Australian based Virgin Blue crew will this week
vie for spots on a brand new cultural job swap program between
Virgin Blue and US based domestic airline, Virgin America.
The successful applicants will take off to the
land of hotdogs and Hollywood in October and will be integrated
into the Virgin America crew roster. While they will be based in
San Francisco, the crew will fly across all Virgin America routes
in the United States from San Diego to Seattle.
As part of their everyday role, they will be
responsible for giving flyers a taste of Australia via
announcements on the in-flight PA and personal interactions with
travellers. Virgin America will also introduce Australian wine on
board flights as part of its First Class service.
Virgin Blue will take on six Virgin America crew
to be based in Australia for the 12 month exchange. It comes off
the back of the successful Cabin Crew exchange program between
Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Blue which launched three years ago.
Recruiters from Virgin America will arrive in Australia today
(Tuesday, 4 May 2010)
to begin three days of recruitment sessions in Brisbane, Sydney
and Melbourne to select the six Virgin Blue team members who will
be swapping Vegemite on toast and Sunday roast for Yankee Doodle
Dandy and Reeses Candy.
“We are really looking forward to interviewing the Aussie
crew this week, it’s a great opportunity for some cross
promotional tourism benefits between the two countries. With both
airlines being part of the Virgin brand, we know the crew will be
a terrific fit in our US team and we will be looking out for crew
members who we think “walk the talk” and epitomise Aussie
culture,” said Director of People for Virgin America, Christine
“It’s much more than a traditional job swap
between international companies, it’s a cultural program aimed at
generating greater understanding and interest in both America and
Australia by harnessing the enthusiasm and pride these flying
ambassadors have for their home country. It’s like a walking,
talking mini tourism campaign being waged across the skies of both
countries,” Ms Morehead added.
The US crew touching down in
Australia for 12 months will be based in Sydney and will fly to
all Virgin Blue ports, including iconic Australian destinations
such as Ayers Rock and the world famous Whitsundays.
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