|Quoting cslusarc (Reply 4):|
Can someone remind me if those LHR based flight attendants are US Citizens (or Green Card holders) or are they EU Nationals?
All of United's foreign bases have a mixture of both. Both LHR
have Americans as well as EU citizens, with LHR
having the largest concentration of former Pan Am F/A's....most of whom reside throughout the U.K. and Europe. FRA
absorbed a significant portion of the French F/A's following the company's closure of the CDG
base. Hence, FRA
has a nice mix of French, German, and American crewmembers.
In Asia, both HKG
bases are staffed with Americans as well as Asian nationals, although HKG
has not been opened for American transfers since Hong Kong reverted back to Chinese jurisdiction. The NRT
base absorbed a significant percentage of the TPE
-based F/A's when the company closed the crew base in TPE
I think that UA
's foreign-based flight attendants really help to elevate the United onboard product and company brand. As a whole, then tend to adhere to better uniform grooming standards and are more adept at executing the service to company standards. This can also be attributed to the fact that UA
's foreign-based F/A's generally operate 1 or 2 aircraft types, whereas in the U.S., UA
F/A's operate varied A/C types and fly both domestic and international routes. Naturally, there's better consistency when one is working a single A/C type and working routes with the same service levels day in and day out.
I have several American friends based in LHR
who claim that their job experience there is like working for a completely different airline (one for the better).
United's B747-400. "She's a a cruel lover."