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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Ex SIA stewardess now flying for a Western airline replied to comments

Hi there,

I'm the one who wrote the email to BT, and was surprised and almost grateful anyone even read it! So thank you all. (BT: "Ex SIA stewardess now flying for a Western airline" was read 299 times at the last count with 7 comments posted)

There was one comment which discussed Delta crew flying with SIA at one time, and I remember that! :) Once I had a Delta purser fly with us on our flight; she was a lovely lady who said she had been flying for about 17 years, and also had the same thing to say about SIA. About how impressed she was with our safety standards, grooming and service.

Our uniforms cost us over USD 700.00 right out of training, and they are deducted from payroll every month. We get new pieces using a point system depending on seniority, and New Hires don't get the full points to get new pieces for the first year, so we have to top them up with our own money or wait. :)

Vacation time for New Hires after 1 yr of service is...drum roll...2 days!! If we want to, we can take unpaid leave, but we need the money lol. Sick time is 18 hrs for the first year.

Talking about travel perks, yes one commenter had it right. We get to fly in FC & BC at a very low cost. All F/As no matter how senior they are, only get to fly standby, and we literally wait at the boarding gate for our passes if they are available, so it is quite common to see crew sprinting onto the plane at the last minute ha ha!
The domestic passengers in the US get upgraded all the time, so FC & BC is almost always full. But yes, we still get to travel in the premium cabins wherever available. Which isn't bad.

The Companion passes that one person brought up is true. As long as your friends/relatives dress accordingly and behave well, they get to travel on standby, although on very low priority. This year alone I saw 3 employees have their entire pass privileges revoked because the F/A serving them complained about their behavior (How dare he/she press the call button??). So, while great, it puts you in a very vulnerable position.

I just did my recurrent (SEP) this month, and it took 2 days. Yes, they are extremely safety-oriented and it is a good thing.

Ultimately you're right; the airline industry is the same everywhere. It would take forever and a day to discuss the differences. It is a very different culture here; many F/As here leave their hair down, wear tattoos (although not visible), don't bother with makeup and I've even seen some yell at passengers because they were in a bad mood. But there are also a lot of great ones here. Ones who have changed my perspective on life.

As they say, same difference. But I will stand by my belief that it is still more profitable to work with SIA, if one had to say, choose.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good thing we in SQ do not have to pay for our uniform. We are also lucky that we get 2 to 3 weeks of annual leave as compared to yours of 2 days. Sick leave 18 hrs for the first year? Ridiculous! I rather work for SQ anytime.

Anonymous said...

And the assholes in sia are still whining and complaining non stop.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for replying to our posts Ms. So nice to hear from you. I am so happy to read these two positive comments posted on what you have written. A round of applause! I am the one who wrote about what the Delta crew said about our safety standard. If you tell us who you are, I am sure that many of us will have no problems in remembering you.

Some of our SQ FSS from Singapore were flying with CX before donning the sarong kebaya. They were accommodated in an apt all to themselves and while their salary is more, the income tax in HKG is higher. Crew flying Middle Eastern Airlines and living there do not pay income tax.You are so right....pros and cons. Keep your comments coming in. Do you miss our Singapore hawker food?

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Anonymous said...

This must be a record set in the number of comments removed.

Boh Tong said...

I removed them because the comments were rude,uncouth,vulgar etc.

Anonymous said...

Hi BT,

Wow I certainly did not mean to incite such negativity on your blog with my emails! Sincere apologies to you for the inconvenience caused.

To the nice person who gave us a little insight on the DL and CX backgrounds amongst others, thank you for your comment. And yes, I surely miss Singapore food. In fact I miss Singapore dearly too. There is something to be said about having to leave family and close friends for a foreign land, but no regrets. :) Its an experience. Still, I hope to return one day.

I am an old girl ha ha, left SQ in 1997. Till today I have dreams about being called up on standby and showing up for flight without my proper uniform pieces on. Crazy right?

Take care and I promise to go easy on the "controversial" topics in the future. Lol.

Warm regards to all.

Anonymous said...

The quality of an "old girl" can be seen in the way she has expressed herself. Fluent, warm, friendly and lucid that leaves a good lasting impression on the minds of the visitors on BT's blog. BT did the right thing by deleting the vulgar and rude comments that came in earlier.

"Old Girl", you are not obliged to reveal your identity, but it does no harm to at least to give us your initials.... Sounds ok?

Anonymous said...

hello there..do the newly hired cabin crew members get the accomodation??

Boh Tong said...

No, most do not get free accommodation in Singapore. Only the Korean, Taiwan and Japanese stewardesses are paid about S$700 a month for accommodation.