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Chinese airline seeking to hire older 'flight aunties'

July 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM

BEIJING, July 17 (UPI) -- Chinese carrier Spring Airlines said it is seeking older women, preferably married mothers, to add "flight aunties" to its team of flight attendants.

The airline said applicants for the positions of "flight aunties" should be between the ages of 25 and 45, with preference given to married women with children, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Spring Airlines said it wants to expand its team of flight attendants beyond the typical younger women. The Journal said some Asian airlines are known to hold beauty pageant-like events to hire the most attractive young women.

Xiao Fei, a Spring Airlines recruitment official, said the company believes older mothers might be better prepared to handle situations such as crying babies during flights.

"As a budget carrier, we mainly target the mass market with many of our passengers first-time flyers. We hope our 'flight aunties' can provide more caring services to them," he said.

The news was welcomed by users of Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo.

"I'm eligible and have submitted an application. It's great that Spring Air is providing us this chance," one user posted.

One user of the site suggested the airline go a step further with its diversity.

"Why not also hire 'flight uncles' too? Is this discrimination against married men?" the poster wrote.

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