Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6 Posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2472 times:
Someone asked before how come Malaysia Airlines does not recruit European crew members and what would they look like in the sarong Kebaya...
Reading their latest Annual Report - they have stated that their priorities in recruiting cabin crew now lie in Language skills and following the successful introduction of Mandarin-speaking crew, their priorities now laid with recruiting Spanish, French, German and Afrikaans speaking cabin crew amongst other languages.
So - in theory - we may well be seeing a few blue-eyed, blonde crewmembers sporting the Sarong Kebaya soon.
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2421 times:
It's weird that they are going to hire crew from Spain instead of Argentina for its Spanish-speaking passengers considering the fact that the only Spanish-speaking country they serve is Argentina. Wouldn't it be easier for them to hire Spanish speaking FA from America or Argentina? What about Dutch and Italian passengers?
Also, their annual report reported that they are considering code-share deal with ANA - wonder if this will work out.
SQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2372 times:
If Mas777 had quoted the annual report correctly, what MH said was that they would be recruiting French, German, Afrikaan and Spanish speaking crew. So, if a Malaysian girl with the right qualities and speaks French or Spanish comes along, she might be recruited.
In the same vein, an Argentinian would be Spanish "speaking". No where does it say that MH will only recruit Spanish speaking crew from Spain.
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2310 times:
Please read my post again...
..."If Mas777 had quoted the annual report correctly, what MH said was that they would be recruiting French, German, Afrikaan and Spanish speaking crew..."
I never quoted them as hiring Spanish-speakers from Spain. I agree completely that a Malaysian satisfying the language credentials may well be hired but as stated in my post 'THEORETICALLY' this opens up the idea of Caucasian cabin crew.
I once had a Japanese crew member (and MAS has many) who proudly spoke French on board my flight from London and her badge had the Union Jack, Japanese Flag and the French Tricolor but interestingly no Malaysian flag... so I guess Malay would not be compulsory for foreign cabin crew.
Ryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4749 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2061 times:
Actually there is nothing wrong with hiring Europeans or even South Americans. Afterall MAS already hired Indians and Chinese crew.
Nothing wrong, it is true. But the Indians and Chinese are still Asians, and they look fine wearing the Kebaya. But put a Caucasian there, blonde haired and blue eyed... something just does not fit. Maybe they should have another uniform (business suits) for the Caucasian crew? Just like Thai has a different uniform for their Japanese crew.
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