Flight Steward
New Zealand Defence Force
6d ago

About the role

Being ready and able to take action in the event of an inflight or ground emergency is the primary aspect of your role. You’ll receive all the training required to enable you to control emergency situations, operate emergency equipment, administer first aid and direct passenger evacuation.


Prior preparation is essential for the safe, effective and efficient conduct of any flight. As a Flight Steward you will conduct pre-flight inspections of emergency equipment and aircraft systems, complete aircraft documentation, plan and request crew and passenger catering requirements, liaise with both external and internal agencies, load rations and equipment prior to passenger arrival and assist with passenger boarding.


There is no typical flight on the B757; you may be responsible for tasks carrying military, veteran or civilian personnel, freight, resupply flights to Antarctica, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief or VIP tasks carrying passengers such as the Prime Minister or Royal family.

Your job will involve :

  • Conducting safety briefings
  • Securing the aircraft cabin prior to take-off and landing and in turbulence
  • Taking action in the event of an in-flight emergency
  • Carrying out First Aid procedures if required
  • Preparing and providing inflight passenger service
  • Ensuring passengers comply with international agriculture and customs requirements
  • Representing New Zealand and the RNZAF at the highest levels when dealing with
  • national and international VIPs

    Your duties don’t end after landing at your destination or transit airfield. You will liaise with catering agencies, prepare the aircraft cabin and equipment for the next day’s flying and you may be required to escort passengers to their accommodation

    On occasion veterans fly onboard the B757 to attend commemorations of battles fought overseas. On these flights you will escort the veterans to parades and functions in such countries as France and Turkey.

    The crew can also be requested to represent the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) at VIP functions.

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