Delta Air Lines has issued this statement:
Chosen from among thousands of applicants, Delta Air Lines flight attendants are recognized as the best in the business. And with more than 1,000 open positions for 2018, Delta is seeking dedicated, service-oriented professionals who love to be on-the-go, help others and enjoy variety in their work.
Last year 150,000 applicants applied for roughly 1,200 coveted flight attendant jobs at Delta. After reviewing 35,000 video interviews and conducting 6,000 in-person interviews, fewer than 1 percent of applicants were selected – based on those odds, it’s easier to get into an Ivy League school than to become a Delta flight attendant*.
“Earning and wearing the wings of Delta is something our flight attendants are proud of and passionate about, as they should be,” said Allison Ausband, Delta’s Senior Vice President – In-Flight Service. “After making it through the highly competitive and exhaustive selection process, they put all their previous experience and skills to the test during our flight attendant initial training.
“There’s no doubt we hire the best of the best because the caliber of people wanting to work for our great airline is top-notch. They see that what makes Delta different is our people and the unique culture we share together, and they want to be part of that winning team.”
To give top talent a better understanding of just what it takes to join the best in the business, Delta is launching the ‘Earning our Wings’ mini-series. A new episode will post each Monday and Thursday to YouTube and the Delta News Hub for the next 10 weeks, chronicling the journey of five new hires as they make their way through the eight-week training program each new flight attendant must complete at Delta’s Atlanta headquarters.
From CPR to putting out (literal) fires and water evacuations to Delta One meal presentation, these new recruits will be put to the test. With the support of their teammates, they will have to find it in themselves to accomplish each of the challenges they face. In the end, will they have what it takes to represent Delta and earn their wings?
The Ideal Candidate
Applicants must have a high school degree or GED, the ability to work in the U.S., English fluency and be at least 21 years of age by Jan. 1, 2018. Since Delta flights operate day and night, year-round, flight attendants must work a flexible schedule.
The best resumes will include:
- More than one year of work experience in a personalized customer service, patient care or similar role
- Experience in a role ensuring the safety and/or care of others (teacher, military, EMT, firefighter, coach, law enforcement, lifeguard, nurse, etc.)
- Education beyond high school
- Fluency in a language other than English: These applicants are considered for “Language of Destination” flight attendant roles, which offer additional pay as well as special responsibilities
The top priority for every Delta flight attendant is to ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers while providing exceptional customer service. The full list of responsibilities is available in the job description.
Delta Air Lines is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other legally protected status.
*5.1 percent acceptance rate at Harvard University in 2016: https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/admissions-statistics
Photo: Delta Air Lines. Delta’s new uniform collection, which combines high fashion with quality and functionality, will take flight on May 29, 2018 for more than 60,000 uniformed Delta employees.