for perfect schedules, assigned seats, checked bags, connections, then fly a mainline carrier! If you are looking to get from A-B with little personal belongings, don't care when you sit, or what time you fly, then Spirit is the perfect match for you!
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:57 pm

Quoting Cush (Reply 8):
If you are looking to get from A-B with little personal belongings, don't care when you sit, or what time you fly, then Spirit is the perfect match for you!

That might be true, but the down side is that most LCC carriers have very few flights between A & B. If one is delayed or cancelled, they will not rebook you on another airline. You might have to wait days for an available flight.
 
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:11 pm

Quoting adamh8297 (Reply 7):
What would the average type of customer of NK be? All I could think of is one looking to save a few dollars on a relatively short flight.

I believe that they were referred to in Blazing Saddles as the "common clay of the west." You can youtube that...

Overall though, I suspect they are really trying to make huge inroads at DFW, and thus about to expand the base...but I can't help but think of the pullouts from DTW and ORD and the downshift of FLL...and wonder how long DFW will last before NK starts a drawdown.
 
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:34 pm

Quoting Cush (Reply 8):
Keep in mind Spirit is a discount airline, so the pay is not going to be anywhere near the majors. Also, don't forget when a new FA usually starts out, they are with a regional carrier and pay is probably just as bad, if not worse on the regionals. I personally find that the Spirit flight attendants are among the best around. The flights i've been on have had a young crew that was eager and excited to be in the air, jetsetting around the country.

You will be VERY surprised at how good the NK FA have it.....
 
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:53 pm

Quoting azstar (Reply 9):

It's funny that you bring it up, because you are right. They won't usually rebook you if a flight is delayed or cancelled, but they will rebook you on a different airline if your flight is overbooked. I guess because it's your choice, but I always thought that was a little strange. MY NK flight was overbooked once before to MYR and they said they'd rebook us on MQ to CLT and US to MYR. I didn't take it, but I wish I had so I'd have more flying time and the US flight was an E-175. The funny part is that the flight ended up being about 2 hours delayed at the gate and the MQ flight beat us to CLT and the US flight landed as we were taxiing to the gate.
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:20 pm

Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 12):
They won't usually rebook you if a flight is delayed or cancelled, but they will rebook you on a different airline if your flight is overbooked.

There are federal guidelines that apply when flights are overbooked, so, I guess, they are required to do that.
 
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:27 pm

EK is also looking for FAs in Dallas, on the same day. Pick your poison http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/2...s-flight-attendants-saturday.html/
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:33 pm

Quoting azstar (Reply 13):

Oh, thanks! Didn't know there were actually federal guidelines, though you would think there would be.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 14):

Does EK have any FAs based in Dallas at this point or are they just starting to look for them?
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:15 pm

Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 15):
Does EK have any FAs based in Dallas at this point or are they just starting to look for them?

IIRC, most if not all EK FAs are based at DXB, and EK holds job fairs around the world to hire pilots and FAs with the intent of moving to the UAE.
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:13 pm

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 16):

That's pretty cool. I didn't know they had such a diverse group of crews!
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:08 pm

Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 17):
That's pretty cool. I didn't know they had such a diverse group of crews!

I wouldn't exactly call their crews 'diverse' except for their nationality. It's a short-term job, just like many Asian carriers. Get too old or gain a few pounds and you're shown the door.
 
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:59 pm

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 18):
I wouldn't exactly call their crews 'diverse' except for their nationality.

I meant nationalities. It's pretty diverse if they have crews all over the world, or perhaps there's a better word to use? (Also, I am really asking if there is a better word, as there probably is. I am IN NO WAY I trying to sound like an a$$).

[Edited 2013-01-05 16:00:05]
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:36 am

Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 10):

AWACSooner writes: "Overall though, I suspect they are really trying to make huge inroads at DFW, and thus about to expand the base...but I can't help but think of the pullouts from DTW and ORD and the downshift of FLL...and wonder how long DFW will last before NK starts a drawdown."

AWACs- you're going to have to clue us in as to these supposed "pullouts"of ORD and DTW. By comparing the following 2 images, it is clear that over the last 3 years, ORD has only seen very large growth and DTW has grown some as well.

Spirit Route Map Circa early 2010


Spirit Route Map Circa early 2013


Regarding ORD: In the 2010 route map, I count 3 nonstop cites from Chicago and from the current map, I count 16. Over the last 3 years has added 13 cities and roughly 15 daily departures for a total of 19-21 departures a day depending on the day of week/season. Spirit has had this same amount of flights since mid 2011 out of O'hare, and the only reason more have not been added is the lack of gates. Spirit is maxed out in ORD with only 2 gates.

Regarding DTW: in 2010 NK had 10 nonstop cities at 13-14 daily departures. and now they have 13 nonstop markets for a total of 17 daily departures.

So in both cases of ORD and DTW your supposed "pull out" theory doesn't exactly hold. I would love to see what makes you think that ORD and DTW have been pulled down, if you have proof or ideas, please do tell. Sure, out of these cities some markets have been dropped or reduced but the slack was obviously made up elsewhere where markets or flights were added, a rearranging of the deck chairs, if you will.

I will give you that FLLs amount of flights have been reduced slightly over the past few years as international and Caribbean frequencies have been reduced but overall capacity is actually up in FLL with 178 pax A320s taking over many of the former 145 pax A319 routes and much of the frequency reduction southbound has been largely made up with the addition of domestic flights northbound.

[Edited 2013-01-05 18:38:20]
 
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:52 am

Quoting beechtobus (Reply 20):

A bit off topic, but in the first map (circa 2010), why is the line between MYR and ATL yellow and not blue or red because it is seasonal?
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:09 am

Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 21):

At that time MYR-ATL was an new announced route that hadn't yet started, but yes, it was also to be seasonal. The dashed red lines showed the current routes that were seasonal. Spirit color codes routes that start in the future based on start date. I don't think they do this on the route map on the web site any more but if you open the PDF timetable on their web site you'll see this.
 
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:49 am

NK hiring FAs in DFW is every bit as surprising as WN making DEN their newest crew base  . It seems DFW already does - or soon will - enjoy nonstop service to every single domestic [mainland] market NK serves, with obvious exceptions of PBI (they serve nearby FLL), ACY (surprisingly, they will serve nearby PHL from DFW), the seasonal CRW station that didn't even work from FLL, and the pseudo-Canadian gateways to Florida/Caribbean PBG and IAG. If they keep growing in DFW, I'm guessing we'll see even more new stations come online - PVR, CZM, SLC, SAT, AUS, STL, MCI, MKE, CAK, CMH, CVG, BNA, MEM, BHM, RDU, CLT, ORF, JAX, and the long-rumored BLI come to mind as great possibilities!
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:50 am

Quoting beechtobus (Reply 22):
At that time MYR-ATL was an new announced route that hadn't yet started, but yes, it was also to be seasonal. The dashed red lines showed the current routes that were seasonal. Spirit color codes routes that start in the future based on start date. I don't think they do this on the route map on the web site any more but if you open the PDF timetable on their web site you'll see this.

Thanks! It also answers my mental question as to when NK actually started MYR-ATL.
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:19 am

Quoting Cush (Reply 8):
I personally find that the Spirit flight attendants are among the best around. The flights i've been on have had a young crew that was eager and excited to be in the air, jet setting around the country.

That is awesome for you, and I mean that. My only 2 flights on NK were two days or less apart, and each 3 1/2 hour flight was crewed by, weary looking F/A's that had a dead look in their eyes, making little contact with the passengers, less the obligatory pass through the aisle trying to sell, food, soda, water or alcohol right after take off. Our flight was admittedly red-eye service both ways, and most likely at the end of their service day, sadly no crew memeber I saw, looked excited to be there.

Quoting Cush (Reply 8):
don't care when you sit, or what time you fly, then Spirit is the perfect match for you!

And are 5"4, 120 pounds, have no leg, hip or back problems, and you enjoy the smell of lavatories and floral spray.

Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 10):
Overall though, I suspect they are really trying to make huge inroads at DFW, and thus about to expand the base...but I can't help but think of the pullouts from DTW and ORD and the downshift of FLL...and wonder how long DFW will last before NK starts a draw down.

I agree you are correct, NK will make DFW their number one or two hub, using FLL as a gateway for Latin America and the Caribbean, with DFW being a hub for N, S, E & W traffic. They tried ORD and DTW, looks like DFW is doing well for NK, maybe they have found their niche, and AA is so big they will likely never really make any dent in AA's O/D market, as NK creates fliers in markets not steas them.

Quoting azstar (Reply 13):

There are federal guidelines that apply when flights are overbooked, so, I guess, they are required to do that

From the last time I saw those WN based TV shows, WN doesn't send passengers to other carriers, heck WN does not even send their passengers over to FL even though they are the same carrier basically.
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:19 pm

Quoting beechtobus (Reply 20):

How about you pull up the route maps from ten years ago and compare what their hubs at ORD and DTW were then...then look at them now? Maybe then you can see what I am talking about instead of appearing to use half the argument to flame away?
 
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:40 am

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 25):
That is awesome for you, and I mean that. My only 2 flights on NK were two days or less apart, and each 3 1/2 hour flight was crewed by, weary looking F/A's that had a dead look in their eyes, making little contact with the passengers, less the obligatory pass through the aisle trying to sell, food, soda, water or alcohol right after take off. Our flight was admittedly red-eye service both ways, and most likely at the end of their service day, sadly no crew memeber I saw, looked excited to be there.

I had my first pleasant NK cabin crew recently, and it must have brought good luck, as all crews I've had since on NK (three crews) have been smiley and pleasant. On my most recent flight with them, the forward FA was joking and smiling the entire flight! We had an incident a few months back on the ground (minor, nothing that delayed the flight more than 10 minutes), and the FA was trying to keep everyone's spirits up (pun not intended) and made a joke about what happened.

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 25):
And are 5"4, 120 pounds, have no leg, hip or back problems

When I fly NK I upgrade to the big front seats as much as possible. They are actually pretty comfortable.
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RE: Spirit Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants

Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:56 am

One of my friends got hired yesterday. She is excited. Im sure working as a F/A for any mainline carrier has is benefits and drawbacks. Generally no airline pays far worse or better than domestic counterparts. That's a big driver behind many of the comptetitve antics airlines do towards passengers because fares and fees are among the few things an airline can control.
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