Friday 20 July 2018

Aer Lingus is hiring cabin crew - here's how to apply and what you could earn

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Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Fancy a high-flying career in the skies? A job where no two days are the same?

Aer Lingus is rapidly expanding its transatlantic and short haul-routes, this week announcing its latest direct service from Dublin to Philadelphia.

And it needs new flight attendants for summer 2018.

No previous cabin crew experience is strictly required, but applicants do need to fulfill several essential criteria. They should:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be eligible to live and work in the Republic of Ireland
  • Be fluent in spoken and written English
  • Hold a valid EEA passport allowing worldwide travel
  • Have 12 months experience in customer service/sales roles
  • Have no tattoos/visible piercings that are visible in uniform
  • Be flexible to work shifts, unsociable hours, weekends etc.

A second European language is listed as a desirable criteria, as is previous cabin crew experience and an EASA Attestation of Initial Safety Training.

Additional requirements for candidates include:

May 2017. Some of Aer Lingus's 200 new cabin crew recruits in summer 2017. Picture Jason Clarke
May 2017. Some of Aer Lingus's 200 new cabin crew recruits in summer 2017. Picture Jason Clarke
May 2017. New Aer Lingus cabin crew recruits. Picture Jason Clarke
May 2017. New Aer Lingus cabin crew recruits. Picture Jason Clarke
  • A verifiable five-year background check
  • Details of three contactable referees
  • Between 5‘2"- 6‘2" in height, with weight-height in proportion
  • Ability to reach up to 6‘3"
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time (at least four hours)
  • Ability to lift objects up to 18kgs and pull a beverage cart of 100kgs
  • Ability to swim 25m unaided and tread water for at least one minute
  • Complete a medical questionnaire and medical examination
  • Visual acuity of 6/9 (aided or unaided)

It helps to be a great communicator, team player, friendly, approachable, self-motivated, flexible and both brand and commercially aware, the airline says.

Successful candidates will attend a five-week, pre-selection cabin crew training course at Aer Lingus’s Training Academy in Dublin Airport next April, 2018.

Aer Lingus cabin crew can earn a potential €1,700 to €1,900 per month in take home pay, based on the average summer season, the airline says.

In recent months, Ryanair has launched a similar recruitment drive for cabin crew in Ireland (it has an open day on October 17).

May 2017. New Aer Lingus cabin crew recruits. Picture Jason Clarke
May 2017. New Aer Lingus cabin crew recruits. Picture Jason Clarke
May 2017. New Aer Lingus cabin crew recruits. Picture Jason Clarke
May 2017. Some of Aer Lingus's 200 new cabin crew recruits in summer 2017. Picture Jason Clarke

While Ryanair's recruitment partners charge for training, however, Aer Lingus pays its trainees a training salary, "so you can earn as you train".

Qualified cabin crew can fly to over 100 destinations. The closing date for applications (careers.aerlingus.com) is October 16.

A recruitment drive for pilots will begin on the same date.

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