Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia, which has set up an Indian arm in partnership with the Tata Group, on Wednesday announced hiring flight attendants from April 13 through walk-in interviews.
The airline, which seeks to start domestic operations in the country this year, in a press release invites not only freshers but also experienced candidates.
“Male and female flight attendant candidates must be between 20 to 35 years old, possess the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and fluent in oral and written English, in addition to local language. Experienced flight attendants or fresh graduates of any discipline are also welcomed.
Successful candidates are required to attend a final interview the next day, on 14 April 2013, the release adds.
The announcement is particularly enthusing for thousands of unemployed staff of grounded carrier Kingfisher Airlines, who have been jobless since the airline was grounded in October last year and also reluctantly shifted to other industries.
Delayed salaries and limited hiring at airline companies over the last year has compelled a large number of cabin crew to hunt for greener pastures.
For example, in an analyst concall for the December quarter results, Jet Airways % said a total of 1,139 people have left the company on a year-to-date basis, comprising mostly of cabin crew and ground staff; this has helped bring staff costs down.
The media release today specifies height requirements as 160cm minimum / 170cm maximum barefooted for female candidates, while for male candidates it is min 170cm / max 180cm.
The Malaysian budget carrier is yet to take a no-objection certificate from the aviation ministry, which has said a number of times that AirAsia India may have to face a few procedural hurdles.
AirAsia promoter Tony Fernandes in a media concall on February 21 had said, “Will start operations with 3-4 -A-320s to begin with and will scale up quickly.”
AirAsia has operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines servicing a network stretching across all ASEAN countries, China, India, Nepal and Australia, with its network servicing 85 destinations.