Travellers aboard AirAsia X flights out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, are now being welcomed by the first Australian cabin crew to fly for the airline.
Chloe Markham and Hayley Austin, both from Queensland, are the first Australian graduates from the AirAsia-CAE Aviation Centre of Excellence in Kuala Lumpur.
They have completed their cabin safety training program which covers all aspects of cabin safety training and procedures which enables graduates to join airlines, including AirAsia, on a range of aircraft types.
AirAsia X chief executive officer Benyamin Ismail said the airline was delighted to recruit enthusiastic Australians as crew aboard its flights between Australia and other destinations across ASEAN.
“Our guests from around the world are pleased to see Australians amongst our crew members who mostly hail from Asia.
“They receive a lot of compliments from all our passengers and obviously Australians feel right at home with them aboard. We will see more Aussie cabin crew entering our ranks in the near future.”
Chloe Markham had some previous experience in aviation in Australia including in ground operations in Mackay and Perth before deciding to fulfil her love of aviation by joining the cabin crew with AirAsia X.
“I had always noticed the fantastic, happy culture of the AirAsia staff,” Chloe said.
“I’ve loved aviation since I was a young child through growing up, watching my dad work across Australia in the field; I guess you could say aviation is in my blood.
“Being blonde and fair, I do get some surprised looks, and I do receive quite a bit of attention. When I’m in the AirAsia uniform going through airports, I’ll often be approached by people wanting a photograph with me.”
For Hayley Austin a school trip to Japan cemented a love of Asia and a dream to work for an Asian airline.
“I watched the flight attendants working on the aircraft and thought from that moment on that I’d like to be a flight attendant for an Asian airline,” Hayley said.
(left) Hayley Austin and (right) Chloe Markham.
“I’ve found that there’s a bit of a novelty factor on the flights as passengers are usually used to seeing crew from Asian countries on AirAsia flights. Even some of the other crew try to mimic our accents!
“Lots of passengers on the Hangzhou and Taipei flights have filmed me, especially when we do the demonstrations. They snapchat pictures of me because they haven’t seen Australians working on the flights before.”
Chloe and Hayley are both currently based in Kuala Lumpur which is their hub for flights to such destinations as Australia, China, Japan, Taiwan, India, South Korea, New Zealand and the Middle East.
From Australia AirAsia X flies daily to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from Perth (14 flights per week) Sydney (11 flights per week), Melbourne (14 flights per week), and Gold Coast (11 flights per week).