The first batch of Taiwanese flight attendants joined Shanghai Spring Airlines flight 9C8951 to Taipei last week, marking the first time a mainland airline has hired Taiwanese stewards and stewardesses. The Shanghai low-budget carrier began recruiting flight attendants from Taiwan last October, when an estimated 1,000 people applied for recruitment.
China news reports:
Among the 24 newly employed, two are men and 22 are women, according to Xiao Fei with the human resources department of the company.
Xiao said, most of the Taiwan flight attendants have never been to the mainland before and are full of expectations for life in the mainland.
Many of them have engaged in voluntary jobs and are passionate about helping others, and they mostly have a good command of English, he said.
Starting from May 7, there will be more than 90 domestic flights from Shanghai to Kaoshiung, Taipei.
Perhaps a bit of airline diplomacy could help alleviate mounting tensions between the mainland and Taiwan after protests broke out when the latter applied to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) under the “One China” principle.
We would like to point out, however, that the new recruits are a pretty far cry from the “flight aunties” that were supposed to begin replacing Spring Airlines’ flight attendants.
Previously on Shanghaiist: Spring Airlines still pushing for standing seats on planes
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By Sharon Choi