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Jul 29

Flight Attendant Recruitment in the Asia Pacific Region

After a relatively quite 2014 the first half of this year has seen a dramatic increase in Flight Attendant recruitment in the Asia Pacific region. Led by Hong Kong powerhouse Cathay Pacific, the second half of 2015 is looking just as positive for both pilots and cabin crew recruitment. Read on to find out who’s recruiting flight attendants and where the jobs will be in the Asia-Pacific region.

Whilst in the pacific airlines such as Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand and Jetstar have all resumed their flight attendant recruitment it’s Cathay Pacific that continues to lead the way recruiting unprecedented numbers of both males and females into the role of cabin crew. With no sign of slowing down and with huge numbers of airframes being delivered between now and 2020 Cathay continues to be a great option for young hopeful’s looking to break into the industry and begin an exciting new career as flight attendant.

Cathay’s younger sibling Dragon Air and rival Hong Kong Airways are both in the market for fresh faced cabin crew.

Further south in Singapore, the national carrier backed Scoot continues to recruit local cabin crew for their expanding fleet of 787’s and growing list of exciting destinations.  All flight attendants recruited by Scoot are based at the airlines base of Singapore. As with any young expanding airline promotion through the ranks is expected to be swift but consummate with experience.

Jetstar Asia, the other Singapore based low cost carrier is currently advertising via their website for flight attendants to operate their expanding fleet of A320’s, whilst neighbouring Indonesian and Malaysian carriers Lion Air and AirAsia, with a combined order book of over 600 B737 and A320’s whilst having a strong preference for national employees will continue to recruit cabin crew into the foreseeable future.

With a recent stagnation in flight attendant employment, Australian and New Zealand carriers have awoken from their slumber to find a huge number of candidates on their hold file ready to take up their new role as jet setting flight attendants. Crew Hub has seen a large increase in their clients being offered interviews with both Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia whilst Jetstar New Zealand has recently advertised for expressions of interest from prospective flight attendants.

Qantas, the national carrier of Australia has seen a dramatic turnaround in their business and have recently been both advertising and recruiting flight attendants onto their long haul operations. New Qantas cabin crew tend to operate exclusively on the airlines flagship A380 operation flying to destinations such as Los Angeles, Dallas, Dubai and London.

“A word of advice” warns Sasha Robinson from Crew Hub, “No matter how qualified for the job you may be only the best prepared candidates will be offered positions”. With recent changes to recruitment procedures many highly qualified candidates are falling foul in their interview. “Most people are very good at what they do but when it comes to facing a twenty something year old HR graduate on the opposing side of the interview table they tend to struggle, that’s where we step in” says Sasha. “within two sessions our clients are fully prepared for their interviews and are armed with the necessary tools to tackle any question put to them by the panel”.

So, whilst the outlook continues to be bright for cabin crew recruitment in the Asia Pacific region the message is clear, when it comes to your career, preparation is the key to a successful interview and an exciting career as a flight attendant.

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