India's Emerging Airline Industry

Jet Airways

India’s advancement on the world scene is remarkable and noteworthy. At one time this Asian nation of 1.2 billion people seemed hopelessly stuck in the past, regulating its few notable industries and squelching innovation.

India Then And Now

Today, India has transformed itself into a county with a strong global presence. Certainly, the country has deeply ingrained poverty problems, but compared to one generation ago when its population was roughly half its current size, India’s advancement internally and internationally is worth noting.

As recently as the mid-1990s, India’s airline industry was heavily regulated and controlled by just two air carriers — government-backed Air India and Indian Airlines. Up until that time, India’s populace relied almost exclusively on train travel to get from city to city, with air travel reserved only for those people who could afford it.

Repeal of the 1953 Air Corporations Act

With the 1994 repeal of the 1953 act

nationalizing its airline industry, India began to open the door to competition from private companies which is evident today as the strongest airlines operating from India are privately-held. Airlines such as Kingfisher, Jet Airways, Air Sahara (now JetLite), IndiGo, and SpiceJet are providing the bulk of the service for Indians and, increasingly as with Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways, are global competitors too.

On the cargo front, Blue Dart Aviation and Deccan Holdings’ Flyington Freighters are two of the largest dedicated freight movers serving India.

Flight Attendants Or Flying Models?

Several Indian air carriers are hiring and will consider international crewmembers. However, if you are an American or Canadian citizen who is considering this option, you may want to acquaint yourself with Indian customs before applying.

Specifically, some airlines will hire only women who must be of a certain age, and are looking for what they consider to be “flying models” as in the case of Kingfisher

. While this custom may appear to be archaic, if not outright illegal, Westerners should remember that local customs and laws prevail — if this is something you find objectionable, then applying elsewhere is my recommendation. Cabin Managers exists simply to provide you with relevant information — the decision where you want to work rests with you.

Most of India’s fleet is modern as both Boeing and Airbus are supplying the airlines with aircraft they need for rapidly expanding travel demand. With a growing middle class, customer demand will continue unabated opening the door for additional business opportunities.

Whether you want to pursue a career with India’s finest may be another matter, but it is an option that didn’t even exist just a few years ago.

Cover Letters

Why You Should Still Send A Cover Letter

Palm PDA

Email has transformed the way that we communicate as we have exchanged the written letter for an electronic copy, usually quickly typed from our computer keyboard or via cell phone text messaging or with a PDA device. Clearly, the communication rules are changing but one thing remains just about the same: you need to include a cover letter with your resume.

Sure, there are exceptions, specifically when an employer tells you that one isn’t necessary, but if you are attaching your resume to an email, don’t you think that at the very least a few sentences about you can come in handy?

Hard Or Soft Copy: Much Remains The Same

Whether sending your resume off via email or snail mail, there are some things about a cover letter which hold true. Let’s take a look at the cover letter essentials, a document which can make or break you:

Your contact information: If you are sending your cover letter via email, then your contact information is your email address. However, leaving nothing to chance, you may want to conclude your letter with your name, address, phone number, and repeat your email address. On a hard (printed) copy of your cover letter, this information should go on top of your cover letter just as it is found on your resume.

Today’s date: Only necessary on the hard copy of your letter, as your email will be date-stamped when it has been sent electronically.


The printed version of your cover letter should include the contact person’s name, title, company and address (city, state, zip). Of course, when sending it electronically getting the contact person’s name right is very important, if known. Otherwise Ladies and Gentlemen:

will be the proper salutation to use.

Body of the Letter: The usual “Dear: So and So” should be followed by two or three brief paragraphs where you mention the specific job you are interested in; followed by your qualifications, skills, and education; your interest in the company; and concluding with your desire to set up an interview. The “body” part should be the same whether your cover letter goes out as an email or is printed.


I leave nothing to chance by almost always “signing” my email and concluding it with contact information. Do likewise when sending a hard copy and send both the cover letter and resume off via snail mail or attach the resume in an email and send it out that way.

In some cases companies refuse attachments in a bid to avoid you inadvertently transferring a virus with your email. In that case, write your cover letter and immediately after your concluding part cut and paste your resume and have it follow the cover letter.

Standing Out From The Pack

Some people wonder, “why all the bother with a cover letter?” Well, companies screen candidates and one way they decide who is worth considering are those people who pay attention to detail.

You don’t want to give a company reasons why not hire you before you have a chance to demonstrate in person why you’re their best candidate. A cover letter can make the difference for the person who spends a little extra time crafting a winning copy.

Special thanks to LisaRae, whose Palm photograph graces this page.