SYDNEY: AirAsia X has hired two pretty Australian blondes to broaden its appeal to travellers. And it seems to be working.
Queensland’s Chloe Markham and Hayley Austin are the first Aussie cabin crew hired by the airline, according to a report in News.com.au.
The duo work predominantly on flights between Kuala Lumpur and the Australian ports of Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
News.com.au quoted AirAsia X Chief Executive Officer Benyamin Ismail as saying more Australian cabin crew would join Chloe and Hayley in the near future.
“Our guests from around the world are pleased to see Australians among 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 on board,” he was quoted as saying.
According to the report, the flight attendants are enjoying “rock star” treatment from passengers enamoured by their blonde hair and fair skin.
Austin said some of the passengers of Hangzhou and Taipei flights had filmed her, especially during safety demonstrations.
“They snapchat pictures of me because they haven’t seen Australians working on the flights before. Passengers are usually used to seeing crew from Asian countries on AirAsia flights,” she was quoted as saying.
Markham said: “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.”
AirAsia X is expected to add new routes in Australia next year, including direct flights between Brisbane and KL and from a regional centre such as Townsville.
The Brisbane service would fill a void in the market created by Malaysia Airlines’ withdrawal last year, the News.com.au report said.