Ever dreamed of being cabin crew for Qatar Airways? Didn’t think so. 😉
Lately I’ve constantly seen Facebook ads for Qatar Airways. No, the ads weren’t trying to convince me to book tickets on them, but rather they’re for cabin crew recruitment. In the US.
They’ll be recruiting for cabin crew at the St. Regis Houston on March 14, 2015.
The requirements to apply are pretty straightforward:
To be part of this winning team, you need to meet the following requirements:
- Minimum age of 21 years
- Minimum arm reach of 212 cms on tip toes
- Minimum high school education with fluency in written and spoken English
- 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.
But at the same time I’m quite puzzled as to why Qatar Airways even bothers recruiting in the US. I mean, I’ll let the Facebook comments on the advertisement speak for themselves:
Emirates has some cabin crew that are American, and Etihad has some as well (though I get the impression there are fewer than at Emirates).
But Qatar Airways?! This is the airline that gives their flight attendants a curfew when they’re at home. Which is truly mind-blowing, given that half of their flights leave in the middle of the night (God forbid anyone is jetlagged). Never mind the fact that they need permission to get married or pregnant, or that they get fired over the most minor things.
Anyway, I’m just kind of surprised that they even bother recruiting in the US, since most “first world” westerners wouldn’t tolerate the way they treat employees. I can count on one hand the number of Australian or British crew I’ve had on Qatar Airways, while every other cabin crew on Emirates or Etihad seems to be from there.
In my experience the single biggest source of crew recruitment for Qatar Airways are the former Emirates shower attendants. I’ve met a countless number of Qatar cabin crew that were former Emirates shower attendants (meaning they didn’t make the cut for Emirates cabin crew).
Am I off base? Do you envision any Americans wanting to fly for Qatar Airways?