Thursday, October 30, 2014

Husband and wife cabin crew team

My post yesterday on the subject of petty quarrel among the cabin crew caused some concern from well meaning people. They said that having husband and wife crew flying together isn't a good thing. Well I tend to agree with that statement.
This policy of letting spouses flying on the same flight has been there for a long time. No doubt about it, this policy or practice is not beneficial to the other colleagues.
It has benefited the company in cutting down the overseas hotel bills. You see in SQ, the husband and wife team are allowed to stay in one hotel room during their stops at oversea stations. If you have 2 husband and wife teams on a flight of 23 cabin crew, the airline would save on 2 rooms. The 2 hotel rooms could amount to a few hundred dollars and imagine if it is world wide how much would the airline have saved.

There are airlines that do not allow husband and wife crew flying together on the same flight.

As for the other crew there is no benefit at all. In fact, if the IFS's wife is a cabin crew, she would most likely be acting as though she is the boss of the cabin. She may even override the other senior crew's decision in the service and other matters and this can cause a lot of uneasiness among the junior crew.

During my time, I had a couple in my ward flying together as husband and wife. The male crew was a chief steward and his wife, a stewardess. The wife acted as though she was the chief and started to give orders to the leading stewards and junior crew on how to carry out the service. They were so pissed off with this couple and petitioned them to the company.

Another case was an IFS whose stewardess wife acted as though she was the assistant IFS. It caused a lot of unhappiness that many junior reported sick to avoid flying with them.

In the case that I've blogged yesterday, I know who the IFS is and am quite surprise to hear of such report. I have always thought that he is a gentleman.


Anonymous said...

Team flying was a serious error. The reasons that BT has given are true. The Company's appetite for saving cost was given a boost when a new CEO started to roll out his vision for cost control. Some examples were a 10 percent reduction in meal portions for EY, crew reduction, PCL trolley service was reduced to pre-portioned meals that looked like dogs' food. Other divisions also had to follow suit. The impact was disastrous with PCL paxs most badly hit....of all classes, the most expensive of them all became a hotbed for complaints. Caviar was curtailed, Japanese lacquer serviceware was reduced,PCL meal portions shrunk, glassware size reduced with meal choices running out and more. Apologies became the norm.

These measures amounted to an act of disrespect and a direct insult to our premium travellers who have been fully supportive of the airline with a standard of inflight service even other airlines talk about. If Dr CCK had remained in Malaysia, he would be probably earning the same salary as the university lecturers MYR.

Under his stewardship, SIA had lost over SGD2billion in airline alliances. Buying into foreign carriers is dangerous business. In a handwritten note to CCK, Richard Branson, VA Chairman, even penned....CK, who is paying for lunch? He collected GBP600million from SIA soon after.


ANA today announced that it has achieved a net profit of USD328million for H1. The Japanese have done it again. Japanesed airlines value their customers, staff, and their deligence never fails to leave their paxs gasping in awe.

SIA was offered several overseas hotels for purchase from the late seventies. The Company had huge surpluses from their profits. It earned the " world's most profitable airline." label.

Time and again, accountants and mathematicians excel mainly in counting the beans and writing glossy financial reports. Many do not know how to invest, with the exception of a few. PL,the owner of Valencia FC is one of them.

SIA would have been richer by over SGD2billion had it gone ahead and bought those hotels. Sadly,the decision to go into airline tie-ups proved disastrous.

Anonymous said...

Hi BT the roots to all these started off with team flying during the mid 80s.
And it took the co. ages to abolish team flying.
Not only spouses flying together that can cause conflict even "partners".
In reality, there are many things that may surprised you. As you were treated differently during your days as a CCE.

Anonymous said...

Not forgetting positioning partners also want to yaya. FxxK buddies of IFS, CS and tech crew think the juniors are their maids. (Refer to Moon's case).

Anonymous said...

It was foolish of Mgt to allow married couples to be rostered together. It soon became a formula for feeding the toxic fumes of " familiarity breeds contempt." For many years, change of flights offered the chance for couples to fly together. It was good, the joy of being together was cherished and the relationship that followed often blossomed into love with many altar proposals....and they lived happily after.

The airline is like the Environment. All of us hae a role to play in preserving, protecting and making it a conducive place to be safe, clean and to flourish. Team flying proved to be toxic. The Govt is now playing up on the importance on non-graduates. Another move in the making???

Anonymous said...

hi bt. isn't the husband ifs told the wife ffs before the flight not to be act like cabin boss? or the ifs just don't know about the act of his wife?

Boh Tong said...

Usually this type of husband is henpecked and scared of wives...hehe.

Anonymous said...

Yes you're correct BT. This PaPa is the typical balls-less type. Always been afraid of his past xx and present partner yy
When his past partner left him, he went into depression.

Pretty said...

Hi Mr BT. When I was flying with SQ a few years ago, this guy was flying with his wife on the same flight with me. He would always whisper cheeky things in my ear when his wife was not around. When his wife was around he wouldn't even look at me. He was quite a funny chap always making fun of others. He reminded me of Mr Bean because he resembles him.

Anonymous said...

Hey Pretty you must be a female crew otherwise why should he whispered into your ears right? He never whispered in my ears lol

Anonymous said...

I visit his neighbor quite often, the one he took to court. I spoke to 2 of his neighbors on the ground floor and you wouldn't believe the things this Papa has done there, from locking the gate and confining a pregnant lady with her elderly mother who had unknowingly parked inside the common compound to calling the NEA, LTA, SCDF, Police every other day to complain about his neighbors who are just trying to do business there. They refuse to give up their shops and continue to tolerate his nonsense. When he bought a unit there, these people were already there doing business. If u didn't like such an environment why the fcuk you buy there in the first place. Buy Orchard road lah.... Get a life lah Mr Bean...

Pretty said...

Yes I was a ex SQ IDFSS. Anyway he wasn't my type, because I could see he was the gutless type of man, the type who would even write off his family for fear of his wife.