A casual walk-in interview changed Saloni Khanna’s (17) life. In second year college, Saloni was told by a friend about the Jet Airways interview for cabin crew.
“I was selected, though I fell short of the age limit by a year,” said 28-year-old Saloni, who left St Stephens College, Delhi, midway to take up the job.
“You need to look good and speak good English. With a little training, one can be put on duty immediately,” said Saloni who worked in Jet Airways for three-and-a-half years. She completed her graduation by correspondence and landed a job with Singapore Airlines, which wanted graduates.
But when she was forced to return to India (from Singapore) because of personal reasons there were no jobs. “I had to take up a job with Air Sahara for a year and was counting the days when Kingfisher Airline started recruiting,” said Saloni. “I joined as in-flight manager.”
A year later, in 2006, she was promoted to assistant base manager, in-flight, in Delhi, a job she continues to do. She helps the base manager handle 280 crew members. To retain her crew license, she flies occasionally as an in-flight manager.
In her 10-year career, Saloni has emerged as a bright star in this sector.