Place of work: above the clouds
A warm welcome to the loveliest place in the world to work: on board an airliner. Every flight brings new passengers and situations. You have to be flexible, service-oriented and able to cope with stress for this job. After all, you're responsible for the safety and well-being of the passengers on board.
You prepare the cabin for the flight, provide the service on board and look after the passengers. And if you wish to go on to qualify as a Maître de Cabine, you will be in charge of constantly changing crews. The Maitre de Cabine is responsible for service quality and hospitality, and is a motivator, supervisor and team leader.
Miami, Zurich, Moscow. As a Cabin Crew Member, you will travel the world and experience foreign cultures. Every single working day brings a new destination and new passengers. It's a job that is more varied and diverse than almost any other.
A day in the life of SWISS cabin crew
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- Assuring and applying the safety and security regulations on board
- Caring for international guests on board
- Preparing the aircraft cabin
- Organising the workflow in the galley
- Conducting the meal and beverage service
- Carrying out the on-board sales
- Swiss nationality or an EU passport
- Minimum age: 18 years
- Minimum height: 158 cm
- Normal weight
- Excellent health and able to work under pressure
- Completed professional apprenticeship or higher education
- Very good English and German language skills; French, Italian or Spanish an advantage (language stays recommended)
- Charming, friendly, outgoing, service-orientated
- Quality awareness in terms of traditional Swiss hospitality
- Well-groomed appearance, no visible tattoos, impeccable manners
- Flexibility (e.g. irregular work schedule)
- Completed basic military service if applicable
- Good swimming skills
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Application and training
Apply now to be a Cabin Crew Member and work above the clouds. There are regular selection processes and training courses.
- Step 1: Application
All vacancies are published on the SWISS job market. You can apply to join us as a Cabin Crew Member at any time. Our Recruitment Team checks all the files and makes a pre-selection on the basis of the requirements profile.
- Step 2: Assessment
Candidates are invited to an assessment, where you will be asked to complete various tasks and tests. Your language skills will also be tested. If you receive a positive response after the assessment, you will be considered for a training course.
- Step 3: Training
The training course for Cabin Crew Member lasts 3 months in total. In the first 6 weeks, you will learn the theory of service, on-board safety and security, and dealing with medical emergencies. After that you will undergo your practical training on one aircraft type, followed by another training to get your qualification on an additional type. Within one year your training in Business and Economy Class on our short- and longhaul aircrafts will be completed.
- Step 4: Career
As a Cabin Crew Member, you will find that many doors at SWISS are open to you. You have the opportunity to instruct new colleagues in the tasks on board, work in additional functions within the company or pass the professional exam for Flight Attendant after two years. Those who pass the aptitude test can go on to qualify as a Maître de Cabine and lead a constantly changing team.
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Frequently asked questions Cabin Crew Member
If you are interested in working as a Cabin Crew Member, you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions here. On training, the selection process or future career development.
- Do you favour applicants who have completed an apprenticeship in tourism or hospitality?
- What does "normal" weight in the job requirement profile mean?
- What other requirements do I have to fulfil?
- When are the application interviews held?
- When are we informed of the results of the assessment?
- What documents do I have to send with my application?
Do you favour applicants who have completed an apprenticeship in tourism or hospitality?
No. However, their prior knowledge means that candidates who have trained in tourism or hospitality are often at an advantage when training to become a Cabin Crew Member.
What does "normal" weight in the job requirement profile mean?
We don't require a particular body mass index, but instead look at each candidate's overall appearance.
What other requirements do I have to fulfil?
If the assessment is positive, you will be required to undergo the medical flight eligibility examination.
When are the application interviews held?
There are regular assessments for future Crew Members based in Zurich. The assessments for future Cabin Crew Members based in Geneva take place as required.
When are we informed of the results of the assessment?
You will be notified by email after a few days.
What documents do I have to send with my application?
If you have registered to apply on line, we also need the following documents:
a) Personal statement
c) 1 recent passport photo
d) 1 recent full-length body photo
e) Copies of all diplomas, certificates and references and your last school report.
Please upload these documents with your online application.
What other linguistic requirements do I have to fulfil?
Base Zurich: German and English, both fluent, are the basic requirements for working as a Cabin Crew Member. There is additional remuneration for employees with good French, Italian or Spanish skills.
Base Geneva: French and English, both fluent, are the basic requirement. There is additional remuneration for employees with good German, Italian or Spanish skills.
General: Any other language you can speak will make it easier for you to communicate with our international clientele. You do not have to submit any specific diplomas or certificates. However, we recommend that you hold level B2 for English and A2/B1 for French (Base Zurich), German (Base Geneva), Spanish or Italian.
- When does the Cabin Crew training commence, and how long does it take?
- Will I work on short- or long haul flights?
- Will I be able to keep private appointments such as flat-hunting or doctor's visits during my basic training?
When does the Cabin Crew training commence, and how long does it take?
Your training will commence by agreement. In the first 6 weeks of your basic training, you will learn the theory of service, on-board safety and security, and dealing with medical emergencies. After that you will have your practical training on one aircraft type, followed by another training to get your qualification on an additional type. Within one year your training in Business and Economy Class on our short- and longhaul aircrafts will be completed.
Will I work on short- or long haul flights?
From the beginning we train new Cabin Crew Members for service in Economy and Business Class on shorthaul flights and - for the base Zurich - in Economy Class on longhaul aircraft. At a later stage the training for Business Class on longhaul will take place (base Zurich).
Will I be able to keep private appointments such as flat-hunting or doctor's visits during my basic training?
As a rule, missed training sessions cannot be repeated. It is essential that you attend all your training sessions without gaps. The basic training already counts as working time.
When will I receive my contract?
Your contract will be mailed to you once you have been allocated a training course. All the necessary formalities will be dealt with at the same time and a medical examination arranged. This examination is essential for your employment, and your contract will only be valid if the results are positive.
Do you offer part-time employment?
We only offer new employees full-time contracts.
On the job
- Do I have to arrange and pay for my hotel accommodation abroad?
- Are tattoos, piercings and tooth jewellery allowed?
- Where can I find further information on the required appearance during working hours?
- Do I have to live in or near Zurich or Geneva?
- Do female Cabin Crew Members have to wear make-up at work?
- What are the downsides of the job?
- When are the Cabin Crews' duty schedules published?
- What opportunities for career development will I have as a Cabin Crew Member?
Do I have to arrange and pay for my hotel accommodation abroad?
SWISS organises and pays for all accommodation and transportation to the hotel while you are on duty.
Are tattoos, piercings and tooth jewellery allowed?
Visible piercings (including tooth and tongue piercings) are not permitted during working hours, while in uniform or during basic training. Tattoos must be covered by the uniform (skirt for ladies). We do not permit them to be covered by make-up or plasters.
Where can I find further information on the required appearance during working hours?
The uniform regulations provide all the information in detail.
Do I have to live in or near Zurich or Geneva?
No. Lots of our staff live in a different canton. However, do bear in mind that flight shifts begin between 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. It is possible that public transport might not be running at these times. Long journey times can also place additional stress on the individual. If you are on stand-by duty, you will be required to be at the airport within one hour.
Do female Cabin Crew Members have to wear make-up at work?
We value a well-groomed appearance. Lipstick must be worn.
What are the downsides of the job?
The irregular working hours, plus the volume of work can be quite challenging, as can the time differences. Last-minute changes, working on public holidays and at weekends, and trying to accommodate holiday requests all require a certain amount of flexibility.
When are the Cabin Crews' duty schedules published?
SWISS publishes the duty schedules on the 24th of the previous month for the following month.
What opportunities for career development will I have as a Cabin Crew Member?
Basically, everyone can further their career. You can work as an instructor on-board and introduce new colleagues to the job of Cabin Crew members. You can also apply to train for the service in First Class or as a Maître de Cabine on short-haul flights, and commence your training following a successful application.