My subjects in school are accountancy, economics, commerce and English. I want to be an air hostess. Are these subjects fine for the job, or should I opt for any other subject? What qualifications do I need? I am a science student. I wish to become an air hostess after school. Does the training begin at graduation level? Please tell me about the exact procedure and relevant courses.
While Air India specifies that candidates should have done a diploma course in hotel management and catering from a recognized institute, there are foreign airlines like KLM and Lufthansa which are known to have employed air hostesses who have graduated in English! What is required is poise, confidence, a pleasing personality and good communication skills.
Normally, once an airhostess has joined an airline, she undergoes training on aspects of flight safety (very few people know that is an important part of her duties), aviation terminology, travel regulations, passenger handling, cuisine, etc. Speech and voice training and grooming are also part of the course. However, there are a number of institutes that are imparting training to aspiring air hostesses. Among the leading institutes are:
- Air Hostess Academy (AHA), C-33, 2nd Floor, Amar Colony Market, Lajpat Nagar-IV, New Delhi
- Flyers Inc, 33, Jangpura Road, New Delhi 110014
- Pacific Airways, Pocket GH-6/35, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi 110087
- Free Bird Aviation & Management Services, TC-41/2454 Mancaud, Thiruvananthapuram-9 Kerala.
Most of these institutes impart training right after class XII.
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