Eva Airways opens door for male cabin crew for first time
Monday, June 24, 2019
Taiwan's Eva Airways said today after a shareholders' meeting that it plans to recruit about 200 flight attendants later this year, including males, for the first time in the company's history.
While all 4,200 flight attendants are female, Eva President Clay Sun said the airline will introduce new cabin crew, including foreign and male flight attendants, CNA reports.
There will not be any difference between jobs for male and female flight attendants, and they will be paid equal wages, Sun said.
The move came against the backdrop of an ongoing Eva Air strike in which some 2,000 flight attendants have participated, leading to cancellations of 911 flights between today and Friday.
The company said the strike since June 20 had incurred a loss of NT$600 million (US$19.4 million) as of June 23, adding that it will announce adjusted flight schedules for July on June 26, but indicated no compromise with the union.
Asked how the company plans to deal with the impasse, Sun said Eva Air will try to ensure "sustainable operations to support all of its 20,000 employees."
Sun said there will be more communication between top management, including himself and Chairman Steve Lin, and grassroots employees.
Eva Air issued NT$0.5 in cash dividends per share and NT$0.3 in stock dividends per share today.