British Airways has once again opened up cabin crew recruitment for its Mixed Fleet flight attendants based at London Heathrow. Applications are being accepted now, with the deadline set for 8th March 2017. Do you have what it takes to fly, to serve?
In 2016, the airline received 31,000 applications for just 2,000 roles so the competition is set to be incredibly tough for this most sought after of roles. A few weeks ago, British Airways told Paddle Your Own Kanoo that 1,000 successful candidates were expecting to take part in training until the end of March. It looks like recruiters want to keep the momentum going with this new application process.
British Airways is looking for people that can “deliver world-class service excellence” and “act as a British Airways role model to crew, colleagues and customers.”
Along with being passionate about customer service, experience in dealing with challenging situations, excellent team working and communication skills and a respect for other cultures you’ll need to meet these essential criteria:
- At least 18 years of age
- The unrestricted right to live and work in the UK
- Medically fit
- Have the ability to obtain a U.S. visa and pass a Criminal Conviction check
- Able to comply with image and uniform guidelines
And when it comes to uniform standards, British Airways sets the bar very high. You can’t have any visible tattoos or body piercings – either on the body or through the uniform.
A starting salary is being advertised of £21,000 and £25,000 per year which is made up of a base salary of £12,747 together with hourly flying pay, bonuses and incentive payments and commission from inflight sales. You’ll also receive 30 days of annual leave per year.
However, the Mixed Fleet cabin crew salary isn’t without its controversies. Flight attendants are set to start a 7-day strike on 3rd March over what union bosses call “poverty pay”. The dispute between some Mixed Fleet cabin crew and airline bosses has seen serving flight attendants claim that they only earn £16,000 – £18,000 per year.
If you’d like to learn more about the role and see all of the criteria you can visit the British Airways career website, here.
You’ll be expected to submit an updated resume/CV and then complete a pre-screening assessment that includes maths and numeracy skills.
Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.