All of NW's flight attendants in asia are foreign nationals. The bases in Asia are not open to US flight attendants. NW signs a contract with those flight attendants for a year or two. NW has 5 bases in Asia for F/As. All flights south and west of NRT must have 2 US based flight attendants on board. The Purser and a regular cabin attendant. The rest of the crew is made of a combination of F/As from other asia bases. NW's US bases are DTW, MSP, MEM, BOS, NYC, SEA, SFO, LAX and HNL. NW does have language speakers in a lot of foreign cities but they do not act as flight attendants. NW is in the process of language qualifing US flight attendants which means an end to the foreign national interpretuers on board the aircraft. That maybe who got laid off.