British Airways Cabin Crew Requirements

British Airways operates one of the largest and the most modern fleets of any airline in the world, and in 2016 was voted favourite airline in the Travel Weekly Globe awards.

Crew Base

London Heathrow (Mixed Fleet) – Long & Short Haul
London Gatwick (Gatwick Fleet) – Long & Short Haul

Cabin Crew Requirements:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Be between 5’2” (1.575m) and 6’1” (1.85m) tall, with weight in proportion to your height.
  • Have a vertical function reach of at least 2.01m (6’7).
  • Have 3 GCSE’s at Grade C or above or the equivalent (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Desirable in customer service experience.
  • Hold a valid passport (with a minimum of 12 months before expiry date) with unrestricted right to live and work in the UK and which allows unrestricted global travel.
  • You must be able to acquire a US Visa.
  • To provide satisfactory references for the last 5 years and to undergo a Criminal Record Check.
  • Be able to obtain and keep an airside pass.
  • Be able to work shifts covering 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the entire career.
  • Conduct stand-by duties close to your airport base.
  • Have no visible tattoos or body piercing.
  • Able to swim 50m (55 yards).


Between £21,000 & £25,000 per annum. This comprises of a starting salary of £12,192 per annum then an hourly payment when you are flying.

Other Benefits:

  • Bonuses awarded on performance and commission for inflight retail sales.
  • Annual leave starts at 30 days per year rising to 34 days per year.
  • Preference bidding (you can bid for certain destinations and state if you would prefer long or shortfall flying) but nothing is guaranteed and you will always have to do both long and short haul as it is in your contract.
  • Investment in ongoing training and development (Great to further your career prospects with a very reputable airline)
  • Attractive travel concessions across an extensive network and other airlines
  • Unlimited discounted airfares for your friends and family
  • Contributory company pension scheme (worth having)!
  • Life insurance
  • Subsidised staff restaurants (and often worldwide restaurants with your employee ID card)
  • Julien MacDonald designer uniform
  • Secure car parking close to Terminal 5 (whilst operating only as crew)
  • Free airport parking at Heathrow whilst on holiday
  • Discounts at selected car hire, hotels and retail stores (on presentation of your staff ID pass)
  • Excellent facilities at the award-winning Terminal 5 at Heathrow which includes our
    state-of-the-art Crew Report Centre

Company Facts:

CEO & Chairman: Alex Crux (started in April 2016)

Founded: 1910
Frequent-flyer program: Executive Club
Company slogan: To Fly. To Serve.
2015 Turnover: £11,333 million
Fleet Size: 283 (including the A380-800 and Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner)

British Airways Cabin Crew Jobs

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Hannah is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist specialising in recruitment, selection and assessment. This means she designs and assesses at selection days just like the ones airlines use.

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    1. The salary doesn’t vary based on your age however it may be more if you have previous Cabin Crew experience or apply for a Cabin Manager role.

  1. Hello
    I was just wondering if you were allowed to take your shoes of when checking the height requirements???

    Thank you

    1. Most airlines (like BA) ask you to take your shoes off when doing the reach test, although this may vary depending on who you apply to.

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