Creating the inflight experience
A career as a flight attendant at Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air is fast-paced, responsibility-filled—and a lot of fun. Constant travel, a flexible schedule, meeting new people, and providing safe, comfortable, memorable journeys for guests make the life of a flight attendant endlessly exciting and rewarding.
What it takes
- Minimum age of 21 years
- A high school diploma or equivalent
- 2 years’ customer or community service experience
- Authorization to work in the U.S. and enter/exit Canada and Mexico
- Reach 80 vertical inches (approximately 5’2” in height)
- Pass training and swimming test
- Ability to represent the brand and live our values with pride and integrity
- A love for travel and a tolerance for wacky schedules in the beginning of your career
How we hire
After reviewing applications, we select and invite several applicants to attend an interview event. The high-energy event includes an orientation, group activities, and one-on-one interviews. We look at current Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines employees’ applications first.
If you accept a flight attendant position, you’ll be assigned to a class date to start training.
Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines provide 5-and-6 weeks, respectively, of tuition-free intensive training programs for each class of flight attendants. After training, flight attendants are equipped to fight fires, save lives and take on any obstacle. Trainees also spend time in the air working alongside current flight attendants for on-the-job experience.
- Training is six-days a week in Seattle, WA, and trainees must attend each day of class throughout the program.
- We provide shared hotel rooms with your classmates for the duration of training.
Your schedule after training
Upon completion of training, new flight attendants are on reserve. This means a block of time is scheduled in advance when you need to be available to be called out to work at a 2-hour notice.
The duration of your reserve status will be determined by your base seniority.
Also, as a flight attendant for either Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air, you will be part of The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) union.
During training, you’ll be assigned to a “home base.” While we serve more than 115 destinations, your flight schedules will start and end at your base, so you’ll need to relocate or commute to that location. As you gain seniority, you’ll be able to bid for different bases.