Cabin crew

Alternative titles for this job include Flight attendant, air steward, air stewardess

Air cabin crew help make sure that airline passengers have a comfortable, safe and pleasant flight.

Average salary (a year)

£12,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

30 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home

How to become cabin crew

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could do a college course like a Level 2 Certificate in Air Cabin Crew or study a cabin crew module as part of a broader travel and tourism course.

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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You could start by doing a cabin crew advanced apprenticeship.

This will usually take one year to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct application

You could apply directly to airlines for a cabin crew job. Entry requirements vary but good customer service skills will be expected.

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Career tips

Some airlines and private providers run 2-day cabin crew courses, which may help your chances of getting a job.

Further information

You'll find details about working as air cabin crew from Careers That Move.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills for working with passengers
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding for dealing with customers’ needs
  • a desire to help people and a friendly manner
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

Usually you'll also be expected to:

  • have a smart appearance
  • have a valid passport with no restrictions for the countries the airline travels to
  • live within 90 minutes of your base

Many airlines also ask that you're able to swim up to 25 metres.

There are rules about height and weight - these vary between airlines. As a general guide, most look for people between 5ft 2in (157cm) and 6ft 2in (188cm) with weight in proportion to height.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Before a flight you could be:

  • taking part in a meeting about the flight and its schedule
  • checking that there are enough supplies on the plane and that emergency equipment is working properly
  • greeting passengers
  • demonstrating emergency equipment and procedures

During a flight you might be:

  • making sure passengers are comfortable
  • serving food and drinks, and selling duty-free items
  • making announcements
  • reassuring passengers in the event of an emergency, and making sure they follow safety procedures

At the end of a flight you'll often be:

  • making sure passengers leave the plane safely
  • writing a flight report, including details about any unusual incidents
  • adding up and recording food and drink orders, and duty-free sales

Working environment

You could work on an aircraft.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and cramped.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to cabin crew supervisor or a senior air cabin crew role.

You could also work in a ground-based role like cabin crew training, recruitment, passenger services, marketing or sales.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for cabin crew right now.

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Courses In England

C & G Level 2 Diploma In Air Cabin Crew

  • Start date: 14 September 2020
  • Location: Weybridge

Level 2 Diploma in Air Cabin Crewing

  • Provider: East Sussex College
  • Start date: 07 September 2020
  • Location: Hastings,

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