A former Air New Zealand flight attendant got the attention and praise especially from her old boss after she shared a TikTok video of her swapping the aisle of a plane for the aisles of a supermarket.
Sarah Jones was recently laid off by the national flag carrier because of the challenges caused by Coronavirus pandemic was lucky to secure a job at a local supermarket, an industry that Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran spent 41 years working in.
The short TikTok video shows a side-by-side clip of her dancing to the same song and choreography on the other side in her Air New Zealand flight attendant uniform.
Air New Zealand recently laid off nearly 1,500 flight attendants in response to the Corona crisis that has battered the aviation industry worldwide. New Zealand has been particularly badly affected because its success in battling the deadly virus also comes with strict border controls that has all but stopped international travel.
Foran believes the airline will shrink by as much as 70 per cent in the next couple of years. At the height of the pandemic, Air New Zealand carried just 1.4 per cent of its usual passenger numbers, although domestic capacity is set to hit 55 per cent of pre-Corona levels in July and August.
International travel may take much longer to recover.
“I love it,” wrote Foran in her response to Sarah to TikTok video and which she later shared on Instagram. “Good on you for making a difference.”
“As you may know I spent 41 years being a shop keeper and am very familiar with the role. Hope we can get you back flying again with us real soon though.”
Before joining Air New Zealand last year, Foran had been working at supermarket behemoth Walmart where she had been the chief executive and president of its U.S. division since 2014.
Sarah’s story certainly isn’t unusual at the moment but the response from an airline leader most definitely is. Hopefully, Air New Zealand will be able to offer Sarah her old job back sooner rather than later.