|Quoting jackbr (Thread starter):|
I believe they originally had the title of "Chief Flight Attendant", second to "Flight Service Director"
The Chief Flight Attendant was in charge of first class only and a number of Senior Flight Attendants were supervisors in Business and Economy.
There were at times, 5 supervisors/managers on the 744 aircraft.
The first change was to replace the Chief with merit-selected First Class Flight Attendants who were trained in fine dining, wines, epicurean syles and skills along with the implementation of the Neil Perry / Rockpool food and service style.
The three First Class flight attendants were a self managed team.
The next move was to replace the 3 Senior FAs with the Customer Service Supervisor - so those who were SFAs could choose to remain as the CSS [by seniority], become a FA
[better for bidding] or take a redundancy. About 50 junior SFAs did not maintain their position. All CSSs were trained for 2 days in management technique and refreshed their role as the designated 2IC on the aircraft.
Thus the two person OnBoard Management team was created. Crew in the two business class cabins [on 744] were also self-managed teams, with the CSM as their direct Manager.
As noted by VH
-BZF, they were responsible for Economy class [and have since added Premium Y/C], backed up the CSM onboard and could operate as the CSM in adhoc situations. There were many CSMs who actively encouraged and developed their CSSs - at times mentoring them on flights to help them in future selcetion processes to become CSMs.