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So you want to become a cabin crew member/ trolley dolley/hostie? We get loads of enquiries, so thought we'd share this info.

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Qatar Airways Cabin Crew Jobs

Qatar Airways are running a cabin crew recruitment event in Cape Town from 9am to midday on the 9th December 2012. So, if you have "lots of confidence & charisma, and are selflessly driven to care for others", then pop along to The Westin Cape Town with your photographs & CV (the Westin is opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre).

"We take pride in our people—a dynamic and culturally diverse workforce is essential to why we are one of the finest and fastest growing airlines in the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages and Doha based employees receive a range of allowances and enjoy a tax-free income." Qatar Airways

Are you the right person?

Do you love travelling and meeting new people? Do you have excellent interpersonal skills? Are you a team player who would love to be part of an award-winning team?

If your answer is YES, then Qatar Airways wants to hear from you. They are looking for dedicated and energetic individuals to join their multinational, award-winning cabin crew.

Minimum requirements
  • Minimum age: 21 years

  • Minimum arm reach: 212 cm (on tip toes)

  • Minimum education: high school degree

  • Fluent in written and spoken English (ability to speak another language is an asset)

  • Excellent health and fitness

  • Willingness to relocate to Doha, Qatar

  • Outgoing personality with good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a multinational team

Typical duties will include:

  • "Providing outstanding customer service in the aircraft to impress our customers, recognising cultural differences and individual needs.

  • Working within a team of Cabin Crew to time constraints to ensure that all elements of the Qatar Airways product is successfully delivered to our passengers satisfaction.

  • To maintain Qatar Airways high level of safety standards onboard the aircraft at all times for the safety of passengers and employees.

  • To maintain a high standard of personal presentation at all times and to feel proud to wear the Qatar Airways uniform as an ambassador of a 5-star Airline.

  • To present yourself in a positive, approachable and professional manner at all times regardless of the situation.

  • To work together with other Qatar Airways staff to ensure quality results are achieved for Qatar Airways.

  • To enhance the passengers journey from start to finish and ensure their return custom with the worlds 5-star airline."

Expenses are for your own account

Please note that all expenses incurred by you to attend any recruitment campaign will be your own responsibility, not that of Qatar Airways or anybody else.

How to dress & what to bring

If you want to meet Qatar Airways, please make sure to be on time, wear business attire and be yourself.

Ladies - Knee length skirt and short sleeve blouse. Hair neatly tied back. Suitable make-up.

Gentlemen - Trousers with shirt and tie or business suit, clean shaven and well groomed.

Bring your CV in English along with full length and passport size photographs with you on the day.

Apply online

Please submit your online application before the closing date on 5th December to allow the Qatar Airways Recruitment team time to consider it.

Save some time and apply online - if you are shortlisted Qatar Airways will be in touch with your personal invite to the event. If you would prefer to submit your application in person feel free to come along at the time listed above.

Short listed candidates will be required to attend further interview processes over the following days.

Qatar Airways plane parked at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa




Life as a Cabin Crew Member's take: "Lots of time spent in foreign hotels with fellow hosties (usually young & attractive) and pilots that you spend large amounts of time with...not a bad way to spend your 20s :) Regularly crossing time zones and never really adjusting. People tend to spend less than ten years in the industry before moving on, not just because of the lifestyle, but also because there's limited growth (like they say, 'the sky's the limit!'"

"The criteria for a flying job follows a general pattern. They want to weed out the no-hopers, the dulls, the stressers and the drips. They want the good-looking (that's important), the approachable, the physically perfect, the capable and those with just a smattering of fun about them, but not too much, as they may be difficult to control in the long run." extract from the book "You F'Coffee Sir".

London flight prices
Hopefully we'll be back to exploring London's magical streets soon! South Africa is currently on the UK's Red List, which means only British nationals are allowed to travel from South Africa to the UK and then they have to complete 10 days quarantine in a hotel. There are no direct flights connecting South Africa to the UK currently.

flight path from London to Johannesburg

Cheap JNB-London from R7,487*
(British Airways- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Cheap CPT-London from R9,184*
(Emirates- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Cheap DUR-London from R8,134*
(British Aiways- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Direct JNB-LON from R10,577*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 11 April, return 18 April 2019)

Direct CPT-LON from R7,837*
(British Airlines- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

Premium Econ. JNB-LON from R14,747*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

B. Class JNB-LONfrom R22,571*
(Kenya Airways- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

B. Class CPT-LON from R23,791*
(Kenya Airways- depart 16 May, return 23 May 2019)

1-way JNB-LON from R5,229*
(Emirates- 18 April 2019)

*This is not an offer, but merely a snapshot of cheapest airfares as we saw them. There was very limited availability (don't expect it to be on every date, it was the cheapest we could find) when we checked & prices may have increased already. Click through the link on the price to check whether the price is still available. Remember to change class once page has loaded to check prices for Premium Economy and Business Class. For Direct Fligth prices, select direct flights once page has loaded.


Bad news for our friends flying from the UK to South Africa - Air Passenger Duties in the United Kingdom are set to increase by 2% in April 2013.

The IRB 7's World Series takes place in Port Elizabeth from the 8th until the 9th December 2012.

The Purple shall rule! Andy caught a Johannesburg - Bangkok flight with SAA (when they still used to fly there): "I walked in and around a large market where I discovered an assortment of counterfeit clothes, shoes, watches, jewellery and other property. The “fake” women were discovered that night...After watching some chaps knock the hell out of each other (kickboxing), I went along to explore the infamous Khao San Road...A German tourist told me that not all the girls were girls. I found this unbelievable as the ladies in the booze bus / bar behind me looked like real damsels in distress from fa." Here's a photo of him posing with a lady with a strong grip and deep voice! To escape Bangkok Andy caught an overnight train down to Surat Thani, a springboard to the islands, and then a ferry to Ko Somui where he stayed in a hut at Lamai Beach.

Bangkok Khaosan Road street scene

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