UK airlines launch legal battle against coronavirus quarantine ruling

UK airlines launch legal battle against coronavirus quarantine ruling

IAG, easyJet and Ryanair have started legal proceedings against the government in a bid to overturn quarantine rules to take effect in the UK from Monday.

The airlines have sent a pre-action protocol letter setting out why they believe the moves (expecting passengers arriving from abroad to self-isolate for 14 days) are illogical and unfair. 

The Guardian reported that the letter was sent on Friday.

Airlines and travel firms have protested against the new Home Office-led regulations, saying they came months too late to stop the transmission of coronavirus and will kill off recovery in the industry.

The airlines’ letter argues that the quarantine measures are more severe than those that were in place when the risk of the virus was greater. It also objects that enforcement of the regulations appear to apply to England, and people arriving in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland would not face the same penalties. 

A Ryanair spokesperson, commenting on behalf of the three airlines, said: “These measures are disproportionate and unfair on British citizens as well as international visitors arriving in the UK. We urge the government to remove this ineffective visitor quarantine which will have a devastating effect on the UK’s tourism industry and will destroy even more thousands of jobs in this unprecedented crisis.”

The quarantine row comes after further uproar over British Airways’s plans to cut 12,000 jobs.

The government argues the quarantine rules are science-based and would help limit the risk of a second wave.

Home secretary, Priti Patel, said: “We all want to return to normal as quickly as possible. But this cannot be at the expense of lives. The science is clear that if we limit the risk of new cases being brought in from abroad, we can help stop a devastating second wave.

“That is why the measures coming into force today are necessary. They will help control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Pilots union BALPA told members on Saturday that BA had increased the number of pilot redundancies it was seeking by another 125 to almost 1,300, more than a quarter of the workforce.

It warned that BA had said it would “force changes by terminating the employment of all pilots and offering individuals new contracts with associated new terms and conditions” if they could not find agreement.

Aviation job fears continue as Airbus to cut 15,000 jobs

Aviation job fears continue as Airbus to cut 15,000 jobs

Airbus plans to cut 15,000 jobs following the challenges coronavirus has placed on the airline industry.

 

1700 jobs are at risk in the UK, including major sites in Broughton in North Wales and Bristol. 

 

Thousands more will be affected –  6000 jobs in Germany, 900 affected in Spain and 5000 in France, as well as sites in other countries worldwide.

 

Around 134,000 people work for Airbus across the world.

 

Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury said: “Airbus is facing the gravest crisis this industry has ever experienced.

 

“The measures we have taken so far have enabled us to absorb the initial shock of this global pandemic.

 

“Now, we must ensure that we can sustain our enterprise and emerge from the crisis as a healthy, global aerospace leader, adjusting to the overwhelming challenges of our customers.

 

“To confront that reality, we must now adopt more far-reaching measures.”

 

The move is subject to talks with unions which have opposed compulsory redundancies.

 

The Unite union commented that the Airbus announcement was “another act of industrial vandalism” against the UK aerospace sector.

 

More details of the job losses will come at the end of the week following talks with unions.

 

Unite said it expected 1116 manufacturing jobs and 611 office-based jobs to be affected, reducing Airbus UK’s workforce by 15%. 

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has been little short of catastrophic for the airline industry. At one point in April, global air traffic was down by more than 90% – but aircraft still need to be maintained, and leasing costs must be paid.

 

The firm expects to make the cuts by summer 2021.

 

DS, the UK trade body representing the aerospace, defence and security sectors, said new measures were “urgently required” to support a recovery in the sector.

 

Its chief executive Paul Everitt said: “This is undoubtedly the toughest period the global aerospace industry has ever faced.

 

“Being the largest commercial aircraft company in the UK, Airbus is central to our aerospace industry and has a close relationship with its highly integrated UK supply chain.

 

“This difficult news will be unsettling for their employees and those working as part of the supply chain.”

 

Thousands of roles have also been axed at airlines British Airways, easyJet, Virgin and Ryanair as a result of the lockdown.

 

We are urging anyone now seeking employment to search for jobs on Aviation Job Search. We hope we can help you find something soon.

 

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Step Fourteen – Managing relationships with colleagues

Step Fourteen – Managing relationships with colleagues

Following on from our article from last month, Step Thirteen – Managing Conflict as Cabin Crew, this month we’re focusing on how to deal with relationships with your fellow crew-members.

As Cabin Crew, you’ll work with a wide range of colleagues, and on the majority of flights will find yourself working with a different set of crew, and people who you might not have met before.

Unfortunately, it’s likely that sooner or later you’ll come across someone who you don’t quite gel with. This is perfectly OK! However, despite your feelings, you have to learn to stay professional, and push personal opinions to the side for the duration of your flight.

 

The importance of communication

Your main purpose as crew is to ensure the safety of your passengers during their flight. To do this you need to work together as a team, and ensure good communication at all times – otherwise things can escalate quickly and badly in an emergency.

Some people are naturally more abrasive to work with than others. However, this is not the time to take it personally, and react in kind to their behaviour. It’s hard, but unless their behaviour is unacceptably rude or aggressive towards you, or it is jeopardising the safety of the flight, then stay calm, and remain civil.

This is often more difficult than it sounds! But try not to let your agitation get the upper hand.

Again, remember as Cabin Crew that you’re the ‘face’ of the airline – and it’s part of your responsibilities to remain professional at all times, whether you’re dealing with customers or colleagues. 

 

Dealing with difficult colleagues

While it’s important to get on with your duties on the flight, and make sure procedure is followed, you can still assess the situation with an awkward team member, and bring to the attention of the senior crew member or intervene if:

  • Your colleague is doing something that is against protocol.
  • Your colleague is refusing to carry out their assigned duties. 
  • Your colleague is being abusive, unprofessional or using inappropriate or offensive language.
  • Your colleague is acting against the diversity commitment of your airline.

 

If you feel like you are being bullied or discriminated against yourself, this is NOT acceptable.

You are within your rights to calmly, discreetly and professionally talk to your colleague about the situation if you feel it will help. However, if it could cause issues or disruption whilst in the air it may be better to talk to a senior crew member or someone with more experience.

 

Personality clashes

Sometimes a situation with a colleague may not affect the quality of service on the flight, but may make you feel anxious or irritated.

Maybe you feel like you’re being left out as the rest of the crew have worked together before. Or that a more experienced crew-member is talking down to you.

It’s difficult, particularly when you’re just starting out in your Cabin Crew career. But rise above it – for every person you work with you that you don’t get along with you’ll meet many that you will!

A fellow member of crew might seem to be in a bad mood, and not very forthcoming, but remember it’s most likely nothing to do with you – some people are able to hide their emotions better than others when they’re dealing with difficulties in their personal lives.

We all want to be liked and to be popular. But you simply won’t get on swimmingly with every single person you meet – that’s life! Just stay calm, speak in a friendly, polite tone and don’t take it personally.

 

Teamwork problems

You may not be the only one on the flight that day finding a particular crew member difficult! Sometimes in a team situation you find yourself with a co-worker who just doesn’t seem to want to pull their weight!

When a team member doesn’t do their share, or displays a bad attitude, there’s a risk this can drag down the morale and productivity of the rest of the team, leading to poor team efficiency, lower levels of commitment, and less focus.

In these cases ignoring the issue can make things worse, as other members of the team get increasingly frustrated.

It’s important to consider the roots of the person’s behaviour. It could be that they are dealing with a stressful situation at home that is leading to distraction, or maybe feeling work pressures that you’re unaware of. It could even be that they lack confidence and they’re not sure how to best contribute!

 

This is why things can get worse when team members just shun someone who isn’t carrying their weight. So take the lead, and make sure you’re not ostracizing them – try to connect and find out what’s wrong before jumping to conclusions.

This way, you first try to find out whether there is any confusion with your unwilling colleague, and then help clarify duties so they have a better understanding of what’s expected of them.

Dealing with a wide variety of colleagues is something you’ll have to get used to in a Cabin Crew role. And if you think back to your previous experiences in education or employment, there will surely be examples of people you’ve had to work with that you haven’t necessarily hit it off with!

If you’re a person who likes to be friendly with everyone, and dislikes bad feeling or conflict then this can be really difficult. But like we discussed last month, treat it as an experience to learn from, and to use to build your character!

 

Next steps

The crew members you do get along with will likely end up being your close friends – and there’s nothing better than having time to explore a new city on layover with your crew-buddies!

Join us next time as we share what to do (and what not to do) to make the most of your layovers. 

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Cabin Crew: Salary Guide

Cabin Crew: Salary Guide

The subject of salary for cabin crew is often shrouded in mystery, largely due to the fact that current members of crew are advised by their airline not to discuss their salaries. So we spoke to cabin crew expert, Patricia Green, to find out what cabin crew could realistically earn.

New airline to launch in China

New airline to launch in China

The second biggest airline in China is set to launch a new carrier despite the current challenges the airline industry is facing.

 

China Eastern is working with a host of partners, including Trip.com, China’s biggest online travel agency.

 

The new airline will be focused on the island destination of Hainan.

 

Many are skeptical about the announcement considering the global downturn the coronavirus pandemic has placed upon tourism. 

 

No timeframe has been given for the launch of the new airline as of yet. 

 

China Eastern will own a majority 51% share in the new carrier, according to the BBC, called Sanya International Airlines.

 

Other companies backing the move include Juneyao Airlines and a unit of Trip.com, as announced by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Sunday.

 

Greg Waldron, Asia managing editor at FlightGlobal magazine, said: “The airline’s official launch will likely depend on the continued recovery of Chinese domestic traffic and the Covid-19 situation in both China and regionally.

 

“It takes time to build an airline, however, so a great deal of work needs to take place in terms of equipment and personnel before the airline takes to the air.”

 

Hainan has become a popular holiday destination for Chinese tourists and is about 30 times the size of Hong Kong. Partners will be hoping to capitalise on this.

 

Chinese president Xi Jinping is also planning to turn the island into the nation’s largest free-trade zone.

 

Shaun Rein, founder of the China Market Research Group, said it was actually a good time to start a new airline focused on Hainan.

 

“Even before Covid, 2020 was the year of domestic Chinese tourism as China wants to focus more on seeing their own country, especially hot spots like Hainan, Yunnan and emerging ones like Gansu.

 

“Hainan itself as a destination is hot right now, especially as the government supports duty-free shopping there. Hainan also has no quarantine or other travel restrictions.”

 

How to write a successful Cabin Crew CV

How to write a successful Cabin Crew CV

If your idea of a dream job is flying to all parts of the world, then you’ll need a job winning cabin crew CV!

In this blog, we’ll look at what recruiters want to see in a cabin crew CV, and we’ll also lend a few helpful tips on how to make yours stand out in a never ending pile of applications. You’ll also find advice on how to structure your CV, and general best practice. We’ll also provide an example CV to help you build your own. 

 

Important things to remember:

 

Height

Some airlines want to know your height. You should include this somewhere in your CV, and perhaps any other essential parts they have asked for like, your swimming ability, any extra languages you speak etc. Just make sure that if they have included it in their job advert as a requirement, that you can confirm it to them in your application. It’s all a tick in the box for them. 

 

Photograph

Unlike other industries, cabin crew jobs require you to include a photo. It’s important that this photo is highly professional, a head shot of your face and shoulders, and you should be in business attire – it might look something like a passport photo.

Airlines look for neat and tidy individuals who are articulated and well presented – if you can portray this in your photo, you’ll be one step closer to achieving your dream job.

Hot tip: If you know what the cabin crew members wear at your chosen airline, try to emulate this in your picture e.g. hair tidy and scooped back into a bun, and neat makeup (or clean face and shave if you’re a male). You could also wear the same colour blazer and short to show that you think you would fit the bill.

 

Contact details

So the first thing that you need to make sure you have included in your CV is your contact details – and the right details at that! Because how on earth is a recruiter going to be able to contact you if you have an old phone number or a spelling mistake in your email address? Trust us, this happens a lot! A simple mistype could mean a recruiter has to bin your CV because they can’t get in touch with you.

This section will sit at the very top of your CV.

Set your details out like this: 

Amanda Warden

635 Purley Avenue,

Paisley,

Renfrewshire,

PA7 RTU

 

Hot tip: You don’t need to add Curriculum Vitae‘ to the top of your CV – because it’s quite obvious if you’ve applied directly for a role. Instead, use this space to include the job title you aspire to have e.g. Cabin Crew for Virgin Atlantic.

 

Personal summary

A personal summary or statement is a short paragraph, consisting of a few sentences that sits at the top of your CV (after your contact details). It might be around 100 – 200 words long.

This is an essential part of your CV, that unbelievably, a lot of people forget to include. But as the first main paragraph of your application, we would advise you to make sure it’s in your CV – and that it’s highly tailored to the role.

On average, recruiters look at a CV for around 8 seconds – that’s not a lot of time to convince them to love you – so by crafting a highly targeted personal summary, you can hit all the right notes in the short space of time they view your CV

Things to consider including in your personal summary would be anything you feel is essential for the role e.g. experience in customer service, or a positive and confident personality, and a real team player.

It might look something like this: 

An outgoing individual who is passionate about customer service. With over 6 years’ experience at top retailer Boots, I am highly skilled at maintaining hospitable environments and engaging with people from all walks of life. Confident in my ability to communicate from a history of public speaking, I am committed to ensuring passengers receive the highest level of customer care and safety standards to ensure they have a positive experience.

Hot tip: Target your CV to specific airlines if you really want to give it the wow factor.

 

Skills

Many recruiters outline key skills they think candidates should have to be successful in a job. So you should take note from this job description that these skills should be showcased on your CV. Include a new section on your CV so these stand out immediately to a recruiter. Skills or areas of expertise for a cabin crew job might include:

  • Competent in X amount of languages (then list which ones)
  • Outstanding customer service
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Avid team player
  • Professional
  • Highly adaptable
  • Problem solver
  • Organised

 

Hot tip: Skills related to communication and customer service are valued for a cabin crew role, so you can always go into further detail about this in your cover letter too.

 

Work experience

If you’re new to the aviation industry, don’t worry! Many airlines hire cabin crew at entry level, so as long as you can relay that you have transferable skills for the job, you’ll still be considered.

If you have previous experience in customer service or something similar, include it here, and bullet point any relevant tasks that might help to showcase that you can perform the skills needed for your cabin crew job. Emphasis on relevant. Recruiters are time poor, so don’t fill up valuable space with tasks that don’t relate back to the job you want. 

If you’re just coming out of school, you might want to include your education section first, before, your work experience, and then highlight any part-time jobs you may have had while you studied.

And if you have previous experience as cabin crew, great! You should have no problem with this section – just try to keep it short and relevant.

 

Education and qualifications

Include the relevant qualifications and your school education e.g. high school, sixth form or college, and university, if applicable. Set it out like this, with the name of the institution, date you attended and the level of education you received there:

Corley High School 2006-2010

GCSEs – English (B), Maths (C) and Science (B) 

Art – A

Religious Education (A)

Geography (B)

And so on…

You might have achieved relevant want qualifications for your cabin crew job, so make sure you include these. For example: first aid, emergency procedures, customer service and safety. Again, for credibility, be sure to include the name of the place you received your qualification form, the name of the qualification, date you completed it and the level of qualification you achieved.

Hot tip: Take a look here if you’re searching for relevant courses for cabin crew

 

Hobbies

Many people don’t consider including hobbies and interests on a CV, but for a recruiter, understanding your interests helps to back up the type of person you are and if you are the right personality for the job. 

For example, if you’ve claimed to be a team player, the fact that you play volleyball and are also team captain shows that you have that skill. If you enjoy speaking publicly at clubs or member events, this shows you are confident with communication. So don’t count this section out.   

 

Layout

The above helps you to give an idea of how your CV should be laid out to a recruiter, but here is a visual too: 

 

 

 

And here are some other tips we think you’ll find useful for your CV too: 

 

Want more advice on your CV? Why not download our helpful CV guide:

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