Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Airlines celebrate women’s day with all-women recruitment drive, flights & fare sale

While Air India and AirAsia have announced all-women flights to commemorate Women’s Day, SpiceJetBSE 7.26 % is conducting an exclusive recruitment drive for women pilots for its Boeing 737 and Bombardier Q400 fleet.

Vistara took the offering a little further by announcing a one-day sale offering all-inclusive fares starting at Rs 1,099. The sale will stay open from 0001 hrs to 2359 hrs of March 8, 2018, for travel between March 16, 2018 and October 10, 2018.

“While the sale is open for all, there will be additional Club Vistara benefits for women customers who book during the Sale. The airline will award 1000 bonus Club Vistara points to all its women frequent flyer members if they book tickets on March 8, 2018,” Vistara said in a relelase.

SpiceJet said that interviews are scheduled for March 7 and 8, 2018, at the airline’s training academy in Gurugram and is open for both captains and first officers, having a valid commercial pilot license. This move is aimed at increasing the strength of its women cockpit crew to one-third of the total number of pilots at SpiceJet, the airline said.
SpiceJet will also operate three special flights with all women cockpit and cabin crew on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Women passengers travelling alone will be given priority for upgrade, check-in and for boarding. On-board complimentary hot beverage (with complimentary cookies) will be offered to all women passengers on all Boeing and Q-400 flights, the airline said.
AirAsia India, which will operate four flights with all-women crew, also said in their release that they hope to see many more women taking the skies.
“With India having the highest number of women pilots in the world at approximately 12%, we at AirAsia India hope to see many more women taking to the skies,” Amar Abrol, MD & CEO of AirAsia India was quoted in the release.
Apart from operating all-women flights, Vistara will provide complimentary one-class upgrade to all solo women flyers on March 8, subject to availability upon check-in and priority boarding (“First to board”) for all women travellers on March 8.
07/03/18 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times