Aeroflot stewardesses in Paris, 16 Jun 15

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Aeroflot flight attendants: The corporate sees them as Russia’s “enterprise card”

A Moscow court docket has rejected a feminine flight attendant’s intercourse discrimination declare in opposition to the Russian nationwide provider Aeroflot.

It’s the second such declare to be rejected in court docket this week.

The plaintiffs accused the airline of favouring slim and engaging cabin crew. Aeroflot stated its guidelines had been designed to make sure passenger security.

Aeroflot stated it “doesn’t discriminate primarily based on age, intercourse, weight, look, spiritual or political convictions”.

In an announcement to the BBC the airline known as the allegations “with out basis”.

Its utility type for would-be flight attendants requires particulars of top, weight and clothes measurement.

In court docket, an Aeroflot official admitted that the airline regards heavily-built flight attendants as much less suited to emergencies, when fast motion is required.

Aeroflot units 48 as the utmost clothes measurement for its stewardesses (L; 16 in UK; 42 in Germany; 14 in US), Russia’s Kommersant news website reports.

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Aeroflot has invested in lots of new airliners and high-profile international advertising

Yevgenia Magurina, whose criticism was rejected on Friday, is measurement 52.

Earlier than the court docket ruling, she instructed the BBC’s Exterior Supply radio programme that Aeroflot had transferred her to nighttime flights inside Russia final summer season. She was taken off worldwide routes.

“In October my wage dropped considerably, apparently as a result of I didn’t qualify for Aeroflot’s measurement requirements chart,” she stated.

“I simply felt that it was not possible to maintain silent any extra. I’ve misplaced some huge cash, was exhausted after night time flights, so I made a decision to take these excessive measures. They merely instructed me that Aeroflot has modified the principles of the sport.”

Apart from passenger security considerations, Aeroflot additionally argues that each additional kilogram of weight forces it to spend extra on gas.