China Southern Builds First Olympic Flight Attendants Etiquette Mission in the Chinese...

Tue Dec 2, 2008 5:30am EST

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China Southern Builds First Olympic Flight Attendants Etiquette Mission in the
Chinese Aviation Industry
China Southern Airlines' Olympic Etiquette Flight Attendants Debut Brilliantly

GUANGZHOU, China, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Southern Airlines,
(NYSE: ZNH; HKSE: 1055; SHA 600029)( ) the newest
member of SkyTeam and the largest airline in The People's Republic of China is
pleased to announce the set up the First Olympic Flight Attendant Etiquette
Mission in the Chinese aviation industry.  The newly recruited thirty-four
"prospective stewardesses" of China Southern Airlines, who are former Beijing
Olympic hostesses, appeared in their inauguration ceremony, wearing Chinese
silk dresses with their hair pulled back tightly into neat buns, just the same
appearance as in the Beijing Olympic & Paralympic Games.  These beaming young
girls promised to bring Olympic-style courteous reception to airline services
and continue to commit themselves to voluntary work during the Guangzhou 2010
Asia Games.  The Guangzhou Asia Games organizing committee also expressed
their hope that the girls could spread Olympic spirit to Guangzhou and
contribute to the Guangzhou 2010 Asia Games as volunteers.  Those present at
the welcoming ceremony were headed by Mr. Tan Wangeng, Executive Vice
President of China Southern Airlines.
    In order to support the Beijing Olympic & Paralympic Games and provide
good career prospects for Olympic hostesses, China Southern Airlines announced
to recruit Olympic hostess as flight attendants in April and launched a job
fair exclusively for candidates on September 19, which attracted thousands of
applicants.  Girls bidding to become the "air hostess" were carefully selected
according to the results of an English test and face-to-face interview.  And
the society and the public also spoke highly of this righteous act undertaken
for the volunteers from China Southern.  It is reported that the first batch
of applicants are eligible to take part in initial newly hired flight
attendants training and will formally join China Southern Airlines after
successfully finishing the training courses that include inflight services,
cabin safety and professional etiquette.  The qualified new flight attendants
will be based either in Beijing or Guangzhou and are likely to be assigned to
serve international long-haul routes on A380s in the future.  They are
expected to display elegance, confidence and professional attitude during
inflight services.
    China Southern Airlines, as China's largest airline company with the most
extensive route network, has made great contributions to Olympic
transportation services.  China Southern has operated 69,417 flights and
carried nearly one-third of the Olympic Games-related passengers during the
Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games and achieved a flight punctuality rate at
92.3%, both taking the lead in the Chinese aviation industry.
    About China Southern Airlines
    China Southern Airlines, with the most extensive air network in The
People's Republic of China, operates the largest and the most state-of-the-art
aircraft fleets in the country.  Currently, China Southern Airlines operates
342 modern aircraft, serving destinations to 841 cities in 162 countries,
forming an extensive network, with Guangzhou and Beijing as its hubs, covering
all of China and radiating throughout Asia with convenient connections to all
main cities in the world via close cooperation with all the SkyTeam member
airlines.  In 2007, China Southern Airlines carried nearly 57 million
passengers, being ranked #4 in the world and #1 in Asia for annual passenger
traffic and is the only carrier in Asia entering into the World's Top Five
passenger transport airlines.
    As of 16 July 2008, China Southern Airlines had achieved more than 5
million safe flight hours and carried 2.5 hundred million passengers safely
and was honored with the Five-Star Flight Safety Award by the General
Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) -- the current most
prestigious award for safe flight operations in the Chinese aviation industry,
becoming the only Chinese carrier maintaining the longest safety record and
occupying a leading position in the international aviation industry.  China
Southern currently has nearly 70,000 employees including more than 6,000
flight attendants.  With the advance of its transformation into an
international network-oriented airline and the introduction of a several new
aircraft, the Olympic etiquette volunteers will see joining China Southern
Airlines as an ideal career choice throughout their life.
SOURCE  China Southern Airlines

Derek Shao, Public Relations Department, +86-20-8611-2410, or, or Grace Chen, Public Relations Department,
+86-20-8611-2565, or, both of China Southern Airlines
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