Have you always dreamed of working at an airline? Whether you want to be in the air or stay on the ground here are some tips to help you pursue a career in this field.
The airline industry is huge, which increases employment opportunities for people who are passionate about travel. Possible career options for airline employees include cabin crew , air hostess, reservations, airport ground staff , call centre agents, pilots and flight deck crew.
This line of work will allow you to meet and interact with people from around the world while giving you insight into your own personal travels.
The perks of working at an airline can also make the experience worthwhile.
Things like discounted or free flights will open doors for you and your family to travel.
However, it is important to note that airline work can also be routine and airport staff are often expected to operate outside normal working hours.
If you are convinced that this is the industry for you why not apply at one of the following institutions to receive training:
- Flight Training College
- Big Sky Cabin Training Academy
- Cranfield Aviation Training
- Future Flyers Academy
- Sky Aviation Academy
The requirements for training programmes may vary but most institutions select students who are 18 years or older, fluent in English, medically and physically fit, matriculated and able to swim.
To enter the airline industry you will need either a cabin crew licence, diploma in travel & tourism or commercial pilot’s licence depending on your chosen career path.
Some of the general skills and requirements of airline staff include, no criminal record, clear credit record, customer career and communication skills, well groomed, the ability to speak an additional language and a willingness to work shits.
A South African Identity document is a must have a for local employees.
In addition memebers of the flight deck crew must have a minimum of 15000 hours flying time, twin turbine experience and must have completed ATP subjects.
Once you have obtained the relevant qualification and experience you can apply at the following airlines; British Airways, Fastjet, Kulula, Mango, FlySafair, South African Airways.