Cabin Crew Height and Reach Requirements

Here’s our ‘at a glance’ guide to the height and reach requirements for some of the most popular airlines.

Please do check the job description for the post you’re applying for carefully as the requirements will be clearly listed here too – sometimes there may be slight differences.

For example for regional flight crew there may be a height restriction specified in the job description due to the smaller aircraft used on this route.

Some airlines have different height requirements for male and female crew members.

For the airlines who do not specify a minimum height it’s reach that is important, this is will be assessed through a reach test.

Airline Min Height (cm)Max Height (cm)Min Reach (cm)
Air Europa165 (f) 170 (m)208
BMI Regional157.5175
British Airways158186201
Cathay Pacific208
Eastern147
Easyjet157.5190
Emirates160212
Ethiad210
Flybe157188
Jet2157
KLM Cityhopper158185
KLM158190
Lufthansa160195
Monarch157.5187
Norwegian165 (f) 170 (m)
Qantas163183
Qantas Link153183
Qatar212
Ryanair157188
Singapore158 (f) 165 (m)
Stobart Air157188
Swissair158
Thomas Cook165
Titan157.5
TUI162
Virgin157.5210
Wizz Air165 (f) 175(m)210
The minimum height on most European airlines is 157cm. Some airlines will consider exceptions (within reason) for applicants with previous cabin crew experience.

Where the maximum height is not specified and an applicant is particularly tall the airline will take everything into consideration – if you’re a promising candidate this may just mean you’d only be offered work on certain routes i.e. long haul where the aircraft are larger.

Remember you can also check out our airline guides, which have the basic information and requirements for each airline laid out for you!

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Hannah

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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