B777av8r From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 31 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5794 times:
Its because there are few unions in the Asian markets and the flight attendants have to work hard, be presentable and know what they are doing. Give me an Asian flight attendant on my crew any day of the week. Only one problem though, because they aren't allowed to read newspapers on board, they aren't all that up to date on current issues.
Watewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5775 times:
Many Asian women quit their jobs after marriage. This is still true in many countries, despite strong feminist movement in the region.
Flight attendant job is still looked upon as a glamourous job in Asia. There's no shortage of young applicants for openings.
QantasAirways From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1272 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5731 times:
I have found this in recent years. I have travelled the Australian Airlines and many Asian airlines and have noted the difference.
Older flight attendants are NOT always more experienced. On my experiences, the older FA's tend to be grumpy and annoyed at anything you want them to do - and they seem sick of their jobs too. The older flight attendants on my flights prefer to talk to each other than the pax.
Younger flight attendants are seen as more attractive in Asia (of course) and more comfortable for the eyes. I guess this is the image for FA's in Asia then.
Not that I have anything against it.
While younger flight attendants can be rude or not experienced, I tend to feel they serve better USUALLY.
Just look at the FA's on Singapore Airlines!
P.S - These views are based on MY opinion.
DouglasDC8 From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5706 times:
It's a cultural difference. Women are treated differently in Asia when compared to the west. Women also have less rights in Asia, as reflected in the fact that some airlines used to have maximum age limitations. I don't know if they still do, but it wouldn't suprise me.
Watewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5678 times:
Most women who leave at young age quit on their own. The expectation in their society is that women stay home and do their 'stuff'. While this sentiment has been changing at a rapid pace in the past few decades, it's still seen as 'proper' for women to stay at home. This expectation is not only present in society, but in the workplace as well. Hard to believe, but anyone who's lived in Asia will agree with me here.
I've heard stories that some older F/As are tranfered to ground positions, but I cannot confirm that.
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5526 posts, RR: 5 Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5624 times:
Airlines in the United States may employ some seemingly overage flight attendants because they have no choice in the matter. Age-discrimination laws are very strict. Unless a particular occupation has special physical requirements, people cannot be required to retire at any particular age. Even the age-60 mandatory retirement for pilots (which so far has been justified given the job's physical requirements) has come under increasing attack.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
SQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5 Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5578 times:
The thing is that most Asian girls see the job as a FA a stepping stone to some PR jobs on the ground. This is especially so on SQ. These girls become very marketable in the job market after leaving SQ as they are seen to have been well trained both in social etiquette or in terms of inter personal skills.
SQ female crew are recruited on a contract basis. They will be renewed if they crew maintains certain physical requirements or have been exemplary in her work. there are married crew on SQ and even those who have kids. SQ has a "flying mothers" scheme where crew with kids get to fly shorter regional routes with the occasional long haul routes so that she can strike a balance between work and family.
Of course, SQ being a totally image conscious company, requires these flying mothers to be presentable physically. You will not see overweight elderly grandmas as FA on most Asian carriers...its all about image. As far as I know, the chief crew on SQ actually has the right to tell off a junior crew if he or she feels that the junior crew is putting on too much weight (very obvious especially when u are wearing the tight, figure hugging uniform of SQ). Crew are generally asked and trained to take good care of themselves and health and especially maintaining their shapely figure that SQ crew are famous for.
DETA737 From Portugal, joined Oct 2000, 607 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5539 times:
I always felt the more experienced
US/Canadian/European flight attendants
serve passengers in a more professional
You've got to be kidding me. I just got off a Cathay Pacific flight 3 hours ago from JFK to YVR. I've never seen more professional service. It was such a huge contrast with the service I recieved when I flew YVR-DFW-JFK 2 weeks ago on American Airlines. The FAs on Cathay were corteous and seemed genuinely happy to be serving the passangers, I noticed this in both both female and male FAs as well as those who were Asian as well as non-Asian. On AA in contrast the FAs seemed as if they were doing some sort of huge favour to the pax by coming around once and offering a drink. On Cathay the FA came around several times asking me if I needed anything and always with a smile. I noticed on AA they had even removed the call buttons from there seats. US airlines could learn a lot from Asian carriers like CX that offer a far superior product. After years of flying on US airlines I will try to avoid them whenever I can.
Carmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5525 times:
I'm just wondering, with comments like the one above from DETA737 about US airlines, why don't Americans, or everyone else for that matter, choose to fly other airlines like CX and SQ for their international routes, which, presumably, offer far superior service and have a safety record as good as, if not better than airlines from the US.