The job market for flight attendants is mixed with most of the established air carriers not in the hiring mood, but their are exceptions to this rule. Many of the discount air carriers, including Southwest Airlines, are not hiring either, which means that applicants should study the market closely for trends.
As Spring 2008 begins, we know that the following air carriers are hiring. Please click on the links for additional information:
Atlantic Southeast Airlines — Once part of the Delta network, ASA is now linked with SkyWest, another big regional air carrier.
— In my many years of tracking hiring trends, I don’t think the “We’re Hiring!” sign has ever been taken down from Colgan’s website.
— The same drill for Mesaba and Pinnacle applies for Compass. Please read the Mesaba information below.
Continental Airlines — This legacy carrier is actively seeking applicants. Fill out everything online to get started.
— Operating as United Express, GoJet is based in St. Louis and currently accepting flight attendant applications.
Mesa Air Group — Mesa partners with several airlines including Delta, United, USAirways, and Midwest Airlines. Therefore, the company isn’t wholly dependent on one airline. Currently, Mesa is recruiting in Honolulu (HNL) but you must be willing to work on the mainland, if necessary.
— As a wholly owned subsidiary of Northwest Airlines, there has been some concern how Mesaba would fair should Northwest and Delta merge. At least for now, the airline is hiring for their Memphis (ME), Minneapolis (MSP), and Detroit (DTW) bases.
Omni Air International — Based in Tulsa (TUL), Omni flies non-schedule flights for sports teams, corporations, etc. A tiny operator, the airline does have the occasional hiring fair, a great way for you to learn about this airline in person. The airline’s current fleet consists exclusively of DC10-30 aircraft with upper and lower deck galleys and B757-200ER aircraft.
— Read what I wrote about Mesaba, the same applies here. But, they are accepting applications.
— Flying as Chautauqua (say that three times fast), Republic, and Shuttle America, this airline group seems to always welcome new applicants.
Ryan International Airlines — They are hiring or they are not. You’ll find Ryan advertising on job sites, but find nothing on their website about openings. This can change at a moment’s notice.
Trans States Airlines — Operating as American Connection or as a United or USAirways subsidiary, TSA is currently accepting applications.
— Flying as Air Wisconsin, this airline is opening up new bases in Raleigh (RDU) and New York (LGA) and is hiring.
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this page was updated in May 2008 to reflect Skybus’ bankruptcy and subsequent removal from this list.