Step Fourteen – Managing relationships with colleagues

Step Fourteen – Managing relationships with colleagues

Following on from our article from last month, Step Thirteen – Managing Conflict as Cabin Crew, this month we’re focusing on how to deal with relationships with your fellow crew-members.

As Cabin Crew, you’ll work with a wide range of colleagues, and on the majority of flights will find yourself working with a different set of crew, and people who you might not have met before.

Unfortunately, it’s likely that sooner or later you’ll come across someone who you don’t quite gel with. This is perfectly OK! However, despite your feelings, you have to learn to stay professional, and push personal opinions to the side for the duration of your flight.


The importance of communication

Your main purpose as crew is to ensure the safety of your passengers during their flight. To do this you need to work together as a team, and ensure good communication at all times – otherwise things can escalate quickly and badly in an emergency.

Some people are naturally more abrasive to work with than others. However, this is not the time to take it personally, and react in kind to their behaviour. It’s hard, but unless their behaviour is unacceptably rude or aggressive towards you, or it is jeopardising the safety of the flight, then stay calm, and remain civil.

This is often more difficult than it sounds! But try not to let your agitation get the upper hand.

Again, remember as Cabin Crew that you’re the ‘face’ of the airline – and it’s part of your responsibilities to remain professional at all times, whether you’re dealing with customers or colleagues. 


Dealing with difficult colleagues

While it’s important to get on with your duties on the flight, and make sure procedure is followed, you can still assess the situation with an awkward team member, and bring to the attention of the senior crew member or intervene if:

  • Your colleague is doing something that is against protocol.
  • Your colleague is refusing to carry out their assigned duties. 
  • Your colleague is being abusive, unprofessional or using inappropriate or offensive language.
  • Your colleague is acting against the diversity commitment of your airline.


If you feel like you are being bullied or discriminated against yourself, this is NOT acceptable.

You are within your rights to calmly, discreetly and professionally talk to your colleague about the situation if you feel it will help. However, if it could cause issues or disruption whilst in the air it may be better to talk to a senior crew member or someone with more experience.


Personality clashes

Sometimes a situation with a colleague may not affect the quality of service on the flight, but may make you feel anxious or irritated.

Maybe you feel like you’re being left out as the rest of the crew have worked together before. Or that a more experienced crew-member is talking down to you.

It’s difficult, particularly when you’re just starting out in your Cabin Crew career. But rise above it – for every person you work with you that you don’t get along with you’ll meet many that you will!

A fellow member of crew might seem to be in a bad mood, and not very forthcoming, but remember it’s most likely nothing to do with you – some people are able to hide their emotions better than others when they’re dealing with difficulties in their personal lives.

We all want to be liked and to be popular. But you simply won’t get on swimmingly with every single person you meet – that’s life! Just stay calm, speak in a friendly, polite tone and don’t take it personally.


Teamwork problems

You may not be the only one on the flight that day finding a particular crew member difficult! Sometimes in a team situation you find yourself with a co-worker who just doesn’t seem to want to pull their weight!

When a team member doesn’t do their share, or displays a bad attitude, there’s a risk this can drag down the morale and productivity of the rest of the team, leading to poor team efficiency, lower levels of commitment, and less focus.

In these cases ignoring the issue can make things worse, as other members of the team get increasingly frustrated.

It’s important to consider the roots of the person’s behaviour. It could be that they are dealing with a stressful situation at home that is leading to distraction, or maybe feeling work pressures that you’re unaware of. It could even be that they lack confidence and they’re not sure how to best contribute!


This is why things can get worse when team members just shun someone who isn’t carrying their weight. So take the lead, and make sure you’re not ostracizing them – try to connect and find out what’s wrong before jumping to conclusions.

This way, you first try to find out whether there is any confusion with your unwilling colleague, and then help clarify duties so they have a better understanding of what’s expected of them.

Dealing with a wide variety of colleagues is something you’ll have to get used to in a Cabin Crew role. And if you think back to your previous experiences in education or employment, there will surely be examples of people you’ve had to work with that you haven’t necessarily hit it off with!

If you’re a person who likes to be friendly with everyone, and dislikes bad feeling or conflict then this can be really difficult. But like we discussed last month, treat it as an experience to learn from, and to use to build your character!


Next steps

The crew members you do get along with will likely end up being your close friends – and there’s nothing better than having time to explore a new city on layover with your crew-buddies!

Join us next time as we share what to do (and what not to do) to make the most of your layovers. 

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Cabin Crew: Salary Guide

Cabin Crew: Salary Guide

The subject of salary for cabin crew is often shrouded in mystery, largely due to the fact that current members of crew are advised by their airline not to discuss their salaries. So we spoke to cabin crew expert, Patricia Green, to find out what cabin crew could realistically earn.

How to write a successful Cabin Crew CV

How to write a successful Cabin Crew CV

If your idea of a dream job is flying to all parts of the world, then you’ll need a job winning cabin crew CV!

In this blog, we’ll look at what recruiters want to see in a cabin crew CV, and we’ll also lend a few helpful tips on how to make yours stand out in a never ending pile of applications. You’ll also find advice on how to structure your CV, and general best practice. We’ll also provide an example CV to help you build your own. 


Important things to remember:



Some airlines want to know your height. You should include this somewhere in your CV, and perhaps any other essential parts they have asked for like, your swimming ability, any extra languages you speak etc. Just make sure that if they have included it in their job advert as a requirement, that you can confirm it to them in your application. It’s all a tick in the box for them. 



Unlike other industries, cabin crew jobs require you to include a photo. It’s important that this photo is highly professional, a head shot of your face and shoulders, and you should be in business attire – it might look something like a passport photo.

Airlines look for neat and tidy individuals who are articulated and well presented – if you can portray this in your photo, you’ll be one step closer to achieving your dream job.

Hot tip: If you know what the cabin crew members wear at your chosen airline, try to emulate this in your picture e.g. hair tidy and scooped back into a bun, and neat makeup (or clean face and shave if you’re a male). You could also wear the same colour blazer and short to show that you think you would fit the bill.


Contact details

So the first thing that you need to make sure you have included in your CV is your contact details – and the right details at that! Because how on earth is a recruiter going to be able to contact you if you have an old phone number or a spelling mistake in your email address? Trust us, this happens a lot! A simple mistype could mean a recruiter has to bin your CV because they can’t get in touch with you.

This section will sit at the very top of your CV.

Set your details out like this: 

Amanda Warden

635 Purley Avenue,





Hot tip: You don’t need to add Curriculum Vitae‘ to the top of your CV – because it’s quite obvious if you’ve applied directly for a role. Instead, use this space to include the job title you aspire to have e.g. Cabin Crew for Virgin Atlantic.


Personal summary

A personal summary or statement is a short paragraph, consisting of a few sentences that sits at the top of your CV (after your contact details). It might be around 100 – 200 words long.

This is an essential part of your CV, that unbelievably, a lot of people forget to include. But as the first main paragraph of your application, we would advise you to make sure it’s in your CV – and that it’s highly tailored to the role.

On average, recruiters look at a CV for around 8 seconds – that’s not a lot of time to convince them to love you – so by crafting a highly targeted personal summary, you can hit all the right notes in the short space of time they view your CV

Things to consider including in your personal summary would be anything you feel is essential for the role e.g. experience in customer service, or a positive and confident personality, and a real team player.

It might look something like this: 

An outgoing individual who is passionate about customer service. With over 6 years’ experience at top retailer Boots, I am highly skilled at maintaining hospitable environments and engaging with people from all walks of life. Confident in my ability to communicate from a history of public speaking, I am committed to ensuring passengers receive the highest level of customer care and safety standards to ensure they have a positive experience.

Hot tip: Target your CV to specific airlines if you really want to give it the wow factor.



Many recruiters outline key skills they think candidates should have to be successful in a job. So you should take note from this job description that these skills should be showcased on your CV. Include a new section on your CV so these stand out immediately to a recruiter. Skills or areas of expertise for a cabin crew job might include:

  • Competent in X amount of languages (then list which ones)
  • Outstanding customer service
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Avid team player
  • Professional
  • Highly adaptable
  • Problem solver
  • Organised


Hot tip: Skills related to communication and customer service are valued for a cabin crew role, so you can always go into further detail about this in your cover letter too.


Work experience

If you’re new to the aviation industry, don’t worry! Many airlines hire cabin crew at entry level, so as long as you can relay that you have transferable skills for the job, you’ll still be considered.

If you have previous experience in customer service or something similar, include it here, and bullet point any relevant tasks that might help to showcase that you can perform the skills needed for your cabin crew job. Emphasis on relevant. Recruiters are time poor, so don’t fill up valuable space with tasks that don’t relate back to the job you want. 

If you’re just coming out of school, you might want to include your education section first, before, your work experience, and then highlight any part-time jobs you may have had while you studied.

And if you have previous experience as cabin crew, great! You should have no problem with this section – just try to keep it short and relevant.


Education and qualifications

Include the relevant qualifications and your school education e.g. high school, sixth form or college, and university, if applicable. Set it out like this, with the name of the institution, date you attended and the level of education you received there:

Corley High School 2006-2010

GCSEs – English (B), Maths (C) and Science (B) 

Art – A

Religious Education (A)

Geography (B)

And so on…

You might have achieved relevant want qualifications for your cabin crew job, so make sure you include these. For example: first aid, emergency procedures, customer service and safety. Again, for credibility, be sure to include the name of the place you received your qualification form, the name of the qualification, date you completed it and the level of qualification you achieved.

Hot tip: Take a look here if you’re searching for relevant courses for cabin crew



Many people don’t consider including hobbies and interests on a CV, but for a recruiter, understanding your interests helps to back up the type of person you are and if you are the right personality for the job. 

For example, if you’ve claimed to be a team player, the fact that you play volleyball and are also team captain shows that you have that skill. If you enjoy speaking publicly at clubs or member events, this shows you are confident with communication. So don’t count this section out.   



The above helps you to give an idea of how your CV should be laid out to a recruiter, but here is a visual too: 




And here are some other tips we think you’ll find useful for your CV too: 


Want more advice on your CV? Why not download our helpful CV guide:

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Cabin Crew: Salary Guide

Cabin Crew: Salary Guide

The subject of salary for cabin crew is often shrouded in mystery, largely due to the fact that current members of crew are advised by their airline not to discuss their salaries online. So the subject remains distinctly vague.

However, we can estimate from previous crew members at different airlines in the UK and Middle East, figures for typical salaries in 2019. In this article we will also be looking at other factors that might contribute to a cabin crew professional’s monthly pay, such as benefits and contracts. All of these will vary for each airline and country.


Basic salary

On average per year, cabin crew salaries start from £12,000, 12,000 Euro and $15,000.

This figure is taken across a range of scheduled/charter airlines. Although, in this difficult financial climate I have heard of cabin crew working for less than 450 Euro a month!

After a minimum of 1 year flying, you could benefit from a promotion to a cabin crew manager, wherein you should see a salary increase.


Cabin crew average salary

Starting salary: £12,000 – £14,000*

Experienced: £15,000 – £21,000*

Senior: £30,000*

*Figures based on 2019 Aviation Job Search data


Average salary (per airline)

Below, we have gathered the average salary for different airlines to give you an idea of how they vary ad what you could end up earning with them. These figures are provided via responses on Glassdoor:

  • £18,000 per year
  • Ryanair: £14,000 per year
  • British Airways: £18,000 per year
  • EasyJet: £14,502 per year
  • TUI: £15,000 per year
  • Virgin Atlantic:  £15,000 per year
  • Air France: £17,000 – £18,000 per year


Flight pay

Flight pay is an hourly rate for hours from take off to landing. This is a small figure based on actual hours flown onboard – not all airlines have this, so check when you are applying for cabin crew jobs.


Allowance payments

There is also allowance payment for nights spent away from base (may differ from country to country visited, for example a meal in Tokyo will cost more than in Mombasa, therefore payments will reflect this.) Again, not all airlines pay for allowances and some have a set figure, for example 25 Euro per night away.


Language payments

Some airlines will pay a small monthly allowance for language speakers. If you speak a language fluently and can do the public announcements etc onboard regular flights, you may get paid a little extra, but you may find you will also be working the same routes regularly!


Commission from duty free sales onboard

This may be between 5-10% of total sales on board shared by the whole crew – every little bit helps! It is also worth knowing that during your flight crew training course, you will only be receiving a basic salary – so for a usual 4-6 week period, you will be on a limited budget! This is normally received a month behind at the end of the month and allowances and extras are usually paid two months behind. The longer you stay with a company is also of benefit, as you should receive a yearly increment /bonus of up to 5% plus a yearly rise after a qualifying period.



Contracts may be offered on a temporary basis, say for six months. This can be to premeditate a lack of available crew at a scheduled airline or to prepare for a very busy summer season at a European charter airline. Not all benefits available to full time crew may be available to contract crew, for example, things like annual leave or discounted tickets.

Although six months may not seem long, it is great if you want to just try out working with a different airline or if you are not sure that the job is right for you. There may also be a chance that you may be kept on, during the slow season if crew are required and you may be called back for the next seasonal contract. For scheduled airlines, for example British Airways, Virgin, Qantas or Emirates, you will mostly be offered a permanent full time contract. This will have a six month trial period, where you may choose to leave the company if you decide it’s not for you or the airline may not renew the contract.

Part time contracts are only really available to full time cabin crew who have already been with the airline for a number of years and for things like maternity leave or extended sick leave.


Other benefits

Annual leave of between 14 and 30 days a year is usually available to you, for your holiday or those special occasions. Many airlines also offer personal or medical insurance in case you get taken ill or have an accident, but this kind of cover can vary company to company. Pension schemes are sometimes available and if you happen to be sick there is a limited period of sick leave where you will be just paid a basic salary. Most scheduled airlines and some charters also offer reduced price tickets or staff travel on standby (if there is a seat available last minute!) which can be helpful if you wish to commute or travel during your annual leave.

Some cabin crew may be lucky and also receive discounts on gym membership, restaurants and transportation. Down-route, you may get discounts on internet fees and food at your hotel and discounts at the duty free shop at the airport. As your uniform is so important to company image, the company will normally pay for you to have it dry cleaned and some have laundry facilities at base for you to drop off your uniform. Many of the airlines in the Middle East, for example Emirates, Etihad, Qatar and Gulf Air offer their cabin crew, free transport (by crew bus to and from airport) and free accommodation (shared apartments with up to 3 other crew members) which can be a huge advantage. They also offer a tax free salary, so is a good option if you have no ties and are willing to move to a new country. So, all in all – that gives you an idea of how a cabin crew salary adds up. Every airline has different salary structure so it is hard to give an accurate single figure here.

On a practical note, it is always a good idea to weigh up the pros and cons of the contract. Consider if you have housing and transport costs to pay for or existing bills at home to cover, as these should be factored in. If you are successful at your assessment day and are still in doubt as to your approximate monthly salary and contract offer then do not hesitate to contact the Human Resources department for clarification on this information.


About Patricia Green:

I have been cabin crew for major airlines in the UK and Middle East for six years and also a SCCM. For the last six years I have worked as a VIP Flight Attendant working for very high profile clients and world leaders on their private jets. This last year, I moved to flying on a freelance basis in order to concentrate on working as a freelance instructor as well as setting up as a Cabin Crew Consultant, so that I could advise potential crew how to get their dream job and help experienced crew move from commercial to corporate flying.

In response to many requests from fellow crew and students, I have written a series of E-books to help guide new crew with lots of insider advice and useful hints and tips.

For more information please visit


See our cabin crew job description for more information on working as a cabin crew member.

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Step Thirteen – Managing conflict as cabin crew

Step Thirteen – Managing conflict as cabin crew

By Chartered Occupational Psychologist Hannah Vallance

Cabin Crew Wings Team


Following on from our article from last month, Step Twelve – Staying Healthy as Cabin Crew, this month we’re focusing on how to manage conflict effectively with your passengers. 

In your role as Cabin Crew, it’s inevitable that you’ll experience conflict and difficulties getting along with people to one degree or another – whether this is while you’re working with crew members who you don’t naturally get along with, or dealing with difficult passengers.


Keep calm and carry on!

One of the most important things to learn when dealing with conflict is to stay calm. This is often more difficult than it sounds! But try not to let your agitation get the upper hand.

Remember when you’re working as Cabin Crew that you’re essentially the ‘face’ of the airline – and it’s part of your responsibilities to remain professional at all times, whether you’re dealing with customers or colleagues. 

Sometimes things can get a little heated with passengers, particularly in situations where alcohol is involved, or when you’re dealing with passengers who are stressed (perhaps they’re travelling with young children, or travelling under difficult circumstances) or are nervous fliers.


Difficult passengers

Flying can, unfortunately, bring out the worst in some people. Not everyone finds travel enjoyable, and some people simply have unreasonable expectations.

The most common type of conflict you’ll have to deal with are customer complaints – which will often be the result of things completely out of control. This might include delayed flights, mid-flight diversions, or simply someone not liking the in-flight menu!

It’s important to remember that when a customer is cross and upset, and seems to be taking it out on you, that it’s not personal – they’re just taking out their frustration on a representative of the airline because you’re there in that moment! However it can be upsetting, particularly if it’s your first experience of dealing with a difficult customer.

Remember to:

  • Stay calm – we’ve already covered this but it’s so important. People react to the behaviour of others instinctively, so if you remain calm it’s less likely that the situation will escalate.
  • Really pay attention and listen to the passenger’s complaint, and reassure them that you understand and sympathise with their frustration. 
  • Try to think of something you CAN do to help. For example, if someone is upset because of a delay which means a missed connection, you can’t do anything to prevent this, but you can advise them of who to talk to the they arrive to re-book their flight or apply for compensation.
  • If you feel yourself getting agitated take a breath and pause before you reply. Don’t react in the heat of the moment and put your career at risk!


If a passenger begins to get really aggressive or threatening however, this is NOT acceptable.

You are within your rights to calmly and professionally warn the passenger that threatening or aggressive behaviour is not allowed on board, outlining the consequences of their actions if they carry on disrupting the cabin. 

If they don’t listen, call for a senior crew member who can notify the cockpit if necessary.

Pilots may request for passengers to be be ‘offloaded’ if the aircraft has not yet departed, or  the police may be called to meet the plane upon landing. In extreme cases, the flight may be diverted.

Nervous passengers

This is an area where difficulties may arise too, as nervous passengers may essentially be on a ‘hair-trigger’, and act in a way that is completely out of character for them. This can manifest as difficult or aggressive behaviour.

So, what can you do with a nervous passenger to help them?

  • Talk to them. Acknowledge their fear of flying and reassure them that you’ll be there and keep an eye on them during the flight.
  • Distract them. Ask them easy questions about themselves, or where they’re going.
  • If you’re on a long-haul flight point out the in-flight entertainment, and how this can help break the flight into ‘blocks’ for them.
  • Tell them how stringent the safety checks you and your fellow crew-members complete are and explain that you’re there first and foremost to keep the passengers safe!


This leads on to another issue, as many nervous fliers try to get rid of the fear by drinking alcohol either before or during the flight – which can again lead to problems!


Intoxicated passengers

This is one of the major headaches faced by Cabin Crew on flights – passengers who become unruly due to over-indulging in alcohol!

Sometimes this problem solves itself, with over-excited holiday-makers peaking too soon after drinking prior to boarding, and falling asleep before the plane has left the ground! On other occasions however, it can lead to difficult and even dangerous situations.

You are within your rights to refuse to serve any more alcohol to passengers who are drunk. You can remind passengers that it’s a criminal offence to be drunk and disorderly on board an aircraft, and it’s also prohibited to bring alcohol on board to drink – the is why the duty-free shops generally seal up the bags when passengers purchase alcohol!

Dealing with difficult passenger is part and parcel of working with the general public, and something you’ll have to get used to as Cabin Crew. 

If you’re a person who hates arguments or conflicts this can be a HUGE challenge, however it’s something you’ll have to learn to deal with. However, it WILL get easier with time, and you will soon be able to deal with these passengers professionally and with ease. Remember that the first few times will be the hardest, and treat it as an experience to learn from, and to build your character.


Next steps

It’s not just conflict with difficult passengers you’ll have to deal with as Cabin Crew – in your career you’ll also come across colleagues that you don’t really ‘mesh’ well with, or who simply rub you up the wrong way!

Join us next time to find out our tips on keeping on good terms with your fellow crew-members – even if you don’t see eye to eye!

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Cabin Crew: Salary Guide

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Step Twelve – Staying mentally and physically healthy as Cabin Crew

Step Twelve – Staying mentally and physically healthy as Cabin Crew

This month our partner Cabin Crew Wings is focusing on the best ways to stay healthy and fit as crew:

The Cabin Crew job is more physically demanding than you might think! You’ll be on your feet and for long periods of time, and also be constantly bending, stretching and balancing in an often fairly cramped space.


Get into good fitness habits

Just moving a bit more can make a big difference! Getting out for a daily walk or jog on your days off or on layovers, doing a regular home workout.

You could also join a gym or sports centre when things begin to return to normal (at the time of writing many of us are in lockdown from the current Coronavirus pandemic). This can seem like an expensive option, but many places now offer monthly ‘deals’ that include unlimited classes and use of facilities – this can end up being really good value.

If you prefer to get fit in the comfort of your home there are a huge amount of videos and tutorials on the internet – you can check out some great free ones on sites like YouTube.

You can also download some fantastic apps where you can track your progress and chat with similar minded people in group forums. 

Running, walking and hiking are free, healthy ways to improve your cardiovascular fitness. Skipping too is a great (and often overlooked!) workout that’s free, fast and effective.


Stretching and flexibility

Posture and flexibility, as well as balance and co-ordination, are very important for cabin crew. Building strength and skills in these areas will help you get through some areas of your training, like the all-important cabin crew reach test.

Yoga and Pilates are great for this, and again there are hundreds of resources and apps available online.

The meditative qualities of this type of exercise can also be a great help in balancing the stresses of cabin crew life.



The long and anti-social shifts cabin crew sometimes work, along with the occasional lack of sleep can wreak havoc with your immune system. Recycled cabin air can also make you more prone to picking up bugs, especially when you’re in constant contact with passengers.

Therefore it’s really important that you try your best as a member of crew to eat as healthy and balanced a diet as possible!

Try to avoid processed foods and alcohol as much as possible, and drink plenty of water. Again there is a wealth of information and diet advice available online, and apps to help you plan meals, shopping lists and keep track of what you’re eating.



Mental health

Looking after your mental health is crucial for long hours, challenging working conditions and often disrupted sleep patterns can really take their toll.

Being crew can also often be a surprisingly lonely job – it’s not guaranteed you’ll always be working with the same colleagues, and as we covered last month you’ll have to spend time away from family and friends (and miss out on special occasions at times) on a regular basis.

Don’t suffer in silence. Talk to someone – in person or on the phone, or even via message or email. Whether it’s a family member, a close friend or a colleague, even just acknowledging the issue and speaking about it out loud can really help. 

Often you’ll find that other people aren’t coping as well as you might think either – it isn’t just you!

This is where physical exercise can help too. Getting out and going for a walk, even for 15 minutes, can really help to clear your head. 

Exercise (whether simple or more strenuous) has been proven to help elevate your mood by boosting your endorphin levels. 


Do what’s best for you

Put your own needs first and try a little self-care! If you’re on a layover and would rather curl up in bed with Netflix and a hot drink than go for a night on the town then choose to do what’s best for you.


It’s okay to say no now and again! 

Similarly spend time on your days off doing what you need to do to feel happy and de-stress. Don’t burn yourself out trying to live up to the expectations of others, or trying to please everyone.

It’s important to get enough sleep too – you really do need to prioritise this to be at your best, as it can take its toll both mentally and physically.

If you’re having trouble sleeping at an unusually early time because you’ve a super early start the next day, or are recovering from an overnight flight, then try an eye mask or listening to white noise or a relaxation app to help you.


Next steps

One of the things a lot of new crew find difficult is managing conflict and dealing with difficult people – unfortunately this is something you’ll have to deal with a lot as Cabin Crew!

Join us next time to find out our top tips on managing conflict at minimal stress to yourself!

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Cabin Crew: Salary Guide

Cabin Crew: Salary Guide

The subject of salary for cabin crew is often shrouded in mystery, largely due to the fact that current members of crew are advised by their airline not to discuss their salaries. So we spoke to cabin crew expert, Patricia Green, to find out what cabin crew could realistically earn.

Step Eleven – Your relationship and social life as cabin crew

Step Eleven – Your relationship and social life as cabin crew

Cabin Crew Wings is here to share another insightful blog to cabin crew members in need of some inspiration and direction. 


Following on from our article from last month, Step Ten – First days in the sky, this month we’re focusing on the challenges of maintaining relationships with friends, family and partners while you’re away working.

Having any kind of social life can be tricky when you’re Cabin Crew. Frequent absences from home and irregular schedules don’t make it easy to plan dates or family dinners – but there are upsides as well.


A Different Kind of Social Life

A Cabin Crew career is often seen as the gateway to a jet-set lifestyle, travelling the globe and gaining exciting new experiences. Yes, it involves a lot of hard work, and sacrifices have to be made, but this profession does offer you a whole new type of social life.

Instead of a quick drink with colleagues after leaving the office, you and your fellow Cabin Crew could be sipping cocktails on a beach or seeing the sights in exotic, far-flung locations during overnight layovers.

Often, the friendships you form as Cabin Crew will be extra special because you’ll have a mutual understanding of each other’s lifestyle. This can be a comfort, especially when loved ones at home struggle to imagine your daily reality. 


Dealing with homesickness

It’s normal to feel homesick, especially at the beginning of your Cabin Crew journey. Unusual sleeping patterns, jetlag and adjusting to this new way of life can take its toll.

Remember to take little reminders of home with you when you leave; download some tunes that remind you of the people you love, pack a few photos of your friends or your favourite scented candle for your hotel room if you’re travelling long-haul.

People at home don’t always know where you are or when you’re working; make the extra effort to contact people when you’re on the ground. Squeeze in those phone calls when you can, and fire off a few texts if the time difference doesn’t work out.

It can also help if you’re able to live close to the airport where you’re based. When you’ve been missing home and want to get back to see people, the last thing you want is a long commute or to get stuck in traffic on the final leg of your journey.


Missing Important Events

Working as Cabin Crew, it’s inevitable that you’ll miss things. Your roster may mean you have to work over Christmas or miss birthdays and other special occasions. 

This can be one of the toughest aspects of being Cabin Crew. Hopefully, your friends and relatives will understand and just be glad to have you when you’re there. Skype and FaceTime are great to keep you feeling in the loop if you can’t make it to an event.

Sometimes, you’re bound to feel left out. To combat this, be proactive when you’re at home – reach out to people you want to spend time with, make sure they know you’re around! Carve out time to see the ones who are most important to you.


Keep the Romance Alive!

Long-distance relationships can throw up another set of challenges – especially when you’re in different time zones or uncontactable because you’re in the air.

Communication is key. Keeping in touch with each other will help you feel connected. A short, sweet message between flights or before you go to sleep will let the other person know you’re thinking about them.

When you’re together, make sure you have quality time. Take a day trip just the two of you, or cook a special dinner at home if you’re on a budget. Share anecdotes from your time apart, but don’t let work take up the whole conversation.

While it may not be ideal to be separated from a partner, look at the positives. The excitement of a reunion may help keep that spark alive! As the cliché goes, absence really does make the heart grow fonder.


Next Steps

While we’ve gone through some of the emotional difficulties of a Cabin Crew lifestyle, what about the physical aspects?

Join us next time to find out how to maintain a healthy lifestyle; exercise and fitness, diet and sleeping habits can all suffer as a result of working in the air, so we’ll have some tips and advice on how to remain in great Cabin Crew shape.


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Cabin Crew: Salary Guide

Cabin Crew: Salary Guide

The subject of salary for cabin crew is often shrouded in mystery, largely due to the fact that current members of crew are advised by their airline not to discuss their salaries. So we spoke to cabin crew expert, Patricia Green, to find out what cabin crew could realistically earn.