New UK airline Hans Airways advances cabin crew recruitment

Friday 10th June 2022

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  • New UK airline Hans Airways advances cabin crew recruitment

Hans Airways, the UK’s newest long-haul airline, is pleased to have attracted a highly-experienced and diverse group of Cabin Crew as its front of house ambassadors looking after passengers on its planned long-haul flights between the UK and India.   Its second group of new cabin crew recruits commenced ground training on the Airbus A330 at Birmingham last week, overseen by Neeru Prabhakar, Head of Cabin Safety and Service at the airline.   Neeru joined Hans Airways this spring following a 30-year career at British Airways and has been active in helping the start-up carrier with crew training ever since.  She and COO Nathan Burkitt worked closely with The Resource Group who helped identify suitable candidates.


The first group of nine cabin crew successfully completed their training in Birmingham at the end of April including practical safety training at EDM Aviation Training Academy in Manchester.


Donantoniou, whose flying career started with British Caledonian, through to Dan-Air, Gill Air, Airtours, Thomas Cook and Flybe and latterly Stobart Air, flying on ACMI contracts for European legacy airlines, is looking forward to service start out of Birmingham Airport.


“I heard about Hans Airways, its community airline model and social responsibility programme and determined this is the one for me,” he said.  Katrina is also enthusiastic about joining Hans Airways and being on board at the start of its journey after a long flying career with Excel Airways, Flybe, Virgin and Norwegian. 


Michael and Benny are moving back into commercial aviation to join Hans Airways having formerly worked with business aviation charter provider OryxJet. They are joined by James, who has considerable experience  on narrow body as well wide body aircraft with   Swiss-based PrivatAir.  Flying activity included a series of regular charters for Lufthansa Frankfurt to Pune, India. 


James and his new colleagues are looking forward to delivering an exemplary cabin service which reflects Hans Airways’ CEO Satnam Saini’s vision to give passengers a memorable experience as valued ‘guests,’ consistently, every time they fly with us.


Hans Airways' management team with first cabin crew recruits as they take

a short break from training at ibis Styles Hotel in Birmingham

Centre: L-R - Satnam Saini, CEO; Neeru Prabhakar, Head of Cabin Safety

and Service and Nathan Burkitt, COO.


About Hans Airways  


Hans Airways is the UK’s newest hybrid, long-haul airline venture, blending value for money fares with a quality inflight service offering. Hans Airways will offer two classes of cabins: Economy class (called "Anand Class"), with a 31-inch seat pitch and 274 seats, and Premium Economy (called "Anand Plus"), offering a 56" pitch and 24 seats. It will offer high quality complementary inflight entertainment and catering as standard.  


A loyalty programme   is planned.  To be known as HAPEEI (Hans Airways Passengers Environment Education Initiative), it will reward passengers with all the regular benefits of a frequent flyer programme and with a strong emphasis on corporate social responsibility, create opportunities to donate to children’s educational charities in India or conservation and water preservation projects.  


Hans Airways’ senior management has identified a high demand for regular secondary city air links between the UK and India, drawing on its CEO’s considerable experience instigating a series of charter flights for Monarch Airlines and FlyJet.    


It intends to have a close working relationship with travel agencies and travel management companies.  


Hans Airways submitted its UK AOC application in March 2020, following extensive discussions with the UK Civil Aviation Authority and Department for Transport.  


Hans Airways’ management team (see  Board of Directors  and  Leadership Team ) share an extensive experience of the commercial aviation industry and a deep understanding of the needs of its core focus market.  Financial support for the airline has come, inter alia, from the Indian community in the UK (see  Investor Relations ).  

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