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British Airways Ethnic Uniforms Still Around?

Fri May 14, 2004 1:01 am

BA's Pakistan, India, Bangladesh based crew used to have a chice between wearing a western uniform and one based on their national dress "Saree" for the others "Shalwar Kameez" for Pakistan, are those chices still available to them? do BA have crews also from Africa, Middle East and central and east Asia, do they get to wear their national dress version uniforms to?
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RE: British Airways Ethnic Uniforms Still Around?

Fri May 14, 2004 3:09 am

Indian (India-based) crews wear sarees on UK-India flights. They also tend to be younger and prettier than most BA stews, and beat Air India's cabin crew hands down. For some reason, I've never seen an Indian male cabin crew member on those flights (although plenty of Indian Britons on transatlantic flights).

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RE: British Airways Ethnic Uniforms Still Around?

Fri May 14, 2004 6:47 pm

Jaysit, I never knew they hired male cabin staff from south asia as well, in Pakistan's case the post is/was only open for females for Pakistan-UK v.v route as you have stated is the the same for India and I'm sure Bangladesh as well. BA did however give the golden handshake to all their Pakistan based FA's when they quit operating here in 2001, not sure if they will hire them again or get new ones in the future,
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Fri May 14, 2004 11:16 pm

maybe theres no indian cabin crew for this reason; on air indias website, the cabin crew recruitment page read; 'she will have' 'she will do this', 'she will do these duties'. Very very sexist. Ive never been to india. or know any indians, but if the national carrier is sexist towards male cabin crew, then perhaps its just a thing about the country.
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RE: British Airways Ethnic Uniforms Still Around?

Sun May 16, 2004 4:36 am

They also had a "cheong sam" for routes to the Orient but personally I have never seen them... except my mother once wore one for BOAC (!)
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RE: British Airways Ethnic Uniforms Still Around?

Sun May 16, 2004 4:59 am

When I was departing DEL on 2.Nov.03, I saw the BA Flight Crew and the Indian Girls were wearing a western uniform. same goes for AF and KLM.
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RE: British Airways Ethnic Uniforms Still Around?

Sun May 16, 2004 5:19 am

BA certainly does employ both male and female cabin cabin crew from Bangladesh. Out of the four flights I took with them last year, each flight had one bengali steward and one stewardess. The male f/a wear the usual uniform as all other male f/a's, while the female f/a wears a saree. The motivation and friendliness of the Bengali cabin crew really amazed me : they were on their feet althrough the flight, serving pax and looking after those who were not proficient in english, while on the other hand, all the British ones dissapeared to the galley once the meal was served, only to return back again for breakfast two hours prior to landing.

On one of the flights, I was sitting in the exit row beside an elderly Bengali man from Sylhet, and prior to landing, the bengali male f/a sat across the jump seat facing us. The elderly gentleman started to talk to the f/a, questioning him about which region of Bangladesh he was from, his religion, how much he earned, his level of education, how many brothers and sisters he had....blah...blah...and finally, he says ' I have a very pretty daughter who is currently studying medicine, and i am looking for a groom for her. Would you be interested?'. Hearing this, the f/a went totally red, and said he was already seeing someone else, and thanked him for the offer! It was so hilarious that I broke down into laughter during landing, and the man goes, ' Yes, I am so glad to return back home too!!'. Thank God he didnt realise what I was really laughing about.  Big grin

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