Delta Airlines, DAL has announced on Monday, October 23, that they will be hiring 1,000 flight attendants for 2018.
The Atlanta-based stipulated that applicants must be 21-years-old, service-oriented and obviously, not afraid of flying. This would be quite a challenge as the airline industry needs quality flight attendants.
While it sounds very attractive, here are the requirements and criteria to qualify for the six-figure job.
Criteria to get hired at Delta
The ideal candidate must have the following
- a high school degree (or GED)
- be able to work in the U.S.,
- and speak/read/write English fluently.
Other minimum requirements include:
- Ability to work a flexible schedule
- Willingness to comply with uniform and appearance guidelines, including no visible tattoos piercings like earlobe plugs.
- Ability to obtain and keep current a passport and travel documents to freely enter and exit places where Delta flies
- Successfully complete a pre-employment U.S. Department of Transportation drug test and comprehensive background check, including government-required fingerprint-based criminal history records check
- Ability to work in a physically demanding role which requires frequent standing, walking, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, reaching and lifting (i.e., pushing/pulling beverage or food carts and lifting and opening emergency aircraft doors).
Apart from the aforementioned requirements, Delta’s senior vice president of In-Flight Service, Allison Ausband, explained that after the highly competitive and exhaustive selection process, they put all candidates’ previous experience and skills to the test during the Delta Airlines flight attendant initial training.
The eight-week training program reportedly takes place at the Atlanta headquarters and requires participants to complete tests on everything from CPR, putting out fires, to water evacuations and meal presentations.
In 2016, 150,000 people applied for the job, and only 6,000 received in-person interviews; from which the Delta Airlines hired 1,200 new flight attendants, less than 1% of the applicant pool, according to Yahoo.
Delta currently employs about 20,000 flight attendants, the American Airlines has about 25,000, and United Airlines employs nearly 24,000.
Salary of a Flight Attendant
The average entry-level flight attendant can expect to make $25,000 per year, with an opportunity to earn more depending upon schedule. In addition to salary, Delta has a competitive compensation package which includes health and insurance coverage, 401(k) with a company match, a profit-sharing program, and worldwide travel privileges.
According to a job search site, Glassdoor, flight attendants at Delta have the opportunity to take home between $48,000 and $98,000 a year during their careers. Nationally, the average flight attendant makes $53,210 per year.
Other factors for a higher paycheck
- a college education and more than one year of work experience in a personalized customer service, patient care, or similar role.
- If you speak a language other than English, Delta Airlines may consider you for “Language of Destination” flight attendant roles, which offer additional pay as well as more responsibilities.
Benefits for Flight Attendants
Many flight attendants enjoy long layovers in different cities, allowing them to explore and see the sites. The accommodations will be paid for in whatever city or destination you land, so that’s more money you can spend on experiences.
Leisure travel, airline employees also receive free or discounted air travel for themselves and family members. Sometimes, tickets can be free on certain routes, especially those within the U.S.
According to the Association of Flight Attendants or (AFA), flight attendants can work anywhere from 65 hours to 95 hours a month, compared with the standard office worker who logs about 160 to 200 hours a month.
How to apply at Delta Airlines
Application for the job is currently open.