Becoming a cabin crew and donning a uniform entails a huge primary responsibility of ensuring the safety and comfort of passengers. In a recent interview with Philippine Airlines flight steward Amor Maximo, he gives us very important lessons and tips on what you have to develop and learn to become an effective cabin crew who would be able to deliver the job beyond expectations. Here they are:
It is definitely the best feeling seeing your own picture in uniform on our social media pages one day after months or years looking at the pictures of others! Moreso, nothing beats the fulfillment and happiness of accomplishing what was once a dream, to be a flight attendant! We compiled a few pictures of photographer Gary Sato and used them as a source of inspiration and motivation for all our cabin crew aspirants!
It is indeed a tough journey to become a cabin crew. Aside from the high standards airlines do have, it is a very competitive environment. During cabin crew recruitment days, more than a thousand applies but only about less than 5% will be taken in. The recruitment and training process are indeed tough that it is very hard to get in and many tend to give-up after a rejection.
The Skytrax World Airline Awards 2019 are now out and we are pleased to announce that Philippine Airlines cabin crew was recognized as the 11th World Best Cabin Crew! Also, Philippine Airlines was proclaimed as the World's Most Improved Airline! At the same time, Philippine Airlines was also recertified as a 4-star airline!
Behind all the glitz and glamour others see, a flight attendants job entails a lot of sacrifice and commitment. As safety professionals in the sky, their job entails flying their passengers from point A to point B safely in one piece. Yes travelling the world and being paid to travel is simply a benefit of the job, just like other jobs with high salaries. Behind all those benefits flight attendants receive is a job and lifestyle where even their own lives hang on the balance.
When we dream of becoming a cabin crew, we dream of a long term career and lifestyle. Of course in the start, the feeling is exciting but later on, we sometimes feel "what is next". The best way to counter this is to always look into not just being a "standard" cabin crew, but to be an exceptional one, one that seeks excellence! Here, Philippine Airlines flight steward and motivational speaker Amor Maximo talks about what are the elements of an exceptional cabin crew.
One of the biggest mistake made by cabin crew aspirants during an interview is not being aware that they are already being observed by the recruiters the moment they step into the room or even into the building. Sometimes even before you talk during your cabin crew interview, basically recruiters already know if they will get you or not. Hence, every second counts and everything you do the moment you enter will affect your chance or getting in the airline or not.
Written by Mond Ortiz
The view on top a mountain is indeed very beautiful. When you make it to the top, it feels like you own the world. You appreciate God's creation even more. You savor the moment of being at the peak of a mountain when before, you would just look up that peak from the ground. This is what the journey of becoming a cabin crew is. The view from 40,000ft is amazing but to get inside that aircraft in a uniform will mean a lot of hardship, pain, sacrifice, dedication, and focus.
As we celebrate World Cabin Crew Day, we give you some facts which are unknown to many but we feel they have to be informed about these. A certain cabin crew named Shafid Shah posted this on his Instagram and we feel that all these are so spot on! So we now give you some unknown facts about your flight attendants as written by Shafid Shah (Instagram account @iamshafied).
Today is a special day for the reason why we exist, our cabin crew! Today, May 31, the world celebrates International Cabin Crew Day or World Flight Attendants Day! So of you are taking a flight today, please do greet your flight attendant a Happy Flight Attendant Day! This will make them happy as you recognize them for their efforts and dedication to ensure your safety when you fly.
Philippine Airlines is still in very much need of more cabin crew to support its expansion like additional flights and more aircraft, hence, they are still hiring more and more flight attendants and stewards. We usually get a lot of questions and as much as possible, we try not to answer them because only PAL will be able to answer such. Now, we will do our best to answer SOME of these questions but we do recommend that you still forward your questions to PAL.
Let us accept the fact that many are still unaware about the job and life of a cabin crew. How do we know? It is pretty much obvious with the questions they ask some cabin crew members. So here, we ask some of our flight attendants what are the most common questions their relatives or friends ask after learning that they are a cabin crew. We enumerate the most common ones here.
A blog post is now circulating claiming that anyone can apply in the airlines for as long as you are a high school or senior K-12 high school graduate. Allow us to be the one to tell you that this is NOT true for all airlines. Yes, some airlines do accept college undergraduates or those who were not able to complete college, but there are some who do not.
This is one question where most cabin crew applicants fail to answer properly, the question "why do you want to be a flight attendant". So we now ask you, why do you want to be a flight attendant? We can guess that most will answer with a "I want to explore new places" or "I want to travel the world" or "I want to make my family travel for free." Yes? Well did you know that that answer will cost you your chance to be a cabin crew?
The average mortality rate among cabin crew applicants worldwide is 90% up, or only less than 10% are able to make the cabin crew recruitment or interview day for various reasons. Yes, even making it through the cabin crew interview and assessment day is a huge challenge by itself brought by the stringent and high standards the airlines do impose.
It must have been a normal day for 22-year old Aeroflot flight steward Maxim Moiseyev last May 5 as he boarded his aircraft for flight SU1492 utilizing a Sukhoi Superjet 100. Little did he know that that day, he would be hailed a hero, posthumously! A few minutes after take-off, the Russian jet was struck by lightning which cost some problems. It had to return back to Sheremetyevo International Airport at the Russian Capital of Moscow.
At most times, many think of flight attendants as one who merely serve chicken or beef, with some even saying "oh, she's just a flight attendant". Needless to say, these people tend to overlook their capabilities, until a turn of event happens, an unfornate emergency situation where a hundred lives are placed at risk, and this is where a true essence of a flight attendant really shines.
Contributed by Mond Ortiz
Every flight attendant out there will tell you that their journey in earning their wings was never an easy one, in fact, some would describe it as going through a needle hole. Those who say that it is easy to become a flight attendant never experienced becoming one. It's just like taking driving lessons from someone who doesn't know how to drive. Airlines do have very high expectations from their flight attendants that there is no such thing as lowering their standards.
We have been attending cabin crew training, enjoying conversations with numerous flight attendants, and talking to cabin crew trainers and airline management about the job of being a cabin crew. We don't just research on Google and come up with our own conclusions, we really go to the source in order to provide you the most accurate information as much as possible, especially when it comes to educating people about cabin crew members.
Written by Mond Ortiz
I have met and personally interacted with a lot of senior and junior cabin crew. I have hanged out with quite a number of them after work and all I can say is that they are all wonderful people. I get to share short conversations with them, a few bottles of our favorite beers, and a lot of laughter. Though more often I would hang with seniors, perhaps because my age is closer to theirs, I too had a lot of moments with junior cabin crew members.
Allow us to start with a quote by our very own Mond Ortiz:
"To be a flight attendant is not for the weak. It is for brave souls, the type who were designed to be heroes, the type who are ready to dedicate their lives for others."
Every April 9, the Philippines celebrates "Araw ng Kagitingan" or "Day of Valor". It is a day where we remember and commemorate the the heroism of the Filipino and American soldiers during the fall of Bataan to the Japanese during World War II. Despite their surrender, we celebrate the bravery and fearlessness of these soldiers in the face of defeat. It is a day where we celebrate gallantry and heroism.
There are indeed a lot of people who dream to be flight attendants and flight stewards. During the last Philippine Air Asia cabin crew recruitment event, around 1,200 applied but only around 50 were taken in. That's is less than 5% of the total number of applicants. In other airlines, the ratio is even down to 5:100 meaning, only 5 are taken in by the airline to be cabin crew out of 100. Why is it so hard to become a flight attendant?
Yesterday, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed near Addis Abba in Ethiopia, killing 149 passengers and 8 crew members. Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed 6 minutes shortly after take-off, very similar to what happened to Lion Air 610, where all passengers and crew members lost their lives. No matter how safe they say it is, but being inside an airplane, a life support system flying at 40,000ft is still very risky and anything can happen.
Written by F/A Vanessa Peronilla
Aspiring Flight Attendants, during impact interviews, only have 6-8 seconds to make a good first impression. Even without uttering a single word, the interviewer is already sizing up the candidate. Here is how to make it through the impact interview while keeping the 3Ps in mind.
Passing the cabin crew physical requirements is simply not enough. If you want to be a cabin crew, you have to have the traits and character of one. There are a lot of people who are tall, have clear skin, they have the correct weight to height ratio, and are fit, but yet, they do not pass the airline screening process for flight attendants. Hence, it is time to examine ourselves and see how "cabin crewable" are we, on top of the physical requirements.