Our Experienced Cabin Crew are part of the team that connect Britain with the world and the world with Britain. Among our most trusted and confident brand advocates, they show our customers we care, and make memories to last a lifetime. If you have the know-how to listen, do the right thing and maintain a certain coolness under pressure, you’re made to wear our world-famous uniform – a truly defining moment in your Cabin Crew career.
In the days before headrest technology, we’d show films on one big screen for everyone to watch. Times change though. The technology and entertainment now accessible on board would astound the flyers of the past. To keep up with today’s customer expectations, we all have to embrace change.
As a member of our Cabin Crew, you will be at the forefront of this change. We’re not just talking about technology – and showing customers how to connect to wi-fi or find old Mr Bean episodes or the latest Marvel movie. We’re stepping up and finding new ways to ensure customers enjoy memorable flights. Flights that will keep them coming back. We want to keep improving – it’s how we’re made. Calling out to all you experienced Cabin Crew…. What will you bring to the future of British Airways?
As a new joiner, you’ll be warmly welcomed to our state-of-the-art training facility. Safety is our first priority across British Airways and in your training too. For experienced Cabin Crew from carriers not in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) you’re required to obtain a Cabin Crew Attestation (CCA) as part of your Cabin Crew New Entrant Training.
You’ll undertake this attestation with one of our world class third-party partners. Gaining this will allow you to legally undertake Cabin Crew duties on European Community-Registered Aircraft. Your qualifications will then be revalidated annually as part of your British Airways Cabin Crew Training.
From obtaining your CCA, you will continue on with your British Airways New Entrant Training at our state-of-the-art training facility.
Already hold a valid European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) attestation? Then you can start your British Airways New Entrant Training without having to undertake the CCA training again. You will go straight to our Cabin Crew training courses.
Salary, Bonuses & Benefits
Being part of our Heathrow Cabin Crew can be tough and tiring. You might spend birthdays and Christmases in the air. But there’s no life like this, and it’s rewarding in so many ways.
Crew will be able to earn up to £28,000 a year with flying/duty pay and a tax-fee subsistence allowance, as well as generous company benefits, including Staff Travel benefits from day 1 of joining us.
You will receive an hourly payment when you’re flying and on duty. A subsistence allowance when you fly and have the opportunity to earn a performance bonus, plus commission on inflight retail and Buy on Board sales.
- Paid annual leave starting at 30 days per year
- Preference bidding – allowing you to request periodic work schedules
- Investment in ongoing training and development
- Attractive travel concessions across our extensive network and other airlines*
- Unlimited discounted airfares for your friends and family
- Innovative leadership and management programmes
- Contributory company pension and flexible benefits
- Access to British Airways Health Services
- Life insurance
- Subsidised staff restaurants
- Dedicated secure car parking close to the terminals
- Designer uniform
- Discounts at selected car hire, hotels and retail stores
* after qualifying period of six months
We may alter or withdraw non-contractual benefits at our discretion from time to time.
1. Start your journey
Please do read as much as you can about us and the role before you apply. You will find lots of useful information across all of our websites but in particular our careers website. We ask that you complete an online application and assessment and we promise, whether successful or not, that you will receive a feedback report. If you pass the initial screening, we will ask you to self-book onto an assessment centre. Don’t worry it will all make sense once you start the process!
2. Assessment Centre
Well done for making it this far! Assessment centres are held twice a day, at our British Airways recruitment centre at our Waterside Head Office, near Heathrow. The day is designed to showcase your skills; there are a number of real-life exercises which will give you a flavour of what to expect should you join us at British Airways. The assessment involves a height and reach test, a role play, and a group exercise. If successful you will be invited to interview with two British Airways colleagues. During the day, you will meet a number of colleagues who will answer any questions you may have. We will also need to check your “Right to work” in the UK.
Congratulations! We will send you your offer and contract with your start date via the application portal. Once you’ve signed your contract, please complete the additional information requested. You will have access to the “Welcome” site which will give you some useful information before joining.
4. Pre-Employment checks
Nearly there! We will initiate your pre-employment and security checks; these will include Criminal Record Checks (CRC), financial probity and full 5 year pre-employment airside checks. We will also ask you to book your medical, a uniform fitting, security interview appointment.
5. Joining British Airways
You did it! Once your pre-employment checks are successfully completed we will invite you to attend your Cabin Crew New Entrant Training. We are committed to hiring the very best talent and cannot wait for you to join.
Your career at Heathrow
The secret to a successful career with us is delivering the very best in hospitality and service on every flight, every day, and to every customer. As you become more experienced, and successfully complete our various development programmes, you may have the skills required to move into a leadership role, or into another part of British Airways entirely.
Our Heathrow Cabin Crew have the resilience, dedication and passion to deliver the very best in-flight customer service on both long-haul and short-haul routes.
Heathrow Inflight Leads will deliver a great in-flight experience, meeting all safety standards and at times take the leading role onboard our short-haul flights.Learn more
Heathrow Inflight Managers lead, motivate and inspire a team of up to 22 Cabin Crew in the air and 12 on the ground– role modelling the best of British Airways, red, white and blue.Learn more
Have a question about becoming a member of the British Airways Cabin Crew? Go to our FAQs page.
As a company our number one priority is to maintain the safety and security of our people and our customers. Pre-employment checks on all new joiners are essential. We have specific regulatory requirements that apply to these checks, as we are an aviation business.
These checks may seem quite complex and time consuming. But don’t worry, we’re here to guide and support you through the entire process. For airside roles we need to do a full five year pre-employment check, this includes education, ALL jobs, gaps and holidays of more than 28 days, along with documentary evidence. It is important that you provide us with accurate, and in-depth information. Discrepancies cause delay and may affect your start date.
You will also need to apply for a Criminal Records Check (CRC) also known as a Disclosure Baring Service Certificate (DBSC) and an overseas CRC if you have lived abroad in the last five years. If you already have an overseas criminal record certificate that is over 10 weeks old, it is valid if you have not returned to the country of issue to reside.
Typically, the CRC or DBSC will take two weeks to be issued, the overseas CRC will vary from country to country. The Pre-employment checks for airside will typically take around 16 weeks, the time will vary depending on the number of jobs, periods of education and gaps we have to check, and validate.
We will work with you, and our 3rd Party suppliers to make sure the process is as seamless as possible. Your help is vital, and much appreciated.