By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Fourteen of the 30 Guyanese boarded a Travel Span Flight today (Wednesday, June 05) for the United States where they will undergo a three week training programme in flight attendants by the internationally recognised Federal Aviation Administration, a company which trains flight attendants.
The initiative is between Travel Span and Vision Airlines. Speaking with the media at the VIP Lounge at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, General Manager of the Travel Span Guyana operations, Vanita Jagnarine said the company would not wish to get into the cost of the training but admitted that the figure is very sizable.
She said that the training of the young people and their appointment as flight attendants on the Travel Span flights will not see the total replacement of other flight attendants from other countries nor will there be a 100 percent Guyanese flight crew.
According to Jagnarine, passengers can rest be assured that the persons shortlisted out of a pool of eighty have been fully vetted and poses a high degree of professionalism and aptitude.
She explained that due to the size of the classrooms for the training, the course can only accommodate the fourteen Guyanese at this time and the remaining persons would be traveling later this month for their leg of the training.
There is no binding agreement between the prospecting flight attendants and Travel Span which mandates them to work with the company for a compulsory period before branching off.
Asked about the risk of such an arrangement, the company executive said that they received the commitment of the young Guyanese that they are loyal to Travel Span.
The first practical experience of serving as flight attendants for the young people is expected to be on board their flight back home from the United States.