No more low class Australian sexiness ...
Virgin Australia Flight Attendants Told To Take
Etiquette Classes To Get Away From 'Sex Look'
Posted: 07/22/2012 8:57 am Updated: 07/22/2012 9:56 am
The cabin crew of Virgin Australia--formerly Virgin Blue--has been asked to participate in a program called Elevate, an etiquette, wine-appreciation, grooming and body language class, in an effort to try to win business customers from flailing rival, Qantas.
Australia's Daily Telegraph reports that, among the changes, cabin crew will no longer be able to greet passengers in the true Australianism "mate", unless the passenger is a frequent flyer and has given consent to be called mate in the airline's database.
Mark Hassell, the airline's group executive of brand and customer experience, has also gotten rid of the clubbier aspects of the airline's Melbourne Airport lounge, replacing the pool table with baristas and a buffet in an effort to win over business travelers.
"We are not creating clones and we are not creating straightjackets for people," Hassell said. "We want to retain of the spirit that exists within Virgin service style and service behavior but put it in a context that is equally relevant for business-purpose and corporate travelers."
Yet at least one unidentified flight attendant sees it differently, telling The Daily Telegraph, "They want us to get away from that 'sex' look that's been attached to the company." (To that point, check out photos of Elle Macpherson and formerly Virgin Blue flight attendants model their new uniforms in 2011, below.)
The move isn't entirely surprising to people who watch the Virgin group's airlines. Earlier this year, Virgin Atlantic's flight attendants were given whispering lessons to have a "calming effect" for Upper Class passengers. "It is incredibly important that all Virgin Atlantic's cabin crew have their skills honed in order to provide the most comfortable experience possible for our passengers," Richard Fitzgerald, Virgin Atlantic's whispering coach, said at the time.
In 2011, Elle Macpherson rocked the runway with some then-Virgin Blue flight attendants to debut the airline's 60's-inspired uniforms.
Virgin Australia Flight Attendants Told To Take Etiquette Classes To Get Away From 'Sex Look'
There is so much stupidity in this story I don't even know where to begin. Business travelers don't like the sex look? What?
Business class doesn't shoot pool.
...said a Virgin trolley dolly."They want us to get away from that 'sex' look that's been attached to the company."
There are few problems in life that cannot be solved with toast.
One of them, however, is opening a can of corned beef with that stupid key. This cannot easily be done at the best of times, and toast is of surprisingly little use in resolving the issue.
"You really want to save the planet?...the next time you see a hybrid car with a childseat... smash the window, remove the childseat and replace it with a box of condoms..." Doug Stanhope
In the image above the girls look neither trashy nor sexy. Maybe that is the real problem here... they are going about it all wrong. Rather than trying to get away from the "sex" look, they should try and get the "sex" look right.