Nasair keen to hire Saudi female cabin crew

Nasair keen to hire Saudi female cabin crew
Updated 13 January 2013

Nasair keen to hire Saudi female cabin crew

Nasair keen to hire Saudi female cabin crew

Nasair CEO Sulaiman Al-Hamdan is keen to hire Saudi women as cabin crew at the airline, provided the government approves it, according to a recent interview published by American magazine Supply Chain.
The statement from the chief of Kingdom's low-cost airline has evoked mixed reactions.
“We live in a closed society where women are not allowed to leave the country without a male guardian’s permission. So how is it going to be possible for them to work on an airplane?” said Saleh Makki, a 53-year-old marketer. “I personally have nothing against it, but bear in mind that Saudi society is a closed one so this is far from possible,” he added.
Layla Jihad, a 47-year-old interior designer, believes that Saudis fight anything new and innovative. “Our society does not accept anything they are not used to, so they end up fighting it and standing against it,” she said.
“I look forward to seeing women working in every single sector and position because if you have trust in them, you should give them the freedom to choose their career path,” she added.
In the interview, when Al-Hamdan was asked about the possibility of Gulf airlines hiring Saudi women as cabin crew, he said: “I personally would hire Saudi women only if there was a clear decree by the Saudi authorities; then I don’t see a reason why not.”
“Nasair operates according to the rules and regulations in force in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, respects the traditions and privacy of the society and will always remain keen to be bound by them,” he added.