Regional Recruits prepare to take off!

When Air New Zealand regional cabin crew recruits arrive in Christchurch on the first day of their three-week training course, they are excited and a little anxious. Just a few days later, they have relaxed and got to know each other. Then it’s off to the studio known as the Clothes Hangar for uniform fitting […]

When Air New Zealand regional cabin crew recruits arrive in Christchurch on the first day of their three-week training course, they are excited and a little anxious. Just a few days later, they have relaxed and got to know each other. Then it’s off to the studio known as the Clothes Hangar for uniform fitting as well as grooming training.

 

Cabin crew recruits take part in a group survival exercise in a pool. They must pass a swimming test that includes rescue towing.
Cabin crew recruits take part in a group survival exercise in a pool. They must pass a swimming test that includes rescue towing.

From day one, the trainees start learning about emergency and on-board procedures, such as where to find equipment and how to use it – and they have plenty of hands-on practice. The operating manual quickly becomes the recruits’ best friend.

Building on their comprehensive first-aid training, they learn about aviation medicine, oxygen and the effects of altitude on the body. They sit two exams and are tested constantly throughout the training process. The recruits also take part in wet drills (water-based rescue and survival tasks), which are great for team bonding.

At the end of their final training week the recruits graduate in their new uniforms and get ready for the next step: in flight training.