Labour selling policies now?

Labour Party may have ditched their planned “Man Ban”, but they appear to have on-sold the policy to an Indian airline!


GoAir has announced it’s going to stop hiring men as flight attendants, in a bid to save NZ$500,000 a year on its fuel bill. The airline says their 130 male flight attendants are heavier than the women staff members, and so the blokes will be progressively phased out…

British Airways is hoping to reduce its fuel bill in the years ahead by gradually replacing its ageing Boeing 747s with Airbus A380s. GoAir, in India, is taking a slightly different approach: it is going to stop hiring men as flight attendants. 

The eight-year-old budget airline reckons that a less weighty work force will in future allow it to save 30m rupees ($500,000) a year from its fuel bill. Each kilo of weight costs 3 rupees per flying hour, apparently. The Times of India reports that the airline has around 130 male flight attendants at present—and they will not lose their jobs. But as GoAir plans to increase its fleet by 80 planes over the next seven years, it will need to hire around 2,000 more cabin crew and pilots. And the cabin crew will be women. To be fair to GoAir, it has a few other fuel-saving ideas, such as sharklets on its new planes’ wing tips and smaller in-flight magazines. But, zanily enough, it’s the women-only employment policy for new flight attendants that is attracting all the attention.


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  • Jman

    If it was just about saving weight, they would have made the rule that they only hire flight attendants who weigh under a certain amount. Why not hire diminutive male flight attendants? The reality is that airlines know the most popular type of flight attendant is the attractive female – which is one of the reasons why airlines which eschew political correctness like Emirates, Cathay Pacific and Singapore airlines have done so well.

    • Kendall

      Positive unintended (well intended maybe) consequences.

  • Justsayn

    Clearly midgets will be in high demand, but closing those overhead lockers may prove a tall order.