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First ?ASEAN? graduation celebrated by AirAsia

4th June 2009 - 19:20 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


AirAsia has held its first-ever Asean Crew Complement Graduation ceremony at the AirAsia Academy, which saw 68 trainees proudly graduating as the first group of ‘Asean’ flight attendants.

AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandes told the graduates, “Remember this day as it is a special day for you. Be the best, live your dreams. You’re in a wonderful company that allows you to live your dreams. Like I always say, dare to dream, believe the unbelievable and never take no for an answer.

“To all parents and friends, it is a proud day for all of you. It is not easy to be a flight attendant, ramp agent or guest services person. It takes lots of hard work and dedication, to earn and keep up the reputation of working for the world’s best low-cost airline. Be the best, smile and enjoy yourselves at AirAsia. Congratulations and good luck,” he added.

Of the 68 graduating flight attendants, 27 were Malaysians, 22 Thais, 14 Myanmarese, three  Indonesians and two Singaporeans.

Kamarudin Meranun, deputy group CEO remarked, “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,” Meranun concluded.

The 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).

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