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Air cabin crew: Employers and vacancy sources

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Airlines operate on a chartered or scheduled basis, with some operating a mixture of both. Chartered flights usually run during the summer and/or skiing seasons to the most popular tourist destinations, whereas scheduled flights operate at regular times all year round and go to a wider range of destinations.

Typical employers include large and medium-sized British airlines and international carriers. For a list of member, passenger and cargo airlines, consisting of around 240 airlines in over 115 countries see International Air Transportation Association (IATA) . Individual airports also usually have a list of the airlines and tour operators operating from their airport on their website.

Temporary seasonal opportunities may be available through airlines and tour operators to cover the peak summer period (May to October).

Permanent contracts are rare and competition for them is fierce; it may take several years of seasonal work before cabin crew can apply for a permanent contract.

Business and corporate jet companies also hire cabin crew, sometimes for VVIP positions for their prestigious clients.

Sources of vacancies

Speculative approaches to airlines are also common. Research the airline you are interested in thoroughly and target your application accordingly.

Recruitment agencies rarely handle vacancies.

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Written by Jon Milnthorpe, AGCAS writer
March 2014

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