How to Become a Corporate Flight Attendant

4/05/2018

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While on workcation in Texas last week I met a commercial flight attendant. She wanted to know all about how I became a corporate flight attendant and whether I had any advice to share about transitioning into corporate aviation. I’m actually frequently asked this question, so I thought I’d share my experience for any of you who might have the same questions.

How to Become a Corporate Flight Attendant

Let me say I have only ever flown corporate aviation for Clay Lacy Aviation. This is actually quite rare because the majority of flight attendants get their start in commercial aviation. I’ve been flying now for 9 years and I definitely feel blessed and fortunate to have landed in a job that is so perfectly suited to me.

Corporate Flight Attendant Training

Having said that, let me start by saying if you’re looking to get into corporate flight attending, the only two training programs I suggest are by Flight Safety and Aircare. I have attended both training courses and they are the two leading programs in the country.  I’m pretty sure most aircraft operators prefer their Cabin Attendants be certified with one of these programs.  Aircare is great for initial training because they offer the emergency training AND cabin server etiquette & service training.  I recommend researching both companies to determine which course suits your location and individual needs.  As far as pricing, I suggest contacting both programs to get a break down of costs to complete the training. Keep in mind you will need to attend recurrent training every 1-2 yrs.  The good news is if you’re hired full time with an aircraft operator they cover your expense for recurrent training.

Corporate Flight Attendant TrainingI know what you really want to know is, how likely is it you will be hired after investing in the training?  I’m going to be honest with you, it is a pretty competitive field.  A lot of companies will not hire you without flight time.  But you never know. Do some research before you jump in and reach out to operators in your area to see if they take on new attendants.  The fact is once you have the “classroom” training done there is the “practical” training.  Meaning part of a typical Cabin Attendant job interview is to demonstrate an actual, albeit simulated meal service to observe your service skills.  Some companies are willing to “train” you as an intern so you can gain some practical skills of the job.

Corporate Flight Attendant Duties and Skills

This job requires you to be able to manage the whole cabin by yourself from city to city & country to country.

Some examples of corporate flight attendant duties and skills include:

  • Training in medical & emergency procedures;
  • Running entertainment and visual systems;
  • Providing all meal service(s) including the washing and maintenance of dishes;
  • “House Keeping” meaning you clean the plane during and after every flight;
  • Occasionally when requested be able to make beds;
  • A broad knowledge of food & sourcing food; and
  • Alcohol and barista knowledge is always a bonus.

Beyond this, I’d say a genuine pleasure for taking care of people is essential. This is a job where you never say “no” or “can’t.” It’s our job to provide 100% whatever a passenger may want. This type of service should not irritate you because that is why passengers fly privately.

Hopefully my directness doesn’t discourage anyone from pursing this amazing career.  I use to train new cabin attendants so I know exactly what happens when the whole truth is not presented up front. I don’t want any of you to be disappointed or disillusioned after investing in training.  It is marvelous career…the best ever…but only if it suits you.  When it doesn’t it can be miserable.

Please, please let me know if you have any other questions about becoming a corporate flight attendant. I am very happy to help!!

  1. CIndy Robledo says:

    Hi Beautiful Tennille! Haven’t seen you in ages. Loved this piece you wrote. Going to pass it on to a girl I know who wants to start flying. Hope all is well. xoxo Cindy Robledo

  2. Caroline says:

    Thanks for this amazing article! 🙂 It seems to be an amazing job! Btw.. How do you deal with turbulences? Not afraid?

    :-*
    Caroline

  3. Gillian says:

    Insightful and informative ❤️❤️❤️

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  5. mira says:

    Thank you so much, Im young and still lost on what career I want but I’ve been taking interest to corporate flight attending. This blog was very helpful!

  6. Izabelle says:

    Hello,

    I’ve been looking into it and I am not sure I’ll be able to do multiple training programs. That being said, I was wondering your thoughts on sky angel skyacademy? And if it would be worth doing this program?

    Thanks,
    Izabelle

    • Tennille says:

      Hi Izabelle! I don’t have personal experience with Sky Angel SkyAcademy but I have heard good things about it. My recommendation would be to reach out to some of the private aviation companies you are interested in working for and ask them what training programs they prefer for the flight attendants they hire. Good luck to you darling!

  7. Holly Mayeux says:

    Hi Tennille,

    If you don’t have commercial experience then how do you gain flight hours?

    Thank you in advance,
    Holly

    • Tennille says:

      Hi Holly! Honestly, commercial experience would have zero impact in being hired in the corporate world (UNLESS you attended first class for a brand like Emirates). In corporate aviation they are mostly looking for a specific skill set and it’s not uncommon to be hired with zero flight experience if you have the right skills and look. Private aviation companies want someone with great hospitality experience and a broad knowledge of food who is also well-spoken, self-disciplined, hard working, and detail oriented. Beyond that, personal polish is ALWAYS an essential quality. You must be sharp looking with good taste in style. In corporate aviation, you would likely shadow a more experienced flight attendant on flights to gain some practical hours. Once you go out on your own, the company might put you on “easy” flights with easy passengers until you get the hang of it. Hope that answers your questions darling. Good luck to you!

  8. Faith says:

    Great article T and thanks for sharing with us ????????
    I have commercial flight attendant experience of 20 years,where can I apply to be a corporate flight attendant?

    Thanks

    Happy landings

  9. Annette says:

    Hello,.
    I was so excited to learn you were a African American corporate flight attendant. I have heard many times the industry is competitive and often wondered what success rate African Americans have in the industry.

  10. Terry Carter says:

    I would like to learn more

  11. Cathyliana says:

    Hi! This piece was brilliant and I really got some valuable information. Thank you very much! My question is do I have to be at least 21 to become a corporate flight attendant? (I’m 20) Also, what did you do in order to get the offers from the companies you have/are working for?

  12. Shyann Thompson says:

    Thank you so much for this insight! I have been interested in flight attending for over 2 years but have never pulled the trigger. I honestly don’t know where to start. What training should I complete first or can I start with the two training s listed in this passage and be okay? Any feedback is good feedback, I am so eager to begin the flight attending journey but would love to have additional information!

    • Tennille says:

      Hi Darling! Yes, these are the only two training programs that I have completed and that’s what I completed to get started in corporate aviation. Best of luck to you. ????????

  13. Jean Felissaint says:

    I am a male and i have been flying charter and want to become Corp FA

  14. Miriam Desroches says:

    Hello!

    I really enjoyed your blog and felt it was straightforward and insightful.
    For the two programs Flight Safety and Aircare, what are the specific names of the training courses you recommend taking. I went to both websites and found quite a few training courses offered.

    Thank you again for sharing your knowledge with us!

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  16. lauren says:

    what companies can I apply to ? I have looked on job sites and do not see any FA jobs

  17. Denise Johnson says:

    Hello I was a flight attendant with AA from 2000 to 2011. I have experienced the 911 tragic moments and lost a great flight attendant friend..however I quit flying because of my three kids and I went into the health care and pharmaceutical career and I really miss the independent side of being a flight attendant. How has it changed with COVID? And are some commercial airlines stricken with weight and ethnicity ?

  18. Mel says:

    I’m interested in the suit you’re wearing? Looks professional and comfortable.

    Thanks!

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