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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Female airlines

I travelled Jet Airways after a long time today. And in a banter with a fellow passenger, recognised one of its value propositions.

One of the selling points for Kingfisher are air-hostesses, right? Of course, we can go on about the goody bag and the food and the tv screens, but put women in red skirts and you get male passengers. I personally don't think that all of them are model material, but I'll restrict opinion about the women to myself.

On the other side of the spectrum stands Indian Airlines. People say that it has stern looking matrons rather than hostesses. "...stern looking grumpy 45 year old Kokila at the forward section, 28 year old harassed and unhappy looking Sweta at the first class and 54 year old Matilda who works at the rear and just gives everyone a glance from back there. All three have "dont mess with me" written allover their faces!..."

I disagree with this to an extent. I think the biggest problem with Indian Airlines is consistency. Some of the best times I have had while flying have been on Indian Airlines. So have some of the worst times. As far as women are concerned, some of them are actually quite young and fetching. At the very least, most of them look genuine, instead of the fake smiles I encounter in Jet. I guess different strokes for different folks. By the way, Rajat pumps for spicy women at Spice Jet here.

However, this post is not about rating air-hostesses at all. In fact, I am against rating air-hostesses. Or rather, I am for rating stewards in the same way as rating air-hostesses.

I tried to search for ten minutes but couldn't come up with a single post on how hot some of the stewards are (or how ugly). All that turned up was this news piece on IA stewards being called to lose weight (on which the Tabloid has a different take - "IA to ground overweight air-hostesses). Why are the chick-lit bloggers shy about expressing their admiration for stewards (or critical about portly men)?

In fact, why is it that bloggers are focusing on air-hostesses rather than stewards? Why are airlines allowed to get away with blatant sexism? In fact, this is largely true for international airlines as well.
Today, while travelling in Jet Airways, I realised how good looking some of the men are. Sahara also employs men but they do not come close to the super-models that Jet employs. While one of them had aquiline features, the other had the most dreamy eyes. Both had taut, tall gaits. Warm smiles. Enough to make most women melt (and a few men).

My fellow passenger was hooked. She called Jet "the female airlines". I agree.


Anonymous ash said...


My best friend's parents work for Air India. Her dad looks absolutely smashing in his air steward uniform ... we all had a bit of a teenage crush on him :)

And I know a couple of guys who were 'auditioning' for Jet, and learning make-up tricks from her mom !

Thursday, June 22, 2006 5:16:00 PM

Blogger Happy-Go-Lucky said...

Looks like somebody just saw Brokeback Mountain .


I find the *air-hostesses* at IA pretty pretty. Was flying in the wee hours to singapore, didnt bat an eyelid.

The ones @ Jet are obnoxious and silly.

Thursday, June 22, 2006 7:58:00 PM

Blogger Bombay Addict said...

DK2 - chota aside. Just noticed you removed Bom v/s Del from cabbages and kings. Ki holo ?

Thursday, June 22, 2006 11:06:00 PM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

Ash, yes, some of those stewards are quite smashing! Jet actually has auditions?

Happy-go-lucky, expected reaction. Now what are the chances that you are from an IIT? (Kidding)

Bombay Addict, That debated actually features in cool links now... Was it ever in cabbages and kings? I have a short memory.

Thursday, June 22, 2006 11:42:00 PM

Blogger BangaloreGuy said...

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Friday, June 23, 2006 2:04:00 AM

Blogger BangaloreGuy said...

from my experience, I can say

The airhostesses in IA are polite, the stewards are rude.
Jet's been okay really - it never made an impression on me. Does it have stewards too?
Sahara has(had?) fetching and courteous airhostesses - and stewards, as well.

And from what I hear the Kingfisher hostesses arent really all that hot.

(sry for the deleted comment - 2 many typos!)

Friday, June 23, 2006 2:09:00 AM

Blogger FiNK said...

Air India sucks.. everyone is so grumpy and annoying. love jet. hot stewards, good service, great channels. beats BA hollow anytime on the del-lon sector. jai hind

Friday, June 23, 2006 4:52:00 AM

Anonymous rajAT said...

Hey man,

Thanks for the link. But the url is wrong. It points to the tag and not to the post.

Friday, June 23, 2006 9:07:00 AM

Anonymous chandni said...

good point DK2.

Just my luck...even on flights where there are stewards...they never serve me!! :(

I remember once being on spicejet and the guy was reallly cute. And I'll tell you what was actually the most cute abt him...he was polite and kind as opposed to the strange women on that flight. They were rude and mean!

Friday, June 23, 2006 6:47:00 PM

Anonymous Mala said...

No question that they are polite and helpful. But looks-wise.. somehow the Jet stewards all seem to fit the "paneer ka tukda" mould - painfully fair, pink lips etc. Think Bikram Saluja after a refresher course of Fair and Lovely.

Friday, June 23, 2006 10:25:00 PM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

Rajat, changed the link.

Chandni, actually, even my experience with stewards has been better. On BA, on Jet, on Air India.

Mala, I can see your point. But beneath the Fair & Lovely, there are warm sparkling eyes!

Saturday, June 24, 2006 1:25:00 AM

Blogger The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

pictures, please?
:) nice read. i need to pay more attention to stewards next time, since the whole "potential cute co-passenger" has NEVER worked for me!!

Saturday, June 24, 2006 7:17:00 AM

Anonymous Mowgli said...

dude, how come u end up bantering in flights? Unless I am travelling with firm ppl, I end up besides grumpy quinquagenarians!!

Oh yeah Jet has some very goodlooking men.. have a more freshening effect than the cold towels!!

Think the allegation of being fake against 'Jet dolls' is a little unfair .. believe IC is no better .. actually find Kingfisher a tad more genuine ..

btw, like I keep cribbing, forget the air hostesses/stewards .. am grateful if IC just takes off and lands within 30 minutes of its standard departure/arrival time

Saturday, June 24, 2006 11:35:00 AM

Blogger Swapna said...

Haven't travelled in IA recently - last few years. But I hate Air India - the hostesses are rude and obnoxious and not the least bit friendly.

Jet on the other hand, has great service and the hostesses at least look friendly.

Never flown in Sahara.

Monday, June 26, 2006 12:46:00 PM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

Girl from Ipanema, next time we will take pictures. For you!

Swapna, the point of the post was to comment on the stewards, since nobody else did. Not on the air-hostesses.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 2:03:00 PM


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