The following article, like all others here, are my personal views. They may not necessarily reflect that of Singapore Airlines (SIA) nor of anyone,not even my ex-colleagues.
As trainees and flight stewardesses/attendants in SIA, the Japanese were the best. They treasured their flying jobs and being a SIA Girl or for that matter, any airline stewardess,brought together a lot of pride and glory to the family. In Japan, an airline stewardess commanded a social status as high as that of a medical doctor,I was told.
Only the best were considered suitable for the stewarding job, besides acting and TV news casting.
The Japanese trainees were not proficient in English. However, they would work hard at it during the 4 months of training stint in Singapore. All of them would bring into the classrooms,dual language dictionaries ( Japanese to English vv ).
I had taken Japanese girl classes and most, if not all, passed their exams with flying colours. Their weakest in the class could easily beat the best in our local classes eg. lowest score for Japanese 91% and the best for local 90%
Discipline wise, they were also better. Some of the classes I took, would not even leave the classroom after I had dismissed them, at the end of the day,until I leave first.
As for the local and other nationalities,they would already be busy packing their notes,manuals etc. long before dismissal time.
In my next posting,I would talk about them as serving or operating crew.
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