Hundreds compete for Air Macau flight jobs


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Some 700 applicants showed up at an Air Macau recruitment drive Saturday to fill 15 flight attendant vacancies.

The Macau-based Air Macau operates 10 flights between Taipei and Macau, and four flights between the southern port city of Kaohsiung and Macau on a daily basis, carrying mainly Taiwanese business people based in China.

Air Macau CEO David Fei commended the applicants as ambitious and well prepared, adding that attitude was the key factor in the selection process.

Fei said that Air Macau’s stewards and stewardesses from Taiwan are the airline’s most popular among its passengers.

“I have great confidence in our Taiwanese flight attendants, “ he said.

One of the applicants Janet Chen, while waiting in a long line for a preliminary interview, said that she hoped the stewardess job would allow her to become more familiar with social protocol and that she would learn how to better interact with people.

“It is the dream of many young women to become a stewardess, “ said Chen.”If I do not succeed today,I will seek other opportunities to fulfill my dream.”

Another applicant Wang Tze-kang said he was interested in serving people.

“Being a flight attendant will give me an opportunity not only to serve passengers, but also to travel,” he said.

Amid concerns that Air Macau and the Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonnair would suffer if direct flights are launched between Taiwan and China, Air Macau has been planning for the possible change.

The incoming Kuomintang government is likely to allow only Taiwanese and Chinese airlines to operate the direct cross strait route.

Saturday’s recruitment drive was not only a bid to hire more Taiwanese employees, but was also part of the airline’s preparations for future development in the aviation market, according to Vickie Shih, general manager of Air Macau Taiwan office.

“Air Macau’s temporary mission of serving Taiwanese businessmen (in China) seems to be ending,” Shih noted. “The airline will now promote Macau as a destination, rather than just a transit stop.”