How much do you know about the flight attendant’s profession in general? Serving food, answering unruly passengers’ whim, and whatnots – are what you would probably answer. But that’s understandable, especially if you’re just an aspiring cabin crew who’s still on the look for the right opportunity. Fret not, because we will tell you all you need to know about a cabin crew’s job, and if it is the ideal job for you.
Cabin crews usually cater to the needs of hundreds of passengers, depending on how big the aircraft is. On the other hand, there are also some attendants who fly with twenty to a hundred passengers daily, and they are called corporate or private flight attendants.
What’s the difference?
A commercial flight attendant mostly flies on the same route weekly, has a consistent monthly schedule, and gets a paid training. Plus, if they aren’t a senior, they don’t have anything else to do but to prepare themselves and show up for the pre-flight briefing before the flight starts.
Meanwhile, a corporate cabin crew might be challenging as you won’t have frequent flights. Yes, you’ll have to wait to be called for a flight. It also happens that the management would call you a few hours for a pop-up flight on the same day, and you should be able to commit to the job. Sure, you can refuse to do a pop-up flight, but if you do so, there’s a huge chance that they will never call you again unless you’re the last one on their list who’s available. Think of it this way: if you say no to one flight, you are saying no to potential long-term flights, and obviously, you will not get paid because salary depends on how many days you’ve flown with a client.
If you’re a corporate cabin crew, chances are you’ll have to pay for everything yourself including the training that you will need such as culinary training, etiquette training, and etc. However, you should take note that just because you’ve had training doesn’t mean it’s a guarantee that you’ll have a job.
During every flight, you also need to prepare everything yourself such as the food of the passengers and the pilots, up to the cleaning part. And yes, that’s not something everyone can do, especially if you get burned out easily.
But then if you’re up to the challenge and you’d like to significantly improve your skills as a flight attendant, you should definitely try to become a corporate cabin crew.
And there you have it! We hope that the information we shared with you is helpful!