(Last updated on: 13/12/2021)
Today I bring to you an interview with an ex-student of mine, Aaron Peters. Since completing his degree in Airport and Airport Management he has worked as Cabin Crew for Monarch, been a Resort Representative for Olympic Holidays, worked as a Travel Consultant for Oneworld Travel Group, and is now a Route Revenue Analyst for Jet2. He is an excellent example of how working as Cabin Crew can open up many doors for you in the aviation industry! Here’s what he had to say about his time working as Cabin Crew for Monarch.
1- Which airline did/do you work for?
2- What was the application process like?
The application process for Monarch was to upload you CV and cover letter followed by 4 competency based questions which were:
- What do you know about Monarch Airlines and why do you want to work for them?
- Name a time you were flexible / adaptable?
- Give a time you had to work in a team?
- Name a time you had to work under pressure?
3- What did the assessment day consist of?
The assessment day consisted of a general knowledge quiz which was around 20 questions. We had to get measured for height, and then we had 2 practical group tasks to participate in where you had to work as part of a group. We then had to present our ideas/findings to the rest of the group. Finally there was a 2-1 interview.
4- What was the training course like?
The training course was approximately 5 weeks. It was held at Monarch’s crew room at Leeds Bradford Airport (due to that being where I was based) then Monarch sent us down to Luton Airport. Ttravel and accommodation were included for 2 nights to complete the practical training. This involved
- swimming/life rafts
- cabin training
- evacuation down the slides
- opening and closing the doors
- fire training
5- What’s your roster like?
My roster was different every week, including flights, some airport standbys, home standbys and days off. Giving that Monarch only operated short haul flights and to 10 different destinations from Leeds Bradford, I was out and back to Leeds after every flight with no night stops. Depending on the length of flights I could have been on a run of 3 flights a week, up to 5/6 flights a week. As the aircraft at Leeds operated 4 sectors a day, the crew only operated 2: either mornings or afternoons. This could change weekly.
6- Can you give a rough idea of the average salary?
Monarch salary was £11,000 per annum as I was on a fixed term contract from February – November. On top of that Monarch, paid me an hourly rate when flying (I think this was around £2.40 ish?) then on top of that Monarch crew earned a flat 9% commission on everything they sold from the bars – including food, drinks and duty free. If crew were on a day off and Monarch required them to work, they would have been entitled to a day-off payment of £120 to do the flight, which was optional. If you had an airport standby, Monarch paid £25 extra for this also.
7- What is the best thing about working for this airline?
The best thing for me about working for Monarch Airlines was being based at Leeds Bradford with only 2 aircraft there and around 40 cabin crew. It became a family environment. Everybody knew everybody very well! Being lucky enough to train and fly with people who turned out to be my closest and best friends today making unforgettable memories will stay with me forever. Another great thing about Monarch Airlines was the standby travel they offered staff. This meant I could take 1/2/3 night breaks away and just pay the taxes for the flight (around £30/£40 return). Furthermore, Monarch really looked after its staff when working for them. All crew members were provided with a 2 litre bottle of water and 2 meals per in/outbound flight.
8- What is the worst thing about working for this airline?
The worst thing about working for Monarch was I wasn’t allowed to request my holiday leave and it was already given at a set specific time.
9- What advice would you give to people who want to work for this airline?
Sadly as Monarch is not around anymore, this is impossible. However, I was lucky enough to work for an airline and brand that was much loved throughout the UK by passengers and staff and it was really obvious how passionate people were about the airline.