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User currently offlineMats From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 631 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

At one point in about the early 1990s, Delta had its own flight attendants aboard Sabena, Swissair, Austrian, and Finnair flights. I don't know if they did this with Aer Lingus as well.

Likewise, I'm pretty sure that Qantas flight attendants flew aboard Air New Zealand flights and vice versa as part of the "Tasman Air Share."

The only other instance I know of is not quite the same: the bizarre British Airways/USAir scheme, in which USAir crew dressed in British Airways uniforms.

My questions are as follows:
- Did any other airline pairs do this?
- Did Sabena/Swissair/Austrian/Finnair crews fly on Delta flights?
- Did the "guest" flight attendant actually participate in safety and service aspects of the flight, or did he or she work the way "interpreters" do on some flights: taking meal orders, handing out landing cards, and other minor duties?

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User currently offlineCF105Arrow From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3172 times:

I have no precise idea but I think at the early stage of code sharing, you had mixed cabin crews from both code sharing airlines working each flight.

[Edited 2007-12-18 05:50:07]

[Edited 2007-12-18 05:53:06]

User currently offlineEdina From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 745 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

A few more.....

Back in the 80s Sabena & British Caledonian flew BRU-LGW-ATL on an SN 747, but with a joint SN/BR cabin crew. From talking to ex-BR colleagues this arrangement wasn't too popular with SN crews & they tended to get all BCal crew working from one galley & all Sabena from another galley.

Malaysian carried 2 Virgin Atlantic crew on the Kangaroo route from LHR-KUL-Oz, late 90s/early 00s.

When I worked for Air Inter late 80s/early 90s, aircraft would be wet leased in to cover for capacity shortfalls, industrial action etc. & any non-French aircraft brought in would carry 2 Air Inter cabin crew, in addition to that airlines own crew, to make French language announcements, interpret etc.. I worked some of these flights on several occasions, notably on a Translift Airways DC8-71 between ORY-BOD & ORY-TLS, Caledonian Airways Tristars, Dan-Air 727s & A300s & Scibe Airlift DC10-10.

On a slightly different note, Avianca used to (not sure if they still do - not flown them for a few years) carry a separate person for on board duty free sales. The duty free person would wear a separate uniform & worked for a separate company, and would hand out sales brochures at the start of the flight. The AV cabin crew would then complete their drinks/meal service. Once the meal service was cleared the duty free person would then offer tax free sales throughout the cabin.



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User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3099 times:

I had a flight from VIE-MUC and on OS aircraft with OS,NG and VO dressed F/A´s. This was shortly after the merger of all 3 into one.  Smile But I think that does not qualify here.

User currently offlineHelvknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

I once took a RG flight from ATL to GRU which was codeshared with DL and they had a couple of DL FAs on there.

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3077 times:
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I remember reading that DL lost a FA on the SwissAir Flight 111.


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User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

A few years ago KL operated a to PBM in co-operation with PY. Both cabin and cockpitcrew were mixed. Same with KL and ALM on flights to CUR.

User currently offlineSingaporeBoy From Singapore, joined May 2005, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2972 times:

Delta also had 1 FA on SQ's flight from JFK/FRA/SIN n v.v for awhile back when there was the DELTA/SWISSAIR/SIA Alliance during the 90s..way b4 Star Alliance was started.All of them were JFK based...and i flew with a few of them.They were primarily on board to promote Delta and the alliance but some of them did participate during the service.Mixture of seniors as they had to bid for the few months stint...and i remember they were a fun bunch to fly n chat with.

User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

IIRC, SR's 111 was the last flight DL put their crew on that wasn't DL metal, or as a result of SR 111.


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User currently offlineFly2YYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1045 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2810 times:

Not sure if many exchanges do exist now, but there is one at least.

NH and OZ operate a cabin crew exchange on their HND-SEL routing with one flight attendant from each company on each flight(twice daily as it seems).


User currently offlineLinate From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2788 times:

At LH we used to have 2 LH FA's in every Air Zimbabwe flights from FRA -- Harare. The LH FA's would have the LH uniform and would be onboard to make sure the service was up-to-standard.

User currently offlineAF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1040 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2716 times:
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Ia Orana All !

At Air France we had TAAG flight attendants on board our CDG-LAD-CDG flights, I don't think it is valid anymore; We also had an agreement with JAL where we had JAL cabin attendants on our flights between CDG and NRT/KIX and and JAL carried AF cabin attendants on their flights between NRT/KIX-CDG. This is not valid anymore either. Also for a few years, after AF stopped flying it's own metal to SEZ and we entered a codeshare deal with Air Seychelles, we had a purser on all Air Seychelles flights to and from Paris. We stopped that also.
Yet when we have to subload an aircraft from another carrier dur to strike action, shortage of aircrafts etc... we would put one cabin attendant onboard for the announcements and to represent AF.

Happy Flying,

AF Cabin Crew



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User currently offlineLHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2644 times:

Around 1992 I flew JFK-LGW on VS, with DL crew onboard. I remember the male F/A in our cabin being possibly the rudest F/A i'd ever met!

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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2641 times:



Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Reply 11):
At Air France we had TAAG flight attendants on board our CDG-LAD-CDG flights, I don't think it is valid anymore; We also had an agreement with JAL where we had JAL cabin attendants on our flights between CDG and NRT/KIX and and JAL carried AF cabin attendants on their flights between NRT/KIX-CDG. This is not valid anymore either. Also for a few years, after AF stopped flying it's own metal to SEZ and we entered a codeshare deal with Air Seychelles, we had a purser on all Air Seychelles flights to and from Paris. We stopped that also.
Yet when we have to subload an aircraft from another carrier dur to strike action, shortage of aircrafts etc... we would put one cabin attendant onboard for the announcements and to represent AF.

No more F/A from another airline/partner on any Air France flight.
The last ones we had were F/A from AeroMexico on board our flights CDG-MEX-CDG, and that was quite a few years ago, just when the Skyteam alliance was formed.


User currently offlineEmbajador3 From Spain, joined Aug 2006, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

When FR leased 1 738 and 2 734s from FUA, on the one operated by FR FA's (the 738) they had a FUA FA on board.


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