EVA Air to End Male Flight Attendant Ban

Taiwan's EVA Airways has announced that it will hire male cabin crew for the first time due to the current flight attendant strike impacting on flight cancellations

Industrial action began late last week with the airline cancelling 150 flights over the weekend.

It is likely to impact travel plans of more than 100,000 passengers booked on flights this week.

The Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union says it involves about 50% of EVA’s cabin crew workforce and will continue until June 28.

The union is seeking higher basic and overtime pay, and better working conditions.

Deputy Transportation Minister Wang Kwo-tsai urged the two parties to resume talks however there are no signs that airline management will compromise.

EVA says it will be able to maintain scheduled operations at about 40% and stopped accepting new bookings on June 21.

Partly as a result of the strike, it will now  begin hiring male flight attendants for the first time, which will include foreign nationals, EVA president Clay Sun said.

It already has a group of new recruits but training has been pushed back as instructors have been deployed to cover for striking crew members.

The first batch of male cabin crew will come from existing ground crew workers due to their familiarity with operations and company culture.