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'Lovers above the Sky' fails to take off

A DOMESTIC airline's "unique" plan to attract lovers to join the company through its pilot flight attendant recruitment is turning out to be a flight of fancy ... at least in Shanghai.

In a departure from norm, wherein job hunting as a couple has never been considered a good choice, the campus recruitment program, "Lovers above the Sky," launched by Hainan Airlines Co Ltd, recommended that student couples apply for the program and work for the company together.

Luan Kai, who is responsible for recruitment in Shanghai, said the airline believes couples working side by side could relieve the monotony in the working lives of airline crew. "Pilots and flight attendants are too busy to see their boyfriends or girlfriends quite often. Many of them are worried about that, and some even can't concentrate on their work while in the sky," Luan said.

The company plans to recruit a total of 1,500 flight attendants and 500 pilots this year.

The program encountered a cold response during campus interview sessions yesterday at Shanghai University of Engineering Science. Almost no couples turned up, compared to the crowd of applicants at other recruitment sessions.

Luan said it was a pity that the program had been given the cold shoulder. Similar was the scene at the sessions held at Shanghai Donghai Vocational and Technical College and Shanghai Institute of Technology on Sunday and Monday.

Applicants and school teachers seemed cool to the eye-catching "lovers scheme", dubbing it as a show intended to make the airline stand out among its counterparts.

"The program is just a good vision. Even if two people work for the same company, there are slim chances that they will always work on the same plane," an applicant, who asked for anonymity, told Shanghai Daily yesterday.


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