So, you have decided to become an Air hostess and are confused about which course to choose? Worry not! You are not the first to face this dilemma. Countless students every year go through this same problem. The cause of this problem is the availability of too much information not much clarity.
So, this is what we’re going to do today – Try to answer all your questions systematically and, hopefully, by the end of this blog post you’ll be able to make an informed decision.
So, let’s get cooking!
Now, Air Hostess is one of those few jobs which can be pursued just after passing the 10th grade, many people facing financial issues choose this path, and unless you are facing these issues, I’d not recommend you to take this course of action. It is known (I didn’t purposely quote the Dothraki – My Apologies) but it is known that all the major Airlines prefer Graduates possessing Diploma and Degrees related to the fields of Hospitality, Tourism, Aviation, and Travel.
First thing you need to know is that – there are three formats in which Air Hostess Training courses are available in India, namely:
- Certificate Course – You can take the certification course just after passing your 10+2 exam, the duration of this course is 6 to 12 months, but if time is an issue, you can do a fast track certification course which lasts for three
If you decide to pursue this course, you can get a host of different certifications featuring different service skills.
A list of the Certificate courses:
- Aviation and Hospitality Services Certification
- Travel, Hospitality and Customer Service Certification
- Night Rating Certification
- Aviation Management Certification
- Flight Purser Certification
- Air Hostess Certification
- Travel Management and Aviation Hospitality Certification
- Travel Management and International Airlines Certification
- Private Pilot Training Certification
- Commercial Pilot Training Certification
- Tourism and Air Ticketing Certification
- Airport Ground Management Certification
- Radio Flight Officer Certification
- Air RT Certification
- International Air Cargo Certification
- Certification Course in Fare Ticketing Virgin Atlantic
- GTMC Certifications
2. Diploma Course – Diploma courses are also an attractive option if you decide to become an air hostess after your 12th
The list of diploma courses:
- Diploma in Hospitality Management and Aviation
- Diploma in Air Hostess Training
- Diploma in Travel Management
- Diploma in Aviation Hospitality Travel Management
- Diploma in Professional Cabin Crew Services
- Diploma in Professional Ground Staff Services
- Diploma in Customer Care and Airport Management
- Diploma in Airlines Management
- Diploma in Airlines and Travel Management
- Diploma in Ground handling And Cargo Management
- Diploma in Customer Service, Hospitality and Travel
- Diploma in Documentation and Air Cargo Practices
- Diploma in Airport Ground Staff Training with On-job Training
- Degree Course – This is also an option and lets me tell you that most of the big airline companies give preference to candidates with a Degree. The Degree course has a duration of 3 years and can be pursued after the 12th exam (In any stream).
- BBAin Aviation
- MBAin Aviation
- Post Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Services and Aviation
- Post Graduate Diploma in Airport Ground Services
- Post Graduate Diploma In Customer Service, Aviation, Hospitality, and Travel
All in all, the training you’ll go through would mostly focus on areas such as Management, Emergency management, Hospitality management, First-Aid, Navigation, and the fundamental knowledge of Aircraft.
Several Air Hostess Training Institutes offer these courses, but the fees charged by most of them vary according to the quality, length, and brand of the Institute.
The Learning Experience:
The time you will spend in the Training Institute will elevate your learning experience by including both classroom learning as well as practical In-flight experiences. You will make friends for a lifetime during this stint, and you should try to gain as much knowledge as you can from this stint.
Some institutes are known to take their students abroad to immerse them in the culture of other countries such as APT which has Thailand immersion program, where the students of the institute are introduced to their counterparts from other countries – to start a process of peer learning.
Communication – Communication skills are very critical for an Air Hostess; they need to make sure that they communicate with their clients and solve their queries. Candidates are taught interactively, so it becomes easier for them to incorporate the language in their day to day lives. You’ll learn how to respond to different types of situations.
Medical Skills – You will also be taught emergency First-Aid so that you can handle any emergency that takes place in the flight.
Aircraft knowledge – It’s no secret that in order to work in the Aviation Sector, you should have a complete understanding of Aircraft and how they should be operated. Aircraft management is a big part of the Air Hostess training course and usually takes up a large portion of the course curriculum.
Etiquette – Air Hostesses go through a detailed training of etiquette in the institutes. You’ll be taught, how to maintain your body posture, how to do makeup and hair. And how to keep your composure during emergencies.
Group Discussions – As the placement season starts approaching, Air Hostess Academies begin with the Group Discussion preparation. Here you’ll be continuously updated about current affairs, international events, and will be taught how to improve your listening skills. The goal of Group discussions are to check your language proficiency, presence of mind, attitude and values.
Mock Interviews – Mock interviews start just after the end of Group Discussion sessions; these interviews are essential and test your overall knowledge and personality. You should sit for all the interview sessions arranged at the training institute and try to make sure that you get enough practice to handle a real interview.
- You can apply to work in several world-class airlines through the Training Academy Placement Process.
- After screening your resume, various Airlines then would conduct a screening process to measure your weight and height.
- Then an entrance exam is conducted, mainly testing the candidate’s aptitude and language skills.
- If you pass the entrance exam, you’d be required to sit for the final interview, here the interviewers will try to assess your language fluency, posture, presence of mind, voice, personality, and reaction to adverse situations.
- Once selected, you’ll be required to go through a training process for six months.
Here is a list of Airlines – most preferred by the candidates:
- Indian Airlines
- Air India
- Alliance Air.
- Sahara India
- Jet Airways
- Go Air
- British Airways
- Qantas Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Gulf Air
- Singapore Airlines
- United Air
- Cathay Pacific
- Mahindra & Mahindra
Now, like any other high paying job, not everyone is eligible to be an Air Hostess, here is a detailed list of qualification requirements of different Airlines in India:
- Age – Most of the Airlines prefer candidates in the age range of 17 to 26
- Height – The minimum height requirement is 157cm for women and 170cm for men
- Weight – The Weight of the candidates should be proportionate to their height. Most of the Airlines prefer candidates who are physically fit
- EyeSight – The candidates are expected to have healthy eyesight of 6/6 uncorrected in both eyes
- Language – Candidates are supposed to be fluent in English and Hindi, and candidates with proficiency in many languages are given a preference
- Complexion – The Job of an Air Hostess is a very glamorous one, and as a result Airlines generally prefer candidates with clear
- Medical Necessity – Candidates should not have any severe medical conditions which might hamper their ability to perform their day to day work
- Paperwork – All the candidates applying for the job of Air Hostess should have a valid passport
Now that you have a detailed understanding of the Air Hostess Courses – I hope you’ll make the most appropriate decision keeping all the necessary parameters in check. In the meantime, you can start preparing by yourself – start going through the newspaper daily, improve your fluency by conversing with your friends and family in English and try to meet new people, believe me, it is going to do wonders for your preparation process.