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How to Become an Air Hostess? Qualification, Course & Training, Jobs, Salary Details

Air hostess is one of the high profile professions in India desired by many young graduates. Air hostess profession is like a dream come true for young girls.

In this profession you not only get good pay career travel lovers  but you meet different people from around the world, you get to see different locations, you get chance to meet celebrities, business tycoons and also learn a lot.

Air Hostess job seems as an easy job but she has many responsibilities at the plane and it’s not an easy job. She has to greet every passenger, coordinate with security, make air travel comfortable of the passenger, to guide passenger during their seat settlement and much more. Also Air Hostess has to handle some difficult passenger and remain patient and calm.

Mostly women choose the career of air hostess but those men who choose the career are called ‘Stewards’.

An Air Hostess can be later on promoted as Senior Flight Attendant and then Head Attendant. Air Hostess has an average career span of eight to ten years, later she can move to the ground duties which include the job of a Check Hostess, training of air hostess, Ground hostess or work with the management level.

To get a job as an Air Hostess your personality is more important than the education.

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Air Hostess Qualification/Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for an Air Hostess can be divided into four categories.

1. Educational Qualification for Air Hostess Course

The minimum educational qualification to pursue Air Hostess course is 10+2. This is one of the exquisite course to pursue post-HSC. However, if you are going for PG Air Hostess courses then the minimum qualification would be graduation.

Although there are academies which are also offering a course for candidates who are just 10th passed but you should not join them because it is better to join after you have completed your 10+2.

Moreover, you must know Hindi, English and any other foreign language.

2. Age and Marital Status

Age limit usually depends upon the policy of a particular Institute. Normally academies prefer candidates within age group of 17 years and 26 years.

Marital Status also depends upon the policy of a given academy. Although they prefer unmarried girls but some institutes allow married women also.

3. Physical Standards

Air Hostess jobs are all about behavior and physical appearance. In next section we will talk about behavioral skills but here we look at some of the physical standards required by institutes.

Minimum Height required must be 5.2” or 157 cm. Weight of the candidate must be in proportion to her Height. Skin complexion does matter and it must fair to clear complexion. Physical fit and attractive physique.

4. Medical Condition

Just like physical standards Air Hostess jobs require medical standards too.

A candidate must not have a history of mental illness. Eye sight requirement is 6/9. Few airlines can give some concession. You should not be suffering from any major disease.

So these were all kinds of qualification needed for becoming an Air Hostess.

Behavioral Skills Required

Just usual qualifications like educational, physical or medical is not enough for becoming an Air Hostess. You need more than that. This job expects candidates to have certain behavioral skills that reflects her personality.

Pleasing Personality: Good appearance as well as pleasant voice is must. You must be friendly to the passengers on board. A friendly outgoing personality is what makes an Air Hostess.

Good Communication Skills: You must be able to communicate with the travelers and help them out if they need anything. Improved Good communication skills are very important to convince passengers. Here language proficiency is must.

Presence of Mind: If there is an emergency landing, then Air Hostess has to use her brain and give all the required instructions to the naïve passengers on boards. They have to show great presence of mind in any such eventualities.

Team Work: You have to work with entire cabin crew. Usually a cabin crew in a domestic flight consists of over 12 – 14 members. Hence you have to work in tandem.

Ready Work for Long Hours: Flight delays are very normal and hence sometimes you have to put an extra effort. At least 3 to 4 hours extra if a flight is late due to weather or some other reasons.

Positive Attitude: Finally, a positive attitude that yes you can do the job is needed.


Each Airline company conducts examination for recruiting Air Hostesses. Usually an entire selection process can be divided into 3 stages.

Written Examination: Written exam tests your aptitude and reasoning. The exam pattern is quite similar to other competitive exams where they ask multiple type objective questions.

So to clear the written exam you can prepare just like candidates prepare for other competitive exams.

Group Dynamics or GD: Second stage is Group Discussion where you will be tested for your presence of mind, communication skills, team work, leadership quality, your attitude etc.So,you should be well prepared for group discussion.

Interview: Third and final round is one on one interview. Here the company will judge you for your overall personality. If selected, then the company will train you for next six months.

Airhostess Courses

If you are serious about pursuing your career as an Air Hostess, then you must join for a course depending upon your educational qualification.

There are three types of courses.

Certificate Courses: Certification courses are for 10+2 candidates. Usually the duration of a course is 6 months to 1 Year but few fast track certificate courses can be just 3 months long.

Here is the list of certificate courses.

  • Aviation Management and Hospitality
  • Air Hostess Management
  • Aviation Customer Service
  • Air Hostess Training
  • Cabin Crew/Flight Attendant
  • Airlines Hospitality etc.…

Diploma Courses

Diploma courses can also be pursued after 10+2. PG Diploma courses can be pursued only after graduation.

The duration of the course is same as certificate course.

  •  Diploma in Air Hostess Training
  •  Diploma in Aviation and Hospitality Management
  •  Diploma in Hospitality and Travel Management
  •  Diploma in Cabin Crew/Flight Attendant Training

Certificate and Diploma course are crafted and designed by individual institutes.

Degree Courses

Degree courses are the most important course out of all three. The duration of the course is 3 years long and you have to be 10+2.

  • B.Sc. in Air Hostess Training
  • B.Sc. Aviation
  • Bachelor of Hospitality and Travel Management
  • Bachelor of Travel and Tourism Management

So these were list of all the courses.

I recommend you to join a 3 years long degree course.

Air hostess Training Institute/Academy

If you want to materialize your dream of becoming an Airhostess one day, then you have to join any one of the following institutes for a course.

1. Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess, New Delhi and Mumbai

2. Air Hostess Academy, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai

3. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial College of Aeronautics, Jaipur

4. Universal Aviation Academy, Chennai

5. Rai University, Ahmedabad.

There are some other institutes also but these 5 are the best.


Once you have completed your course successfully you are ready to get hired by following Airline companies in the country.

1. Air India

2. Indian Airlines

3. Alliance Air

4. Go Air

5. Jet Airways

6. Indigo

7. Gulf Air

8. Singapore Airlines

9. Lufthansa

10. Jet Airways

Air Hostess Salary

Salary of an Air Hostess depends upon the airline company she is working with.

Usually a company pays anything between Rs 20,000 and Rs 80,000 to their Air hostesses. Domestic airlines pay Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000 and international airlines can pay up to Rs 80,000 depending upon the experience. However, some of the luxurious international airliners can pay anything between Rs 100,000 to Rs 200,000 per month to their senior air hostesses.

Moreover, companies also provide additional allowances like medical insurance, retirement plan and discounts on flight tickets. So the pay package is really great for air hostess jobs.

Male Air Hostess

Men can also become part of the air crew just like women. This whole article applies to men in a same way as it applies to women.


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    • The main aim of Airhostess is to great passenger with wide SMILE 🙂
      I probably think you should have good shaped teeth..

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  • Thank you so much
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    • If we passed 12th what stream is reqired
      acctually i am just 13 and willing to explore this oppertunity

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      • hi friend,
        i m trying to join some english classes
        u should try it
        and for fees
        u should take loan then
        sorry i m not good advisor

      • Hi Monisha… This is Bhavika … you can do Air Hostess job… all you need is a good personality, by good personality i mean.. you should be pretty and smart enough to mingle with the passengers. If your not good in academics…. its okay .. that does’nt matter much, but you should be 12th pass.The only concern is … u should be good enough to speak english, hindi or any other foreign language (if you know any). If your english is not that great …you still have an option for practicing it or join some coaching classes which trains you in english vocabulary. Now, the problem is ..that you belong to a poor family. Its okay if you are poor … to make money …what u can do is… Part time jobs … There are many part time jobs available online can search it… some of with which i’m familier with are listed below:
        1. Baby sitting
        2. Working as a cleaner
        3. Taking tutions
        4. Selling old electronics
        5. Work as a sales girl
        And their are mony other part time jobs you can apply..
        Any problem, just email me.
        Hope it was helpful. ☺