Careers in the air - Cabin Crew

Application process for Cabin Crew recruitment has now closed. Thank you for your interest.

As cabin crew you can potentially earn between €1,700 and €1,900 monthly take home pay (inclusive of base and variable pay on a monthly average throughout a Summer season*).

Cabin crew training is provided at our in-house Training Academy, Iolar House, located in the heart of Dublin Airport. Throughout your training you will learn a wide range of topics from theoretical and practical components, health and safety procedures through to grooming and guest experience .Cabin Crew training at the Training Academy are paid a training salary, so you can earn as you train.

If you're interested in a career in the air click on the video below to view the experience of our current crew members Suzanne and Shona.

*Calculation based on a single person's tax allowance credits.


There are a wide variety of responsibilities and duties that Cabin Crew have but ultimately the job involves keeping every guest safe, while making their day special.

No day is the same for Cabin Crew and challenges do arise onboard a flight which our Cabin Crew must deal with. (It could be that on any given day, you are called upon to be a counsellor, a nurse, a maitre d, a waiter or waitress.)

Only on your own time. Aer Lingus Cabin Crew rarely leave the airports they fly to, apart from those on the long haul flights to the USA.

The hours are varied. There is a 24/7 commitment so flexibility is key for our Cabin Crew. There is always the possibility that delays beyond your control may extend your hours. Safety always comes first, so if you are part of a crew, you need to be able to accept that the plane may not take off on time, and you may not make it home for that important occasion. You must be prepared to work shifts, unsociable hours, weekends, holidays and overnights.

We expect all our Cabin Crew to have:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Self- motivated flexible and adaptable
  • Well-developed team work skills with leadership potential
  • Proven customer service skills
  • Awareness of our Guest expectations
  • Professional, with a positive attitude to work
  • Aware of commercial opportunities in an ever changing environment

    It is essential that our Cabin Crew would:

    • Be 18 years of age or over
    • Eligible to live and work in the Republic of Ireland without restriction? (i.e. EU passport Holder or Non-EEA Citizen holding Stamp 4)
    • Fluent in English, both spoken and written
    • Hold a valid EEA Passport allowing unrestricted worldwide travel.
    • Have at least 12 Months combined experience in a customer service/sales role

No, but it is an advantage to help assist our non-English speaking Guests on board.

If you are offered a job as Cabin Crew, it will be dependent on you passing a few other tests. You will have to be able to pass a post-offer medical and prove that you are a competent swimmer, able to swim 25 meters in a pool and tread water.

You must always look professional in the uniform. You must be willing to adhere to all our uniform standards. They include that no tattoos, body piercings or tongue rings are visible while you are in uniform. Tattoos may not be covered with adhesive bandages or by other methods, to render them not visible.

The vision requirement is that 20/40 corrected should not be exceeded. You do need to pass a sight test, but you will be allowed to wear glasses or contact lenses for this.

Initial training takes approximately six weeks and is based in our training academy in Dublin. The first five weeks are mainly classroom based in our in house training academy based at Dublin airport, after which you will put your learning into practice on board our aircraft. If you successfully pass our assessment at this stage, you will fly with more experienced crew members for another 3 months at which point you will be passed as fully qualified.

There is quite a lot of study involved. You will receive a home study pack before you attend Cabin Crew training. When training starts, you will be covering subjects such as aircraft layout, emergency procedures and evacuations, first aid and CPR, self defence, hazardous materials, security and aviation regulations. You will also cover company policy and procedures, grooming standards, in-flight service, customer service, interpersonal skills and special guest handling.

Yes you will be paid a training salary so earn as you learn!

You will be provided with a uniform at no cost to you!

Aer Lingus offers its crew a competitive salary and also an attractive benefits package which includes but is not limited to:

  • Paid Training
  • Uniform costs fully covered
  • Concession travel
  • Free parking
  • Airport Discounts

Essential criteria for application

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Eligible to live and work in the Republic of Ireland without restriction (i.e. EU Passport Holder or Non-EEA Citizen holding Stamp 4)
  • 12 months combined experience in a face to face customer service/sales role
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written
  • Hold a valid EEA passport allowing unrestricted worldwide travel
  • No tattoos/piercing visible when in Aer Lingus uniform
  • Flexibility to work shifts, unsociable hours, weekends, holidays and overnights
  • You will need to provide a verifiable 5 year background check*
  • You will need to provide details of 3 contactable referees
  • You will be between 5‘2"- 6‘2" tall, with weight-height in proportion and can reach up to 6‘3"
  • Able to stand for long periods of time(at least 4 hours)
  • Able to lift objects up to 18Kgs and pull a beverage cart of 100kgs
  • Ability to arrive within 90 minutes from your base when on reserve duty
  • You need to be prepared to spend time away from base overnight and time on call
  • Able to swim 25m unaided and tread water for at least 1 minute
  • Prepared to complete a medical questionnaire and medical examination
  • To have visual acuity of 6/9 (aided or unaided)
  • If successful you will need to attend a pre-selection training course of up to 5 weeks in Dublin which will be taking place in May 2018

Desirable criteria

  • Ability to converse in a second European Language
  • Previous cabin crew experience and holders of an EASA Attestation of Initial Safety Training issued after April 2014

*If you are a non Irish Citizen, you will need to be in possession of a current police disclosure certificate from your home country. If you have lived outside the Republic of Ireland for more than 6 months you will also be required to hold a current police disclosure certificate from that country/countries.

Do I have what it takes? You will need to be...

  • An excellent communicator who can build relationships easily
  • A strong team player with proven interpersonal skills
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and adaptable who is comfortable working on their own initiative
  • Highly Professional and brand aware with a positive attitude to work
  • Commercially aware

Next stages of the process

  • All completed online application forms must be submitted by Sunday 8th April.
  • No further applications will be accepted after that time
  • You will receive an email acknowledging that we have received your application
  • Applications will be screened
  • Applicants who progress through the screening will receive short on-line assessments and will be given 3 days to complete. It is in your best interest to complete the assessments as soon as possible
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a final interview in Cork in April 2018.
  • Successful candidates will be contacted shortly thereafter
  • Training courses will commence in May 2018

If you believe you meet the above criteria and want to join a great team and world recognised brand then please apply now.

Aer Lingus is an equal opportunities employer