How to Become a Flight Attendant at Air France

Flight attendants sometimes mediate conflicts between passengers.
Flight attendants sometimes mediate conflicts between passengers. (Image: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Air France has high standards for their flight attendants, as the position puts the attendants in close contact with customers on a daily basis. Prospective flight attendants must have customer service experience and the ability to work well within a team, as well as the necessary certifications to ensure they can communicate properly and know all the safety protocols required for flights.

Basic Requirements

You must be a citizen of a country in the European Economic Area, and have passed A-levels or have a high school diploma or its equivalent. You must speak fluent French and English; any other languages you may know are seen as a bonus and may influence which flights you're offered once hired. Upon getting the job, you get paid while going through commercial and security training courses; you also get paid for other training at intervals throughout your employment by Air France.

Obtain the Necessary Certifications

You must obtain several certifications to become a flight attendant at Air France. Because it's an international airline, Air France requires a Test of English for International Communication, or TOEIC, certification, with a minimum score of 720, that is less than two years old. This test measures your everyday English skills, because working as a flight attendant will put you in an international setting. A Cabin Crew Attestation, which is a flight safety certificate issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in France, is also required. These are all prerequisites of applying for the flight attendant position, so none of this is paid, although Air France Consulting Academy, an Air France subsidiary, does offer training for the Cabin Crew Attestation certificate.

Personal Skills

Aside from safety and communication certifications, you also need strong interpersonal skills to be employed as a flight attendant at Air France. You must enjoy working with people and appreciate diversity, and be able to remain patient with difficult customers. You must also be an adaptable team player, as flight crews often change between flights.

There are no specific height or weight guidelines, but the airline does insist that attendants maintain excellent physical fitness. You must abide by a strict schedule in your personal life to ensure that you have enough time for adequate sleep and exercise between flights, which of course may have odd hours.

How to Apply

Air France accepts all applications through its [website] (, where you create a personal account and apply for any positions that may interest you. Use the site’s job alert feature to be notified by email of any positions that open in the future that match the profile you create in your account. When you receive an alert, apply to any job openings that fit your interests.

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