Japan Airlines bags 2018 J-Win Diversity Award

The J-Win Diversity Award honors Japanese corporations that are actively promoting diversity.
Photo: Japan Airlines

(From Japan Airlines)

TOKYO — The president of Japan Airlines, Yoshiharu Ueki, was selected today as the winner of the Executive Management Award during the J-Win Diversity Award 2018 ceremony, sponsored by the Japan Women’s Innovation Network (NPO Corporation J-Win).

This will be the second J-Win Diversity Award the company has received since being presented the Basic Achievement Award in 2017.

The J-Win Diversity Award honors Japanese corporations that are actively promoting diversity and inclusion and will be the eleventh year of the award since its inception in 2008.

The Executive Management Award is presented to top executives who have shown exceptional leadership skills in promoting diversity and inclusion in their respective workplace. (Full Story Here)


Emirates to operate one-off service to Bahrain

(By Emirates)

DUBAI, UAE — Emirates will operate a special one-off A380 service to Bahrain on December 15, one day ahead of the country’s 46th National Day celebrations.

The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK 835 and EK 836, departing Dubai at 0055hrs and arriving in Bahrain at 0110hrs. The flight will then depart Bahrain at 0350hrs arriving in Dubai at 0605hrs.

Emirates has been flying to Bahrain since 2000, developing its operations by increasing its services based on growing demand, and today operates four daily flights to the Kingdom, connecting Bahraini travelers to over 150 global destinations, including key commercial and leisure centers in Europe, the US and Far East.

Emirates will operate a special one-off A380 service to Bahrain on December 15, one day ahead of the country’s 46th National Day celebrations.
Photo: Emirates

The Emirates A380 flying to Bahrain will be set in a two-class configuration, featuring 58 flatbed seats in Business Class and 120 Economy Class seats on the upper deck with another 437 seats in Economy Class on the lower deck.

Premium class passengers traveling on the A380 can experience Emirates’ Onboard Lounge where they can socialize, network and enjoy complimentary beverages, canapés and other special delicacies.

Passengers in all classes can enjoy Emirates’ multi award-winning ‘ice’ Digital Widescreen entertainment system, offering over 2,500 channels of on-demand entertainment available in almost 40 languages.

The largest selection of programming in the sky includes TV shows, the latest films, games, podcasts and Live TV, including a robust selection of Arabic programming. (Full Story Here)

Delta, Air France join forces vs. breast cancer

(By Emma Kate Protis, Delta Air Lines)

Breast cancer survivors, family and friends affected by the disease rallied together to raise awareness on an Air France flight from Paris to Atlanta Monday evening.

Two years ago, Air France employees passionate about the cause formed Les Hotesses De L’Air Contre Le Cancer, or flight attendants against cancer, to raise support for Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in France and worldwide.

Flight 688 was operated by crew and survivors affected by the disease and was the first international Air France flight to raise money for BCRF.

Delta’s breast cancer plane
Photo: Delta Air Lines

Flight attendant Astrid Aulong-Beaumont started the Air France campaign after losing a dear friend to breast cancer, saying her inspiration came from watching Delta support BCRF for 12 years.

Delta has raised over $13 million for breast cancer research since 2005 and operates “pink” flights annually during October. She envisions their grassroots movement growing to the same scale internationally.

“When our partners join Delta in carrying us closer to a cure, it maximizes awareness,” said Tracy Foster, Manager – In-Flight Service for Delta.

While breast cancer research garners much attention in the United States, it’s a topic scarcely promoted in France.

“I just kept thinking – if there is one of us, there must be more,” said Ruiz Pierre, an Air France flight attendant, who joined Les Hotesses De L’air during her three-year battle with breast cancer. (Full Story Here)

Positive outlook helps flight attendant fight breast cancer

(By American Airlines)

“Keep looking forward and keep moving forward” is the motto Chicago O’Hare (ORD)-based flight attendant Debby Simpson lives by. The three-time cancer survivor believes keeping a positive outlook has helped in her fight against the disease.

“I look to other people living with cancer and cancer survivors for inspiration,” Debby said. “They give me the motivation to live the best life I can, enjoy every moment and to be positive and strong.”

“In December 2000, I was initially diagnosed with breast cancer,” Debby said. “I found a small lump. All the tests up until what they call a simple lumpectomy were negative for cancer. I wasn’t even expecting to be diagnosed. But when the tumor came out, it tested positive for cancer.”

The pink ribbon is a symbol to show support for breast cancer awareness
Photo by MesserWoland (https://commons.wikimedia.org)

Debby underwent chemotherapy and radiation and returned to work about 15 months later, but she wasn’t in the clear.

“In December 2003, I was diagnosed again. I was on an airplane to London, having some back issues, and I knew something was wrong,” she said. “I went to my chiropractor and he suggested I go to my oncologist, and I thought ‘what?’ So I went to my oncologist, he took a PET scan and my cancer had come back.”

This time, the cancer returned in Debby’s bones, brain, liver and lung. “It was a pretty daunting diagnosis at that time,” she said.

Once again, the American Airlines flight attendant underwent cancer treatment. It took Debby about six years before she was back to flying full-time.

“I finally did come back to work and back to flying. I’m very happy flying,” she said. “I love being a flight attendant. I love the job,” Debby said. “Of course, my seniority over the years has gotten better, so I’ve been able to rearrange my schedule so I can travel, be with family, be with friends; and I love taking care of our customers on the airplane. I’m excited about all the new aircraft we have and the new destinations coming up.”

While on a layover in Paris in 2014, Debby suffered another health setback. “I had a cardiac arrest,” she said. “I went out to get coffee and never came back to the hotel.”

A passing stranger found Debby in the street and called out for someone to perform CPR. Debby was rushed to the hospital and spent two weeks in Paris before coming home with a defibrillator. (Full Story Here)

Emirates celebrates Diwali in Dubai

(By Emirates)

Dubai, UAE — Recognizing the vital role of food in celebrations and traditions that bring people together, Emirates’ Cabin Crew surprised and delighted residents of all ages in the heart of Dubai, marking the start of Diwali.

Emirates’ crew spread festive joy and distributed traditional sweet treats and confections under the twinkling festive lights of Bur Dubai.

Emirates’ Cabin Crew surprised and delighted residents of all ages in the heart of Dubai, marking the start of Diwali.
Photo: Emirates

Emirates’ Cabin Crew gave out hundreds of decorated boxes of sweets in Meena Bazaar, a popular area in Dubai known for its ethnic shops and bustling streets where many people shop for their traditional Diwali essentials.

The crew members also helped create a traditional Rangoli to celebrate the festival of lights.

Travelers are able to get a taste of Diwali delicacies available onboard this year on all India-bound Emirates flights during the week of Diwali celebrations, which is set to start on October 19.

Sweets distributed included Ladoos and Khajur burfi, along with other specialties like Moong Dal burfi, all embellished, representing the traditional decoration of Diwali. (Full Story Here)

British Airways welcomes 1,000 students

(By British Airways)

LONDON — British Airways is welcoming more than 1,000 students as part of Work Experience Month 2017.

Students will get to experience the airline’s world class facilities and speak to colleagues at its engineering bases at Heathrow, Cardiff and Glasgow, and its Global Learning Academy training center. The students will meet and learn from the carrier’s professional operations teams at its Heathrow Terminal 5 operation, including customer service staff, turnround managers and baggage, loading and cargo specialists.

British Airways professionals from across the company will share their experience and expertise with the students to give them an insight into how the airline delivers its hugely complex global flight operation to more than 200 short and long-haul destinations, maintaining world class customer service and the highest levels of safety and maintenance on its fleet of more than 280 aircraft.


British Airways crews 
Photo: British Airways

The airline is committed to encouraging the next generation of talent – both male and female – in operational areas, as well as customer service and head office positions, and its leading role in the work experience month has helped many people gain a career in aviation, including on the airline’s extensive apprenticeships and graduate schemes.

The airline’s continuing campaign to encourage more female applicants to pilot and engineering roles sees current female flight crew attend schools, colleges and recruitment events throughout the year.

British Airways chief executive, Alex Cruz, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for any young person with an interest in aviation and we’re extremely proud to be supporting the initiative.

“We strongly believe in inspiring future talent and we’re privileged to be able to share our decades of experience and modern facilities with students from across the UK.

“The travel industry has a huge amount to offer and we hope that this will be a first step in encouraging tomorrow’s leading aviation professionals, including flying crew, customer service colleagues and engineers.” (Full Story Here)