Showing posts with label Virgin Atlantic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Virgin Atlantic. Show all posts

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Flight attendant hiring forecast for May, 2008

Emirates cabin crewLast month I wrote an article here on Cabin Crew News about a useful website for those seeking work as flight attendants. That website, CabinManagers.com, is run by Matt Keegan, someone I have known for quite awhile. Matt has been involved in the aviation community for a long time, and I know he keeps his finger on the pulse of the industry as well as anyone can in these tumultuous times.

In April, Matt launched a new monthly hiring forecast feature on CabinManagers.com to provide up-to-date information, identifying cabin crew hiring trends in major markets around the world. The May 2008 Hiring Forecast was posted to the website today. The guidance provided by this monthly forecast feature is particularly welcome these days. With so many carriers filing for bankruptcy protection or going out of business altogether, it is important to choose a financially healthy employer.

Highlighted in the section on where to look for work are Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines, two growing international carriers based in the Middle East that are currently recruiting cabin crew. Also mentioned were Virgin Atlantic, and the all-premium class carrier Silverjet.

To understand just how timely this information is, you only need to look at a few recent news headlines. For example, while premium-class trans-Atlantic carrier Eos ceased operations just days ago due to financial difficulties, its competitor, Silverjet, just announced an investment pledge of $100 million -- good news indeed. Meanwhile, Emirates just reported record profits in its annual report, released yesterday. The Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group commented, "As we plan for the next decade, our biggest challenges will be to find more pilots, engineers, cabin crew and skilled staff across our various business units."

In addition to news about which airlines are hiring cabin crew, CabinManagers.com also has a wealth of useful information, such as résumé advice and interviewing tips for prospective flight attendants. It's all free, too, so go and have a look.

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Friday, January 4, 2008

Virgin Atlantic cabin crew plan to strike

Virgin Atlantic cabin crew plan two 48-hour strikes this month in a dispute over pay. The flight attendants, represented by the union called Unite, plan to carry out a work stoppage from 06:00AM January 9 through 06:00AM January 11, and again from 06:00AM on January 16 through 06:00AM January 18.

According to a statement issued last month by Unite's press office:

Unite members are calling for a long term solution which addresses the pay differentials between Virgin cabin crew and the crews of its competitors. The staff believe that they have been undervalued for too long and Virgin are failing to recognise their professionalism and loyalty. Their pay lags behind many other airlines who fly the same business and holiday routes. Cabin crew staff working for British Airways can earn up to £10K more than Virgin cabin crew flying the same business routes. On holiday routes Virgin cabin crew can also earn considerably less than many of their competitors.
Virgin Atlantic's Chairman, Richard Branson, told cabin crew in a widely publicized letter, "For some of you more pay than Virgin Atlantic can afford may be critical to your lifestyle, and if that is the case you should consider working elsewhere."

UPDATE January 8, 2008: News media are reporting today that the strike has been called off.