Finnair has announced plans to recruit “hundreds” of new cabin crew with applications now being accepted on the official Finnair careers website. The Finnish airline said the recruitment drive was needed as the carrier pushes to double its Asian traffic by 2018.
Founded back in 1932, Finnair is one of the world’s oldest airlines and now flies to over 100 destinations throughout Finland, Europe and Asia as well as the United States. From its hub in Helsinki, Finnair operates a relatively small fleet of 60 aircraft which includes the ultra-modern Airbus A350.
In recent years, Finnair has been using its northerly position to act as the ‘short way’ to Asia for passengers travelling from Europe and North America. In August, Finnair announced a new route to Nanjing in China, bringing its footprint in the country to seven destinations and 19 cities throughout Asia.
The cabin crew recruitment campaign started a couple of weeks ago and Finnair plans to start the first new recruit training courses by the end of September. Recruitment will continue over the next few months with all new cabin crew to be based in Helsinki.
As a Finnish company with positions only available at the airline’s hub, you will need to be a Finnish citizen or already hold a Finnish work permit for this position. The airline is looking for “for customer-oriented team players who feel passionate about customer satisfaction and high-quality service.”
You’ll also need to meet these minimum criteria:
- At least 18-years of age
- Educated to Secondary level
- A minimum of 160cm tall
- Able to swim at least 50 metres
- No visible tattoos or piercings
- Healthy and fit – able to comply with EASA regulations
It’s important to note that you must be able to speak and read English fluently. You don’t necessarily need to speak Finnish but it’s a massive bonus if you do – candidates who possess these skills will be preferred over non-Finnish speakers.
To apply, visit the official Finnair recruitment website here. Applications have to submitted online. Candidates who pass the initial selection phase will then have to sit a number of online assessments. Finally, shortlisted applications will go through an Assessment Day and Final Interview.
Finnair is looking primarily for full-time, permanent cabin crew but there are some positions open for fixed-contract and part-time workers as well. You’ll be expected to work on both short-haul and long-haul services.
The training course takes a rather lengthy 8-weeks and Finnair doesn’t pay its new recruits any additional salary during this time. Ouch!