Many dream to be a Philippine Airlines flight attendant. We have asked quite a number of aspiring cabin crew what their first airline choice is and most said "Philippine Airlines". Reasons behind why being a PAL flight attendant is one of the most coveted jobs in the country are it's destination/network, being based in the Philippines, the prestige of flying the country's premier flag carrier, and of course, the benefits.
To all our present PAL cabin crew, consider yourselves very lucky as you are living the dream of countless of aspiring Filipino cabin crew who are working hard to be in your shoes one day.
To all our aspiring PAL cabin crew, before anything else, it is best to know what Philippine Airlines look for in a candidate in order to qualify to become their cabin crew. We were able to consult with one of PAL's senior inflight trainer Mr. Erik Portus on what it takes to make it to earning your PAL wings one day, and here's what the airline will look for in a candidate:
Personality - You need to have a very pleasant personality. You need to be someone who smiles all the time and who has a positive aura. You have to also be approachable. Seems they got no room for people with a negative mindset.
Character - Your integrity counts a lot. In fact, you will need to go through an integrity test before actual training. You also have to embody the PAL values shown below.
Values - Being the heart of the Filipino, you have to embody the traits of being "magaling", "magalang", "maalaga", "maaasahan", and "malambing", otherwise known as the 5 Ms.
Attitude - You have to be one person who is always open to learning new things. You have to be willing to be trained, to accept constructive criticisms in a positive manner, and you should be able to cope with stress easily.
Social and Interpersonal Skills - You have to be a sociable person and you have to be one who puts your customer's needs first. You have to be able to adapt to different types of personalities also.
Communication Skills - You must have a good command of the English and Filipino language, both spoken and written. Your passengers have to understand what you are saying. Proficiency in other dialects and language is definitely a plus too!
The other necessary skills needed will be taught to you during training.
So if you have dreams of becoming a Philippine Airlines flight attendant one day, you now know what they look for in a cabin crew.