Flew Dragonair in 2002 Hong Kong-Shanghai and we had a male f/a. Hong Kong male flight attendants are maybe not counted as Chinese f/a's, because of the special status of the Hongkong SAR within China.
I've seen male FAs on CZ and MU before. Perhaps this article was referring to Air China recruiting their first male FAs. Not sure what they mean by first ever male FA team... first flight with with NO female FAs perhaps?
I guess I should inform A.net surfers a bit more on the recent move by Air China.
As similar as most other airlines worldwide, all Chinese carriers used to mix up the male F/As with female F/As etc, but this time Air China came up the idea to introduce a what they so-called 'ALL MALE F/As TEAM' and they would be doing the same job as all other F/As, but the only differences are that 1) passengers won't see any female F/As on the flights served by that team (as what SQ772 mentioned), and 2) those male F/As who've gained their positions in the team would only work with other team members, so they pretty much know everyone quite well.
Hopefully, everyone now has a better understanding on the whole thing.
You won't believe how picky some passengers are, I guess the carrier just want to play safe in case if any passenger dislike to be served by male F/As, they would be informed before board the aircraft.
As a matter of fact I WOULD believe how picky some passengers are!
I have been a (male) Flight Attendant working in countries around the world for over 15 years.
The article says that a survey of passengers showd most people PREFER male Flight Attendants. And yet they are posting signs at the door of the aircraft to "warn" people that, basically, there are "no girls here"!
It is something of a contradiction. But I understand your point and I thank you.