Virgin Atlantic Reopens Cabin Crew Applications For its London Heathrow Base

Virgin Atlantic has just reopened the recruitment process for cabin crew at its London Heathrow base but the application window will only be open for a very short time, and candidates will have to get their application submitted by September 24, 2023, at the latest.

This time around, Virgin Atlantic is hiring cabin crew on an initial six-month temporary contract, although this is normally extended to a permanent full-time contract, notwithstanding any major performance issues.

Working a full-time roster, Virgin Atlantic says cabin crew should expect to earn a basic annual salary of £19,266, plus nearly £5,000 in trip pay, commission and subsistence allowances.

Minimum application criteria include:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Already hold the right to live and work in the UK
  • Fit and healthy and able to swim 25 metres unaided
  • Minimum arm reach of 210cm

Last year, Virgin Atlantic said that its decision to scrap traditional gender-based uniform rules resulted in cabin crew application surging by 100%. Along with the airline’s liberal uniform rules, Virgin Atlantic is also one of the few airlines that allow cabin crew to display visible tattoos.

Later this year, Virgin Atlantic will launch flights to São Paulo from its Heathrow hub and restart popular winter sun services to Dubai and Cape Town. The airline is also launching flights to the Maldives and Turks & Caicos to complement its primarily North American, Caribbean and Indian route network.

By the end of the year, Virgin Atlantic is hoping to have recruited 350 additional new cabin crew. Applications must be submitted on the official Virgin Atlantic careers website here.

Mateusz Maszczynski

Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.

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