The photo released of the launch seems to indicate that both airlines are now partners in non-diversity as well. Eight flight attendants, all women, all of them REALLY WHITE PEOPLE, are what passes for representatives of a culturally diverse company in a culturally diverse country. In fact Qantas nominated four blondes, that make it look more like a partnership between Emirates and Finnair!
Ignoring our indigenous population by obviously deliberately excluding an aboriginal flight attendant is shocking coming from Qantas and their previous outreach to Australian culture. Dubai, like most of the emirates, is chock-full of brown and black people as well. Over 40% Indian, another 20% or so Pakistani or Bengladeshi, along with much of the retail staffing being handled by Filipino guest workers. As well as home domestics, exclusively foreign women of color. And while Emirates Airlines boasts of their "11,000 long-term Indian employees" as evidence of their diversity, clearly none of them are flying the plane nor serving their passengers.
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The surprise in store for Australians transiting Dubai - it's the obverse of the tolerant Singapore. Already warnings are going out to the hillbilly Australian traveler. No walking around with liquor on the street. No banging a barmaid on the beach. Homos are routinely jailed for sharing hotel rooms with their defactos. Eating in public during Ramadan? Enjoy your lashings.
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So it would seem that Qantas has done one of the most Un-Australian acts of any commercial company in our history. Eroding Australian values, Ignoring Australian culture, and setting up the Australian public for a clash of cultures by sending them on holiday thru Dubai, a most intolerant country, instead of Singapore.
With a company that has payrates half of Qantas and is persistently said to benefit from massive government subsidies.
Qantas chief Alan Joyce noted that airfares on the same routing booked via Emirates website were currently lower - but promised to "fix the problem" with an "alignment of airfares". Colluding on pricing now given the OK by the ACCC apparently. What Australians win with this kind of partnership?
The Lion and the Lamb may lie down together. But the Lamb doesn't get much sleep.