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Thailand's Ladyboy Airline Grounded  
User currently offlinetioloko100 From Australia, joined Jul 2012, 134 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6285 times:
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For the last 20 years we have been seeing a lot of innovation in all sectors including the airline industry but sadly the last new innovation in the airline sector which featured all transgender cabin crews failed to remain in the sky for long as it was ground weeks after its inaugural flight in Thailand. This is uncommon to the industry but i thought this could have been the industry's Gangnam Style.

http://flyingactive.com/content/69-t...nd-s-ladyboy-airline-grounded.html

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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2807 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6290 times:
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Can't say I'm overly surprised. They had a well, interesting, idea. Plus a one aircraft operation puts you at a disadvantage if it goes tech.
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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1887 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6291 times:
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I guess this means that there are no longer any 312's remaining in passenger service..

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User currently offlineDrColenzo From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2012, 143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6290 times:

Quoting francoflier (Reply 3):
I doubt transgender crews were ever going to bring enough perverts to run profitably, even in Thailand.

Well, transgender people are not perverts in themselves and we all have our kinks and fetishes, so I cannot judge the airline on that score.

However, you are quite right, a similar marketing concept such as the Hooters one didn't work and this would have been no different; I guess the people that came up with this idea must feel like a bunch of dicks right now...

Sorry, that was an awful pun   


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12519 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6288 times:

Quoting francoflier (Reply 3):
If Hooters was never able to make it work with hot busty chicks, I doubt transgender crews were ever going to bring enough perverts to run profitably, even in Thailand.

Well, that's a bit unfair; ever think that someone thought these people could have career aspirations beyond just been dancing girls and participating in the sex trade? Airlines need crewmember and the airline judged these people able to do that job, which they did; I certainly don't think it was with the intention of attracting "perverts" to Thailand!

Many "western" airlines - even AF, but also BA, AA, KL and LH - employ transsexual crewmembers and thankfully, EU law makes discrimination against them illegal. Live and let live!


User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2213 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6288 times:

Quoting tioloko100 (Thread starter):
This is uncommon to the industry but i thought this could have been the industry's Gangnam Style.

Hahahahaha. That's pretty great. Sad news though.

Quoting francoflier (Reply 3):
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If Hooters was never able to make it work with hot busty chicks, I doubt transgender crews were ever going to bring enough perverts to run profitably, even in Thailand.

There is nothing perverted about being transgender. Most mature/civilized humans are aware of this and despite what you may falsely believe, the airline industry is anything but fighting to stay "normalized" when it comes to gender identity/sexual orientation, etc.

Get with the times.



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User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3790 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6285 times:

Quoting DrColenzo (Reply 4):
Well, transgender people are not perverts in themselves and we all have our kinks and fetishes, so I cannot judge the airline on that score.
Quoting kaitak (Reply 5):
Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 6):

I was misunderstood. I have nothing against transgenders or any other.

The perverts I'm referring to are the passengers who would want to go out of their way to fly with an airline where the crews exert some kind of sexual attraction on them. Why else would people want to fly on an airline whose crews are so explicitly selected? The same goes for Hooters airlines, where, presumably, people would choose them to be served a half can of Sprite by a big busted lady... I call that perversion, even though I know it does help businesses of all kinds.

And, yes, I've eaten at Hooters several times.
It was for the wings, I swear!   



Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlinerlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1093 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6285 times:

Why would anybody think this would work? And who would be stupid enough to put up the money for it to run? Amazing.

[Edited 2012-11-20 14:00:50]


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User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2213 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6285 times:

Quoting francoflier (Reply 9):
I was misunderstood. I have nothing against transgenders or any other.

Your comment was still inappropriate. You made a generalization without any basis of information.

If you actually did some fact-checking, you would realize that Thailand happens to be a country that is very open to transexuals, and ladyboys are widely employed in the service industry. It just so happens that when PC Air intended to launch its initial charter operations, it received an overwhelming number of applications from transvestites and transexual applicants, and decided to set itself apart from other airlines by interviewing and hiring a certain number of them (in addition to its male and female staff) as long as they met the selection criteria.

Contrary to your assumption, the airline did not design its business model around purely staffing ladyboy flight attendants and using it as a marketing ploy to lure a particular traveling segment. In fact, I don't even believe that the majority of its attendant base comprised of people from this category. The move simply represented the airlines' stance on being very pro-equality and tolerant in a world that otherwise generally views transgenders with much prejudice and bias. I'm sure plenty of these applicants were seeking positions at several different airlines and encountered difficulties in the hiring process along the way due to the varying attitudes among other network carriers.

Quoting francoflier (Reply 9):
The perverts I'm referring to are the passengers who would want to go out of their way to fly with an airline where the crews exert some kind of sexual attraction on them.

Again, another huge generalization on your part. Do you have a first-hand experience to back this up?

The Hooters to PC Air comparison is stupid and baseless. One bases their business specifically on branding the "hooters girls" with revealing outfits trying to play up sex appeal. That was never the case with PC Air. They were simply and purely an airline that was more open to the idea of staffing ladyboys, and that is all.

[Edited 2012-11-20 14:22:45]


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User currently offlinestarrymarkb From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2011, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6284 times:

I hope everyone finds new employment elsewhere in the industry...

Ironic that this gets posted on the Transgender Day of Remembrence


User currently onlineKC135Hydraulics From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6283 times:

The name certainly does sound unappealing, though. LadyBoy?

User currently offlineiowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4416 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6283 times:
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This is not a debate on whether transgenders are perverts. Please stay on topic and respectful to avoid this thread from being locked and/or additional posts deleted.

User currently offlineDrColenzo From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2012, 143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6285 times:

Quoting starrymarkb (Reply 11):
Transgender Day of Remembrence

Very noble of you to point that out and I do think we should all take a second to remember that Transgender People are human beings that have been unfairly discriminated against.

http://www.transgenderdor.org/

Yep, I made a coarse joke earlier - my bad, apologies.

Quoting starrymarkb (Reply 11):

I hope everyone finds new employment elsewhere in the industry...

Hear, hear! It is a tough time for everyone at the moment regardless of what industry we work in, but particularly in the constant flux of the airline business and I think you have made two very excellent points this evening.


User currently offlinestarrymarkb From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2011, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6285 times:

Quoting KC135Hydraulics (Reply 12):

The name certainly does sound unappealing, though. LadyBoy?

The airlines actual name is PC Air - Ladyboy airlines was the media's name for them *rolls eyes*


User currently offlineDrColenzo From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2012, 143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6285 times:

Quoting iowaman (Reply 13):

This is not a debate on whether transgenders are perverts. Please stay on topic and respectful to avoid this thread from being locked and/or additional posts deleted.

Sorry, I think I speak for quite a few of us a-net members on this thread when I say that is a very, very unnecessary intervention on the part of a moderator.

We are discussing the failure of an airline aimed at a particular market sector, which is the transgender market and the market for those who want to fly a transgender airline. That is completely within the spirit of Airliners.net and very much in line with the usual discussions we have on these pages, for example we have discussed Halal food before, bible quotes included with meals on Alaskan Airlines (was it Alaskan Airlines?) and many other similar topics and this is one of those.

Just as there is a demand for Hooters, there is also a Transgender market, or a gay, lesbian, bisexual market and believe me, airlines do cater for this and these are all human beings with feelings, emotions and more importantly money to burn on flights, which is what we are talking about here.

Because of this and the way we are discussing the subject in no way have we veered off topic to any real extent.

Also, if someone made a racist or bigoted comment of any other nature, then we would all be up in arms: just because we are discussing an airline run by Transgender people for a particular market doesn't mean we act in an inappropriate way in referring to them.


User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2213 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6285 times:

Quoting DrColenzo (Reply 16):
Sorry, I think I speak for quite a few of us a-net members on this thread when I say that is a very, very unnecessary intervention on the part of a moderator.

   Completely agree 100%.



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User currently offlineiowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4416 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6285 times:
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Quoting DrColenzo (Reply 16):

Sorry, I think I speak for quite a few of us a-net members on this thread when I say that is a very, very unnecessary intervention on the part of a moderator.

We are discussing the failure of an airline aimed at a particular market sector, which is the transgender market and the market for those who want to fly a transgender airline. That is completely within the spirit of Airliners.net and very much in line with the usual discussions we have on these pages, for example we have discussed Halal food before, bible quotes included with meals on Alaskan Airlines (was it Alaskan Airlines?) and many other similar topics and this is one of those.
Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 17):
Completely agree 100%.

I'm not sure if you guys saw some of the posts I removed. Please keep it respectful is all I'm asking.


User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5048 times:

Quoting francoflier (Reply 8):
The perverts I'm referring to are the passengers who would want to go out of their way to fly with an airline where the crews exert some kind of sexual attraction on them.

Yes, that business model would never work.
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Tom.


User currently offlineJAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1613 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4974 times:

Personally, I would go out of my way to fly an airline if Ru-Paul were a featured flight attendant. (I'm not sure if he considers himself transgender of course) He is a hoot and that would be a fun flight.

So what was the concept of the Ladyboy airline? Many transgendered guys are entertainers - and top notch ones at that. Was it intended as an over-the-top flying experience, or was the airline simply intending to provide good jobs for folks who can't always find them? I think lots of customers enjoy flight attendants who have a fun spirit about them - but still, people primarily fly to get from one point to the next. If the airline can't do that well, then whatever concept it has, isn't going to save it.


User currently offlinelawair From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4870 times:

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 10):
That was never the case with PC Air. They were simply and purely an airline that was more open to the idea of staffing ladyboys, and that is all.

This is absolutely correct. While the airline did employ some transgender flight attendants, this was not the primary focus of the airline and it was more of a short term marketing gimmick, if anything. The vast majority of the airline's flight attendants were not transgender. (I think at one point they only publicly employed about four, or a few more.)

The airline failed in the same way that a lot of start-ups do, particularly in Thailand as of late: they did not have sufficient capital to start and maintain adequate operations. The requirements for acquiring an operating certificate in Thailand have also been relatively lax, I believe. There's an article on this in the Bangkok Post http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/...airlines-run-into-cash-turbulence.

Here's another article regarding PC Air's position when the ICN incident occurred: http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/...ir-case-leads-to-new-charter-rules The article suggests new rules for charter carriers like PC Air were being considered as a result of this problematic start-up.

[Edited 2012-11-20 19:10:54]

User currently offlineneutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 615 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4319 times:

Quoting DrColenzo (Reply 16):
Sorry, I think I speak for quite a few of us a-net members on this thread when I say that is a very, very unnecessary intervention on the part of a moderator.


Go easy on him. He might be a little too eager on his trigger but so are most new guys on the job (any job).
Important thing is his enthusiasm in what he signed up to do, and to do the best he can.
Even politicians have their 100 days "honeymoon" so lets bear with his inexperience and let him fulfil his potential to be a damn good moderator.



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User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3318 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4266 times:

Quoting neutrino (Reply 22):

Nicely put.  



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User currently offlinercair1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1327 posts, RR: 52
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4193 times:
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Quoting starrymarkb (Reply 15):
The airlines actual name is PC Air - Ladyboy airlines was the media's name for them *rolls eyes*

That is unfortunate if it lead to their demise. However, is seems pretty clear it had more to do with operations of a startup than anything about staff - transgender or otherwise.

It brings to mind a trip to Thailand to do a product presentation to tech press (used to travel the world doing that). In this case the press event was held in a rather well known night club (I don't remember the name) and the 'theme' was to guess what "sexy slim model wearing see thru clothes had I been seen hanging around with". Of course - the sexy, slim model was a product and the see thru clothes referred to an aspect of the product (which was a computer product). The tech press crowd was to guess from a parade of lovely 'ladies' - and of course, being Thailand, one of the models was a transgender model.

It was all in good fun, if a bit off the wall for a geeky computer guy like me. (And - no, nobody was wearing any see thru clothes - I worked for a large multinational company and that would NOT have been tolerated). It was a bit of a challenge making my technical presentation (and it was technical - I'm a Ph.D. Techy guy) fit the venue..... The transgender model helped a lot!

The point is that having a transgender as part of the product presentation to technical press from a rather stodgy tech company was not viewed at all as riske' by the technical press there. I think that might give a sense of the environment there - for those who have not been there. BTW - this was probably 8 years ago...

I don't know anything about PC's operations or routes - but if they catered to a mostly 'local' crowd (people who know Thailand well) I doubt it was an issue at all. In some parts of the world I can see needing smelling salts for some of the more 'traditional' people when being served by a transgender flight attendant (if they even realized, which they probably would not).

Quoting neutrino (Reply 22):
Go easy on him. He might be a little too eager on his trigger but so are most new guys on the job

As he noted, not everybody here may have seen some of the posts he removed. Being a moderator is a very difficult job - it is a balancing act of trying to allow free discussion, but keep it focused on a topic so it does not go crazy. And - yes - before you ask, crew members like myself (support, not mod) are subject to the same rules. I had a post removed not that long ago because it drifted a bit too far.

Our great forums depend on the hard work of our moderators - so I hope you can join me in being supportive.



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User currently offlinesq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1640 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4028 times:

Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 19):
Yes, that business model would never work.

Yes I suppose referring to a photo that was taken 30 years ago reflecting a business model that is certainly no longer in effect at that airline today makes for a very useful and relevant comparison to the topic at hand.  



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User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3729 times:

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 25):
Yes I suppose referring to a photo that was taken 30 years ago reflecting a business model that is certainly no longer in effect at that airline today makes for a very useful and relevant comparison to the topic at hand.

So we're going to pretend that airlines don't still use flight attendant sex appeal as a marketing tool? The "Singapore Girl" has been part of Singapore's marketing for 30+ years now. I was just responding to the concept that customers were "perverts" for being attracted to attractive cabin crew. PC Air is hardly unique in this regard.

Tom.


25 Lafite82 : Just out of curiosity, how does a transsexual passport show their sex? And how do they fill in the immigration form (for sex M or F) of countries they
26 777way : That may be secular Thailand but in Bhuddism they are not accepted are even considered cursed and bad for their families so should be disowned, this
27 trent1000 : You must be referring to those who choose to travel on SQ because they are attracted to sexy Singapore girls, right?... Well, that's what's actively
28 Post contains images B777LRF : As for transgender crew, couldn't give a toss either way. We had a pilot who decided he'd rather be a sheila than a bloke and went through the whole o
29 kaitak : I think that one of the problems for transgender people in Thailand is that Thai officialdom does not recognise transgenderism (though they're inchin
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