Breeze Airways is now hiring part-time flight attendants, and this is arguably the least controversial hiring practice we’ve seen from the airline.
For those of you unfamiliar with Breeze, this American airline startup is expected to launch in the spring. It was founded by David Neeleman, the same guy who started JetBlue.
Breezes controversial attitude so far
The hiring practices of Breeze Airways were rather questionable up to this point.
Breeze hired flight attendants in an unconventional way, requiring them to enroll in an online university and live in corporate accommodation. In other words, the airline excluded anyone with a college degree or family, and also charged the newly hired with paying tuition fees.
On the one hand, I think this is a great way to give some people the opportunity to get a job and an education. On the flip side, it seemed to be the motivation to make this a temporary job rather than a career, excluding people with families, a college degree, etc.
Breeze Airways’ approach to hiring pilots is also controversial, as the airline essentially offers regional jet pilot remuneration with significantly higher requirements. People disagree on whether this is just a smart deal given the current situation or whether the airline is trying to take advantage of the pilots if they lose their luck.
Breeze Airways is now hiring part-time flight attendants
Breeze Airways is now hiring flight attendants for the first time under a contract that does not require university enrollment. Instead, Breeze is now hiring part-time flight attendants:
- Breeze is looking for employees who live in the southeastern United States
- Breeze hires flight attendants under a four-year contract and receives a cash payment at the end of the four-year contract
- Part-time flight attendants work a minimum of eight days per month (or 40 flight hours) and a maximum of 12 days per month (or 60 flight hours). For comparison, flight attendants typically (pre-pandemic) work closer to 100 hours per month, or in some cases even more
Candidates must be at least 20 years old and have a high school diploma.
That seems like a fair concept … I think?
On the surface, I think this concept of Breeze is smart and reasonable:
- It is interesting that Breeze is specifically looking for flight attendants in the southeastern US, which clearly suggests that the airline will have a focus there with its route network
- The concept of flight attendants working part-time for the next several years seems reasonable given the current state of the industry to meet expectations. I hope this is the motive here, and not just an attempt to cut costs by not getting health insurance, avoiding union formation, etc.
- This could be a cool gig for someone who wants to become a flight attendant but doesn’t want to work full time. At the same time, I envision that the schedules are rather inconsistent, and I can’t imagine this offering that much flexibility for someone who has a life outside of their job
In addition to hiring flight attendants who must enroll at an online university, Breeze is now also hiring part-time flight attendants in the southeastern United States.
Given the current state of the aviation industry, it seems reasonable enough for the airline to want to hire part-time workers. While many flight attendants at other US airlines are basically working part-time due to the pandemic, this is, to my knowledge, the first time (at least in recent times) that an airline has explicitly undertaken a flight escort part-time.
What do you think of Breeze, which hires part-time flight attendants?
(Hat tip to Jamie)