Updated on Mar 21, 2022 07:12 IST
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Cabin crew is one of the prime roles in the aviation industry. A cabin crew, which comprises of air hostess (female) and/or flight steward (male), are responsible for the comfort, welfare and safety of the passengers on board. Apart from checking the comfort facilities for the travelers they also have the responsibility to check all the emergency arrangements before taking off and landing of the flight. 

According to the regulation, no member of the aircrew will fly more than 72 hours in a month. This ensures work-life balance along with attractive salaries. In India, an air hostess can earn between INR 16,000 and INR 45,000 in domestic airlines. In international flights, the number tends to go higher. After a few years of servicing as cabin crew, they can get promoted to head attendant and enjoy a higher salary package. 

The Indian aviation industry is the third-largest in the world as reported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This sector has witnessed tremendous growth over the last few decades with the rising economic infrastructure of the country. According to the economic report by Goldman Sachs, the country has about six million aircraft and 400 million passenger departures. Choosing the career as an air hostess is beneficial for young candidates for the nature of the job, the salary it pays and its future it holds for them.

Educational requirements for pursuing Air Hostess Training

To become an air hostess, the aspirant should have completed 10+2 education in any stream or an undergraduate degree in aviation. The age limit for applying for the course is between 17 years and 26 years. The candidate should be a minimum of five foot and two inches tall in height. The candidate should be unmarried at the time of applying for the course. They should have normal eyesight or corrected to 6/6 in both the eyes. The candidate should be medically fit and have a pleasing personality.

To apply for the training, the candidate can directly go to the training institutes or the airlines after seeing an opening. After selection, the airlines will conduct an initial screening process, in which the height and weight of the candidate are accessed. The candidate has to clear the entrance test conducted by the airlines. After passing the test, the main interview will be conducted to access the voice, language fluency, communication skill and personality of the candidate. The selected candidates will be offered air hostess training by the airline for a period of six months.

Required skillset for becoming an Air Hostess

Air Hostess is a course that demands a lot of soft skills and personality training. The air hostess is required to be confident, and have a pleasant and friendly personality. Other skills that are required are

Skillsets for Air Hostess

Clear speech and voice

Should know foreign language
Team player Good sense of responsibility
Patient Positive attitude
Good Communication Skills Ready to work with flexible timings
Team-working skills Good presence of mind
Should take initiative in all situations Good personality and appearance

Cost of undertaking Air Hostess Course in India

Air hostess training can be taken up at three levels, as certificate courses, as diploma courses, and as degree courses. The course fee is between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1,50,000 depending on the course and the institute. But for becoming an air hostess, one has to work towards getting selected by an airline, they give free training with stipend making the course even more economical to learn.

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Top Institutes for taking Air Hostess Training

There are few colleges that offer air hostess training in India and will render training on-ground services, air hostess training, handling aviation cargo, hospitality and customer services. The top training institutes are,

College Rank

Name of the college

Programme Fee (in INR)

1

Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training, Delhi

1.50 lakh

2

Panache Academy, Gujarat

70 k

3

Universal aviation academy, Chennai

1 lakh

4

Jet Airways training academy, Mumbai

1.45 lakh

5

The Bombay Flying Club's College of Aviation, Mumbai

1.50 lakh

Career Prospects and Salaries

To become a successful air hostess, one has to have a pleasing personality and appropriate education. The field has a tremendous scope and is expected to grow at a steady pace with each passing year. With the liberalization of the FDI policy, tremendous investments are expected in this sector in the near future. The airline industry flourishes with the emergence of new airlines and massive investment.

A career as air hostess also pays with excellent salaries and an attractive work environment. They are paid upto Rs 2 lakh a month if working with international airlines. The salary is between Rs. 30,00 to Rs. 45,000 with domestic airlines. Apart from regular monthly salaries, they are also entitled to other perks such as discounts with flight tickets, retirement benefits, and medical insurance. Some of the top recruiters for air hostess are, Indian Airlines, Go Air, Air India, Delta Airlines, Jet Airways, Gulf Air, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, United Air, Lufthansa, etc.

FAQs on Cabin Crew/ Air Hostess

Q. What qualifications do you need for cabin crew/ airhostess?

A. To be hired as a cabin crew/ airhostess, one needs to be minimum 17 years of age. Along with fulfilling the age limit criteria, aspirants need to be well-versed in English to be hired as cabin crew. Apart from this, fluency in any other language will be an added advantage. Candidates are hired as cabin crew once they complete 10+2 level of education.

Q. What does cabin crew/ airhostess do?

A. Cabin crew or air steward/ air hostess are responsible for ensuring the safety and comfort of passengers flying with an airline. Everyday duties of cabin crew include greeting passengers, showing them to their seats, informing of air safety procedures, helping passengers who have special needs and greeting passengers as they de-plane.

Q. What is the difference between cabin crew and air hostess?

A. There is no difference between both the job profiles. They are simply two different words used to define the same job profile. An airhostess or cabin crew is tasked with looking after passengers on an aircraft.

Q. Is graduation necessary for cabin crew?

A. The minimum educational requirement to be hired as cabin crew is completing 10+2 level education in any stream. Candidates who have completed their graduation will not be given any special advantage. To become a cabin crew/ airhostess one does not need to be from a specific stream or have pursued a specific course. On the contrary, aspirants need to fulfill other eligibility criteria such as weight, height, good communication skills, good vision, etc. to be hired as cabin crew.

Q. Is cabin crew a respectable job?

A. Cabin crew/ air hostess as a profession requires aspirants to have a pleasing personality and fluency of language. Cabin crew job profile is not easy and requires one to be on their toes, work irregular hours and have good communication skills. It is an under-rated job. Cabin crew members are not there just to serve food and beverages to passengers but their primary job is to tackle emergency situations and ensure safety and security of passengers in the aircraft.

Q. Is pilot part of cabin crew?

A. Pilots are responsible for flying the aircraft. Some members who are part of cabin crew are – flight attendants, airhostess, pursers, onboard chefs and the likes. Cabin crew members are responsible for ensuring the well-being of passengers onboard a flight.

Q. Do airlines hire married cabin crew?

A. Most airlines do not have any written rule regarding marital status. However, some airlines have clauses wherein only unmarried candidates with ‘no children’ are eligible to apply for a cabin crew post.

Q. Do air hostess get holidays?

A. Flight stewards and air hostesses do not have a static work schedule or shift. Candidates in such a job profile work weekend as well as holidays (depending on the schedule/ roster issued for them). Once they become a confirmed employee, they are allowed holidays and off days as per industry standards.

Q. Is swimming necessary for cabin crew?

A. When being recruited, no swimming test is done. However, aspirants are required to learn swimming before they board their first flight. Also, at the time of cabin crew license training, one needs to prove that they are not afraid of water and if the need so arises then they can swim as well.

Q. Do air hostesses get paid well?

A. Although it is considered a glamorous field, candidates in air hostess job profile are not paid too well in the first few years of joining the profession. However, as flying hours of candidates increase their salaries also increase. The average salary earned by air hostesses/ flight stewards in India is Rs 4,86,082.

Q. How many hours can cabin crew work?

A. The maximum duty hours that can be undertaken by cabin crew is fixed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The maximum duty period is 22 hours in long haul flights. As per DGCA, cabin crew shall not undertake any “duty between 12 AM and 5 AM local time for two consecutive nights except once within a period of 168 hours/7 consecutive days.

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Comments

How can I apply for air hostess course in Kolkata?

Reply to Rinita Samanta

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konatham Abhishek

Scholar-Level 16

3 days ago

Candidates who have passed 10+2 examination or any Bachelor degree are eligible to apply. For a female air hostess - A minimum height of 157.5 centimeters with weight proportionate to the height would be a must. Further, one must be unmarried with normal eyesight of 6/6 uncorrected vision in each...Candidates who have passed 10+2 examination or any Bachelor degree are eligible to apply. For a female air hostess - A minimum height of 157.5 centimeters with weight proportionate to the height would be a must. Further, one must be unmarried with normal eyesight of 6/6 uncorrected vision in each eye.

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Pankaj

Contributor-Level 9

3 days ago

Dear student, it is my pleasure to help you and give your question's answer in a better way so that you can understand and satisfy
dear student if you want to do air hostess course then you have to appear for walk in interview there is no particular form for this course.

My height is 5 feet 1 inch. Am I eligible for air hostess job / cabin crew?

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konatham Abhishek

Scholar-Level 16

3 days ago

The minimum eligibility criteria for working as an Air Hostess or Flight Steward is a 10+2 Diploma in any stream (Science/Commerce/Arts) with English as a subject. The minimum educational requirement is a 10+2 Diploma. Having said that, graduates or Diploma holders are typically preferred by air...The minimum eligibility criteria for working as an Air Hostess or Flight Steward is a 10+2 Diploma in any stream (Science/Commerce/Arts) with English as a subject. The minimum educational requirement is a 10+2 Diploma. Having said that, graduates or Diploma holders are typically preferred by airlines.

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Abhinav singh

Beginner-Level 2

3 days ago

It depends on in which airlines you want to pursue for.

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for In Flight Services (Cabin Crew) Training at Cirrus Aviation Academy.

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konatham Abhishek

Scholar-Level 16

3 days ago

3 Programmes. Get fees, placement reviews, exams required, cutoff & eligibility for all courses. Certificate (6 months).
Please visit the link: https://www.shiksha.com/college/cirrus-aviation-academy-yelahanaka-bangalore-49224/courses

I wear power glasses of -2 power. Am I eligible to be an air hostess?

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Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 14

4 days ago

Hello, The basic limit for eyesight acceptable is +/- 0.5 to +/- 1.5 for most of the airlines. If you have high power then I recommend you to go for Lasik surgery at reputed clinic/hospital and go for interview of cabin crew/air hostess after 6 months. If you found it useful then upvote or thumbs...Hello, The basic limit for eyesight acceptable is +/- 0.5 to +/- 1.5 for most of the airlines. If you have high power then I recommend you to go for Lasik surgery at reputed clinic/hospital and go for interview of cabin crew/air hostess after 6 months. If you found it useful then upvote or thumbs up my answer. Good luck.

I want to know about the fee structure at Narayan College for Airline Cabin Crew.

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Abhinav singh

Beginner-Level 2

6 days ago

Certificate in Airline Cabin Crew atNarayan College Bareilly
Duration1year (Full Time)
Total FeeINR 98,000

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Diploma in Professional Cabin Crew Services at Avalon Academy, Pune.

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Priya kumari

Contributor-Level 7

a week ago

You can get all the required information here : https://www.shiksha.com/college/avalon-academy-pune-29351/courses

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Piyush Tripathi

Guide-Level 12

a week ago

I want to know about the fee structure at VIMS Aviation for Diploma in Cabin Crew.

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Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 14

3 weeks ago

Hello!
Kindly see the link given below for information related to your query.
https://www.shiksha.com/college/vims-aviation-kochi-64793

Which course should I choose if I want to become an air hostess after completing 12th from commerce stream?

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Pankaj

Contributor-Level 9

3 weeks ago

Go with Diploma in Air Hostess after 12th.

I want to know about the fee structure at Tritya Air Hostess Academy for Certification Program in Ground Staff Services.

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Dev singh

Beginner-Level 2

a month ago

https://www.tritya-aha.com/certification-program-in-ground-staff-services.html
Here you can fill there query form and get all the necessary information needed by you.

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Certificate in Cabin Crew at Star Fly Aviation Academy.

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Pankaj

Contributor-Level 9

a month ago

It is around 30000 to 50000 INR.

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for the Certificate in Air Hostess / Cabin Crew at Tritya Air Hostess Academy.

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konatham Abhishek

Scholar-Level 16

2 months ago

Air hostess training can be taken up at three levels; as certificate courses, as diploma courses, and as degree courses.
Please visit link: https://www.shiksha.com/aviation/cabin-crew-air-hostess-chp
Thank you

Can I know do we get 100% placement in cabin crew. If we get admission to taha after studying for 12 months?

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Divya vani

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

The purser is in charge of the cabin crew, in a specific section of a larger aircraft, or the whole aircraft itself (if the purser is the highest ranking). On board a larger aircraft, pursers assist the chief purser in managing the cabin. Colleges in India offer Air Hostess courses:Rajiv Gandhi M...The purser is in charge of the cabin crew, in a specific section of a larger aircraft, or the whole aircraft itself (if the purser is the highest ranking). On board a larger aircraft, pursers assist the chief purser in managing the cabin. Colleges in India offer Air Hostess courses:
Rajiv Gandhi Memorial College of Aeronautics, Jaipur. Air Hostess Academy, Pune. Avalon Academy, Dehradun. Air Hostess Academy, Delhi. Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training, Delhi. Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training, Mumbai. Universal Airhostess Academy, Chennai.

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Payal Kumari

Beginner-Level 4

2 months ago

No institute will give you 100% placement. It' depends on your studies and interview skills. They only provide Certificate.

I want to become an air hostess. Can I use eye lenses?

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Aryaa mishra

Beginner-Level 4

2 months ago

Well, the answer is yes. Yes, you can become an air hostess with contact lenses but also keep in mind that your eyesight should be not very weak since in some cases if you are not wearing your contact lenses you can still see things.

I want to know about the cabin crew fee structure?

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Divya vani

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

The course fee is between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1,50,000 depending on the course and the institute. But for becoming an air hostess, one has to work towards getting selected by an airline, they give free training with stipend making the course even more economical to learn. Please visit link: https://...The course fee is between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1,50,000 depending on the course and the institute. But for becoming an air hostess, one has to work towards getting selected by an airline, they give free training with stipend making the course even more economical to learn. Please visit link: https://www.shiksha.com/aviation/cabin-crew-air-hostess-chp.

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Diploma in Air Cabin Crew and Airport Ground handling at Fly Air Aviation Academy.

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Divya vani

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

The minimum qualification required to become a Flight Steward & Cabin Crew is Intermediate or graduation. There are various institutes in India offers diploma course after 12th in the field of Aviation. Some of the airlines also provide 3 to 6 month training.
Please check official website

I am 23 years old with 152 cm height, is my height acceptable for cabin crew international flights?

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Rishav Verma

Beginner-Level 4

2 months ago

No, You can't because a Minimum of 155cm height is needed.

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Shivang agarwal

Contributor-Level 9

2 months ago

No sorry dear correct height required is 155 cm so you are not eligible for it.

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