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Chinese airline hires Indian stewardesses

The China Eastern Airlines Co. Ltd has announced that 16 Indian girls will begin to work on the company's Beijing-Shanghai-New Delhi flight from Saturday.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 19:17 IST

A Chinese airline company has for the first time hired 16 Indian girls as stewardesses.

The China Eastern Airlines Co. Ltd announced on Tuesday that 16 Indian girls had completed professional training as air stewardesses and would begin to work on the company's Beijing-Shanghai-New Delhi flight from Saturday.

Their monthly salary will be $800 per person, said a spokesperson for the China Eastern Airlines.

The airline opened flights on the Beijing-Shanghai-New Delhi route in March 2002 and now there are four weekly flights on this route.

The air company also began to provide air services for passengers from Beijing and Shanghai to Mumbai and vice versa in April last year, increasing its flights between the two nations to seven a week.

Recruiting foreign stewardesses is one of the measures China Eastern Airlines has taken to further localise its air services.

Currently, the company has recruited 100 in-flight attendants from foreign countries including Japan, South Korea and India. It is planning to recruit more attendants from Russia and the Philippines, the spokesperson said.

First Published: May 30, 2006 19:17 IST