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MAS Recruits European-language Crew  
User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2435 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.

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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13735 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

Well well!

A Far East airline with non Asian/Oriental looking cabin crew. That should be something to look out for.



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User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2384 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.


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2335 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.



There's always a better way to fly...
User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2273 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.


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2242 times:

"I never quoted them as hiring Spanish-speakers from Spain"

I was actually refering to Odie's post, not yours.



There's always a better way to fly...
User currently offlineLima From Argentina, joined May 1999, 1122 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

But actually as stated by another member on a trip report, Malaysia uses Mexican national cabin crews on their run to EZE. They used to fly to Mexico so this is the reason.

User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2091 times:

My bad. Thought I read somewhere that they are going to hire crew from Spain, France and Germany.

User currently offlineTriple Seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

Actually there is nothing wrong with hiring Europeans or even South Americans. Afterall MAS already hired Indians and Chinese crew.

User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2024 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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User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

Singapore_Air:

Well well!

A Far East airline with non Asian/Oriental looking cabin crew. That should be something to look out for.


Lol - Qantas has been doing this for the last 80 years.

QANTASFOREVER

P.S: I object to the term "far east" - east of where? Should I say you're from the far west? (j/k)


User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2007 times:

Ryanair, you never know.  Smile

They might look good, or not. We'll just wait and see eh?

Can't wait to fly MH again... 86 days and counting..

[Edited 2003-09-04 08:46:32]

User currently offlineSaa From South Africa, joined Oct 2000, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 1827 times:

Umm even back in 1996 MAS had blonde haired blue eyed crew speaking Afrikaans and some Europeans too.

SAA fly the south african dream


User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

Interesting - in over 20 years of flying with Malaysia Airlines - I have yet to see any stewardess or steward on board any MAS flights who are not Asian.

User currently offlineSaa From South Africa, joined Oct 2000, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1775 times:

Maybe it was because it was on the south african route so they had a few locals on the flight


saa fly the south african dream


User currently offlineTriple Seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1753 times:

By the way if you recall the rather recent article about a guy who proposed to his girl onboard a MAS 737 had an African steward onboard.

User currently offlineFlyingdutchboy From Netherlands, joined May 2000, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

Interesting...

BTW, MH next walk-in-interview:

20 September - Stewardesses
4 Oct - Stewards
@ Malaysia Airlines Academy

Blonde, Blue-eyed in Kebaya???  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up Sound nice to me, as the kebaya itself is simply sexy.


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