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What is a Corporate Flight Attendant?

Mary McMahon
Updated Mar 02, 2024
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A corporate flight attendant is a flight attendant who provides services on noncommercial aircraft such as corporate jets and charter planes. Like other flight attendants, corporate flight attendants are concerned with the safety and comfort of their passengers, but they also perform a range of specialty services unique to private aviation. Some people in corporate or business flight attendant careers start out in the commercial aviation industry and later transition, while others specifically receive training to qualify as corporate attendants so that they can start work in this field immediately.

In some cases, using a flight attendant may be required by law. On smaller private flights, this member of the crew is not required, but can be very useful, because the pilot and copilot need to focus on flying, and cannot provide passenger services. The corporate flight attendant helps to prepare the plane for takeoff, handles clients while they are aboard, and prepares the plane for the next flight once the clients have reached their destination.

Corporate flight attendants handle luggage, food service, and seating just like regular flight attendants, but they also provide more personalized services. International companies may retain bilingual attendants who can provide services to diverse clients, and cultural training may also be provided so that flight attendants feel comfortable with people from a wide range of cultures and religions. A corporate flight attendant might, for example, don hijab to serve Muslim clients, or observe formal etiquette when working with Japanese clients.

Although flight attendants are not technically public relations professionals, they are part of the overall image of the companies that they work for. When a company sends a plane to pick up clients, the corporate flight attendant may provide the first face to face interaction with the company for the client, and he or she may make or break a deal with service. A good corporate flight attendant is flexible, friendly, and highly attentive to the needs of passengers.

Some private flight attendant jobs take the form of fill in work, with a flight attendant registering which an agency which provides placement services. Others may be attached to a particular aircraft as part of the plane's regular staff, or be among the air crew used by a specific aviation company or private corporation which provides air travel to its clients and staff. Pay for the staff who work on a private plane tends to be better than for those working in commercial aviation, especially if staffers have years of experience and specialized training which can include the quality of their service.

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Mary McMahon
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Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a Practical Adult Insights researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments

By anon303520 — On Nov 14, 2012

This is my honest opinion as a graduate of Beyond and Above Corporate Flight Attendant Training.

Anyone who's considering spending $3,500 for the class should understand a few things that aren't listed on the website. You will get some certificates, but some are not recognized by most corporate jet companies. Upon graduation I've sent out many resumes, and followed "guidance" from Beyond and Above, but have not received any interest. After talking with two teachers, I found out they do not guarantee a job! Instead, this is their recommendation: spend eight hours a day for a month sending resumes to a list of uninterested companies/not hiring/and not affiliated with Beyond and Above.

Pretty much, once you've "graduated", expect no personal attention at all given to your job search. Don't expect a contact from them. Expect debt. Their idea of job references equates to them providing you with a list of companies that can found on the internet for free. I feel like I might need to go to the Better Business Bureau to have them investigated so other people don't get taken advantage of the way I have.

Both of the teachers had higher priorities, and "did not have time" when I tried to talk to them, and they disconnected me before I could give them information for them to call me back.

I am not satisfied with the course, and feel the market is over-saturated right now!

Mary McMahon

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