Career Advancement of a Flight Attendant – Part II

There are alternative choices that branch off from these, as well. A flight attendant can become a flight attendant recruiter, traveling around to various cities all over an airline’s system and interviewing prospective flight attendants. This can be a very rewarding position, as you have within your power the ability to make dreams come true for other aspiring flight attendants who feel just as you once did.

This is one of the most pleasant of jobs for a flight attendant, as you are able to take on the responsibility of making hiring decisions and shaping your company by selecting the best people for the job. It can be a real challenge, however, because many people need to be interviewed before finding enough applicants who meet the lofty standards required by the airline. Another inside position into which a flight attendant can move is that of a flight attendant instructor. This position requires the instructor to live in or near the training facilities, usually located at the city that is the home base of the airline. The instructor teaches new flight attendant trainees how to become flight attendants, provides instruction on new aircraft the airline acquires, new procedures and yearly recurrent instruction given to all flight attendants.

This person must qualify to teach the standards mandated by the FAA, and is rigorously tested periodically in order to maintain the position. Familiarity with FAA rules, company policies, aircraft particular to their airline, and other safety and first aid issues is mandatory, as this information is subsequently taught to the flight attendants.

A flight attendant may also eventually move into other related areas of the company, such as catering supervisor, risk management, marketing or human resources. Most airlines provide tuition reimbursement, so a flight attendant can finish school while employed there, study another area, such as finance or systems analyst, and move into that area after graduation.

A flight attendant may even want to move to a position as an administrative assistant working for a company official. These ground positions can be especially appealing to flight attendants who have started families and no longer desire the rigors of daily out-of-town travel. This offers one the benefit of the “normal” routine of working during the day and being at home every night.

These are just a few of the possibilities you can consider when working for an airline. Depending on the airline for which you are employed, there may be other options as well. But whether you work as a flight attendant for many years or eventually go into another area, it is reassuring to know that your range of possibilities is extremely diverse, and the prospects are bright for career advancement

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Career Advancement of a Flight Attendant – Part I

When interviewing for a flight attendant job, it usually doesn’t occur to most applicants to plan what they will be doing in 5 or even 10 years, but consideration should be given to this subject from the very beginning, in order to develop an effective career path.

There are many avenues you can take once onboard an airline. Not everyone will want to deviate from flight attendant status; with the higher seniority afforded by lengthy tenure, some seasoned personnel are content to remain aloft their entire airline career. But there is work for the restless flight attendant within the company, and some of these positions can be done simultaneously while flying the line. This can benefit the employee by providing more variety, mental stimulation and a greater sense of accomplishment.

You can move into a supervisory mode after a few years on the job. Increased job familiarity and above average on-the-job performance affords many outlets to those who enjoy supervising and motivating others. For those who desire to move up the ranks in a linear fashion a typical sequence of progression can be:

**Senior or lead flight attendant – part of the inflight crew. This flight attendant is part of the required complement of flight attendants on each flight and is basically in charge of the other flight attendants and all matters pertaining to the cabin section of the aircraft.

The major duties of this flight attendant are to direct the pre-flight briefing, coordinate with the ground agent in boarding the aircraft, act as the liaison between the flight deck and cabin, check catering, make announcements, work the first class or forward part of the cabin and lead emergency operations if needed.

**Check flight attendant – conducts check rides for flight attendants onboard the aircraft. These check rides include I.O.E. (Initial Operating Experience), yearly re-testing and any subsequent periodic testing required by the FAA.

**Flight attendant supervisor – supervises a group of flight attendants within the base; there can be several if the base is large. This supervisor may also perform check rides if the airline does not have designated check flight attendants. The supervisor meets with the base manager and other supervisors to keep abreast with any changes for the base; they may also keep employee records and provide discipline and evaluation of their group of flight attendants.

**Base manager – takes charge of the entire flight attendant base. The base manager works with other airline managers to develop and keep abreast of any airline business that pertains to the inflight department.

**Manager or Vice President of Inflight – managing all the flight attendant bases throughout the system. This manager is basically in charge of all inflight activities and inflight managers to keep the department running smoothly and functioning in coordination with all other airline departments.



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Airport Code Training

What are airport codes?

Airport codes are 3-letter airport abbreviations created by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to facilitate efficient communication throughout the industry. Let’s face it, it’s a whole lot easier to describe Boston’s Logan Airport as BOS and New York’s John Fitzgerald Kennedy Airport as JFK.

Do flight attendants need to know these airport codes?

As a flight attendant, you’ll use these codes every day. You’ll need to know them for reading your own flight schedule, assisting passengers with their tickets, and for connections announcements. One of the first tests you’ll be given in new-hire training is the airport codes test. You’ll be required to know every airport code for every one of your airline’s destination cities. And there’s not much room for error; most airlines require you to score at least 90% to pass!

If you are not an Indian student then, check out our comprehensive international airport code and time zone training

Below given are the airport codes for all the airports in India, it is very useful in airline interviews which can give the interviewer an idea about the interest level that you have in acquiring an aviation career

City/Airport Country Airport Code
Agartala India IXA
Agra India AGR
Ahmedabad India AMD
Aizawl India AJL
Amritsar India ATQ
Aurangabad India IXU
Bagdogra India IXB
Bangalore India BLR
Bhavnagar India BHU
Bhopal India BHO
Bhubaneswar India BBI
Bhuj India BHJ
Bombay India BOM
Calcutta India CCU
Chandigarh India IXC
Chennai India MAA
Cochin India COK
Coimbatore India CJB
Delhi India DEL
Dibrugarn India DIB
Dimapur India DMU
Div India DIU
Gawahati India GAU
Goa India GOI
Gwalior India GWL
Hyderabad India HYD
Imphal India IMF
Indore India IDR
Jaipur India JAI
Jamnagar India JGA
Jodhpur India JDH
Jommu India IXJ
Jorhat India JRH
Khajuraho India HJR
Kolkata India CCU
Kozhikode India CCJ
Leh India IXL
Lucknow India LKO
Madurai India IXM
Mangalore India IXE
Mumbai India BOM
Nagpur India NAG
Patna India PAT
Porbandar India PBD
Port Blair India IXZ
Pune India PNQ
Puttaparthi India PUT
Rajkot India RAJ
Ranchi India IXR
Silchar India IXS
Srinagar India SXR
Tezpur India TEZ
Thiruvananthapuram India TRV
Tiruchirapally India TRZ
Tirupati India TIR
Vadodara India BDQ
Varanasi India VNS
Vishakhapatnam India VTZ

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Resume for Airline Job

A resume furnishes details for presenting yourself for a prospective job. It is a summary of your skills, accomplishments, experiences and education.

There is no standard format for preparing your resume. It should be designed in such a way to impress your prospective employer and to ensure the call for an interview. Apart from the basic categories, you can add on details to make it more impressive. Always make a rough resume with all the details before you finalize on the fair one. We can go through the basic categories, to help you to make a resume.

Name, Address and Telephone: One has to give his/her permanent address with phone number if any. If you have an e-mail address, include that too.

Objective: It should be brief and to the point. It must give the employer an idea about your work preferences and where you want to be in your career, in future.

For example:

Seeking a challenging position with opportunities for career advancement and learning.

To have a long career in the (particular field), gain further skills and attain the goal of the organisation aiming at mutual growth.

Profile: This category is optional but valuable. Here one should give an overall picture of his/her abilities and accomplishments. You must stress on your particular strengths.

Educational Qualification: Here one has to include your degree, specialisation, institutions attended, year of graduation, subsidiary subjects studied, and any special workshops, seminars, related courses or projects done. You can give your qualifications separately as academic and professional or technical if any.

Career Graph or Work Experience: One must give details regarding the place you have worked, the position you held, your responsibilities and achievements if any, duration of work etc. List the name of the organisation, give a brief description if you prefer and the place it’s located. Then give your work responsibilities with an emphasis on achievements- (work projects done, targets achieved etc.) and the dates or period you have served in the organisation.

Personal Profile: Your personal details like date of birth, permanent address and contact number, e-mail, passport details if any, hobbies, languages known etc.

References: References should be given with prior consent from the relevant people. This must include their name, address and phone number. It is not essential to give references in a resume. You can state that references can be furnished if needed.

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