United Airlines is once again accepting applications for new flight attendants, with the carrier continuing to benefit from robust consumer demand, especially from premium leisure passengers who have so far not been scared away by the threat of economic turmoil looming on the horizon.
After passing United’s multi-stage hiring procedure, newly hired flight attendants are required to complete a rigorous six-and-a-half-week training course at United’s unique training facility in Houston, where they receive their wings and begin to fly the friendly skies.
Starting salary for a flight attendant hired right out of training school is just $28.88 per hour, but depending on seniority, it can reach $67.11 for the best crew members. Flight attendants who speak multiple languages may be paid more.
Like other major U.S. airlines, United does not pay first-training flight attendants a full salary, although it does provide housing and breakfast and lunch. A $140 weekly per diem is also provided to trainee personnel to help with additional meals and costs.
Although United claims to offer a payment plan to spread out the expense over several paychecks, flight attendants must additionally cover the cost of their initial set of uniforms and luggage.
Flight attendants will be dispatched to one of United’s seven hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, or Washington Dulles after training is complete.
United plans to hire up to 4,000 flight attendants in 2023 alone, and the Houston training facility will graduate 600 flight attendants each month in addition to seasoned crew members completing refresher training.
Although the Chicago-based carrier unexpectedly lost money in the first quarter, chief executive Scott Kirby is optimistic that United will turn a profit for the entire year.
Travel demand, especially for international flights, is rising, which has boosted both U.S. and European international airlines.