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Friday, 23 June 2017

Senior cabin crew management staff "retired"

A senior cabin crew management staff has been given the early retirement recently according to a reliable source. It has nothing to do with the $138 million loss in Q4. I understand the issues that led to the retirement are complex and I would not want to discuss here.
I would like to wish this particular staff all the best in his retirement.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Retrenchment?

It looks like the company may retrench some of its staff since it lost money in the last quarter.
My thinking is that in cabin crew if there is a retrenchment exercise, it will not affect the junior ranks like those who joined after 2004 (referring to the stewards). Like the stewardesses, these stewards are on 5 year contract. So if at all there is a retrenchment, the "deadwood" among the senior crew (those on tenure) will be asked to leave. It happened in 2003 during the SARS period.
Above is my personal view and I may not be necessarily correct.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Is it wrong for crew to run their own business?

While on duty or on company's time (including during crew nightstop) when a crew buys something, example, vitamin pills, clothing and any products and sell them for a profit, it is considered as trading. This is unofficial and the said crew could be taken to task.
Also, a crew who does not seek permission from the company to register a business may also face disciplinary inquiry if found out.
To sell life insurance, one must also seek prior approval from the company. Selling life policy to colleagues during duty hours are also not allowed.
The best thing to do if a crew wants to conduct any private business of their own, is to contact the cabin crew management which will then direct the crew to the HR division.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Reported for alleged theft from aircraft

According to a source, a husband and wife cabin crew team has been reported for alleged theft from the aircraft. Below is part of the email I've received:

"There has been numerous occasion that both husband and wife stole items that are property of SQ and post on social media.....

They pilfered green business class soiled linen bag for home use to put their clothes to sell at a flea market. 

Stole liquor bag to use as shopping bags for gifts to friends.
Frequently offloads aircraft drystores such as milk to feed stray cats. Any crew who has operated Shanghai will know the brand of milk uplifted she stole the same milk home for personal use.

They even have the audacity to offload suite class caviar to bring home and eat. 

In Frankfurt, husband and wife bought more than 100 vitamin capsules to bring back to Singapore to sell and often purchases excess SQ goods such as SQ hello kitty or precious moments doll to sell for profit. 

She uses vulgarities on her blog and frequently blogs about SQ and hotel locations. This is a security issue....."

As investigation is ongoing, I will not go further and elaborate nor comment.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Will SIA remain profitable?

SIA's loss of $138 in the quarter from January to March 2017 is a worrying sign. This was its first quarterly loss in 5 years. The intense competition from Middle East carriers and budget carriers has led to the decline in its profit.
I can't imagine SIA not making a profit for the year 2017. I shudder to think what could happen to its staff and crew if it loses money. Retrenchment is one way out for the airline to reduce cost.
Cathay Pacific Airway, for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis made a loss of S$102 million in 2016 against a profit of S$1.05 billion for year 2015.  Following announcement of the loss, CX decided to cut 600 jobs. Among the casualties are 190 management positions. Pilots, cabin crew and front line staff are spared.
Let's hope SIA will remain profitable for 2017 and beyond.