AirAsia held its first ever Asean Crew
Complement Graduation ceremony at AirAsia Academy’s multi-purpose
hall on Thursday, which saw 68 trainees proudly graduating as the
first group of ‘Asean’ flight attendants.
This graduation ceremony marked a historical
moment for the airline, where for the first time it presented the
first batch of an all-Asean flight attendant graduates.
Of the 68 graduating flight attendants, 27
were Malaysians, 22 Thais, 14 Myanmarese, 3 Indonesians and 2
Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun, Deputy
Group CEO said, “While other airlines are cutting capacity and
retrenching staff, AirAsia continues to grow and keeps on hiring.
It is indeed our dream to have an all-Asean crew flying on one
same flight. As an Asean airline, an all-Asean crew is very
important as it reflects our passion in projecting the beautiful
image of Asean to the world.
“It will also provide a good
opportunity for the flight attendants to know more about
other cultures, which in turn make them more hospitable
to our guests and be sensitive to the needs of different
people with different cultural backgrounds. We believe
that each and every one of our guests is unique, hence
such quality in our FAs will ensure the delivery of
superior services and greatest flying experience,” he
ceremony also celebrated the graduation of 29 Guest Services
trainees (from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore
and Thailand) and 22 Ramp Agent trainees (Malaysia).
AirAsia Academy, located barely 2 kilometres from the Low Cost
Carrier Terminal where AirAsia headquarters is located, was set up
in 2005 with the objective of meeting the human capital
requirements of the rapidly growing airline.
AirAsia has grown its
aircraft fleet from just 2 in 2001 to 76 today, while its staff
strength grew from 200 to over 6,000 presently. Apart from Kuala
Lumpur as its main hub, AirAsia’s other major hubs are Bangkok and
AirAsia Academy provides initial and recurrent
training courses for pilots, flight attendants, guest services
agents, ramp agents and engineering, as well as an induction
programme for all new AirAsia employees.
The Academy is equipped with 6 flight
simulators comprising 4 Airbus A320s, 1 Airbus A330 and
1 Boeing 737 which are run and maintained by CAE.
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