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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

More losses at Cathay Pacific (CX)

Last year, Cathy Pacific Airways lost USD 74 and half way through this year (Jan to June 2017) it has already  lost USD 262.
The losses were due to fuel hedging and fierce competitions from the Chinese carriers.
There will be more job cuts to come.
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Retirement Benefit for cabin crew union members

Any member who retires from the service of the company by reason of having attained the normal retirement age shall be entitled to receive a retirement benefit in accordance with the scale of benefits as follows:

Length of continuous membership:

1. More than one year, but less than ten years - $250/-
2. Ten years or more, but less than fifteen years - $450/-
3. Fifteen years or more, but less than twenty years - $650/-
4. Twenty years or more but less than twenty five years - $800/-
5. Twenty five years or more - $1000/-

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A stewardess's contribution

It was my first month flying as a stewardess when our set of crew landed in Shanghai Pudong Airport after an uneventful flight.
For the 1 hour ride to our hotel in Hong Qiao, I was seated with IFS Mel (now known as IFM) to discuss my work performance as I was still under probation.
After talking about work, our discussion took a strange turn towards religion.  Unknowingly, I shared with IFS Mel I was brought up in a Christian family and educated in Catholic schools until I choose to be a free-thinker during adulthood.  It was then when our discussion turned from positive to negative.  Turns out, IFS Mel is a qualified Pastor and preaches during his free time.  According to him, God gave him a vision and he saw Marilyn Monroe and deceased members of The Beatles in hell because they chose fame and fortune.  People like me who choose not to believe or practice will join them when our time on Earth is up.  That night, I didn’t have a peaceful rest as I was offended by IFS Mel’s words.  On the way back to Pudong Airport for the return flight, IFS Mel took out his iPad to show our Muslim Chief Steward a photo he captured, which looks like a vehicle high beam reflecting against a reflective road divider.  IFS Mel claimed the bright light was Jesus.  I was kept busy with my flying career and forgot about the incidents of this night-stop.  Many months later, I was on a taxi to operate an early morning turnaround flight when it detoured to pick up another crew.  Lo and behold it was IFS Mel.  Thankfully, he didn’t remember nor recognize me.  At the end of the flight, one of the flight stewards joked to the junior crew, “did IFS Mel come to your galley to pray for you?”.  IFS Mel’s reputation for proselytising precedes him and up to this day he’s still proselytising to unsuspecting crew.  IFS Mel should be reminded that proselytising during company time is strictly forbidden according to employee guidelines and religious freedom is one of Singapore’s enduring qualities.

Monday, 7 August 2017

All is not lost

Just last week, an IFM (formerly known as IFS) suffered a severe stroke that left him in a coma. According to his doctors, he may not be able to wake up and would remain in a "vegetative state".
In the past 2 years, we have heard of crew having strokes, heart attacks and cancer. Few did survive but others passed away.
Unbelievably, many who were stricken with strokes and heart attacks were fit people. One suffered a stroke that left him paralysed after completing a marathon. Another, a martial exponent collapsed and died after his evening walk.
Crew and retired or ex-crew are also not spared of cancers. I met one who is on the verge of dying with prostate cancer. One chief steward, a footballer and scuba diver instructor died of cancer. Another also an active sportsman, died of the same dreaded disease. A retired chief steward died while swimming in his condominium pool.
This may lead us to think that the life style of a crew is not so healthy isn't it?

Well, not all news were bad during last week. One pleasant news was, I met an ex stewardess who had left the airline many years ago and still looked as stunning and sexy as when she was young. I remembered her as one of the most beautiful stewardesses SIA ever had. Her waistline was as slim as when she was 18. Her  low-cut blouse showed off her busty asset. She told me she was single and has a rich boy friend. I believe her story when a chauffeured driven Bentley Bentayga came to pick her.
The ex-stewardess story overshadowed the bad news of the sick crew and I was again back to my normal self, happy and grateful for being healthy in spite of my age.

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

VNPL only for CS/CSS and FS/FSS

Recent reports by the media regarding cabin crew being asked to take no-pay-leave gives the impression that the exercise is a result of SIA not doing too well. In my opinion this is untrue.
Asking the crew to go on voluntary-no-pay-leave (VNPL) happens from time to time when due to operation reasons, SIA suddenly finds that it has surplus crew.
The reports also give the impression that the VNPL is for all crew ranks and they could apply to go on leave for the whole period of September to November.
For information, the VNPL is confined only to chief stewards/stewardesses (CS/CSS) and stewards/stewardesses (FS/FSS). They may go on VNPL for up to a maximum of 14 days between September and November this year. The newly promoted CS/CSS and newly recruited FS/FSS who are under probation are allowed a maximum of 7 days of VNPL.
Hope the above clarifies.