Thousands seek airline jobs
Thousands of jobseekers flocked to the recruitment sites of budget airline V Air and Singapore Airlines yesterday to pursue a limited number of cabin-crew positions. Owned by Taiwan-based TransAsia Airways Corp, V Air had nearly 2,000 applicants for 80 cabin-crew jobs with starting monthly salaries of NT$60,000. Most of the applicants were from the hospitality industry, TransAsia said. The ratio of female to male applicants was 8:2 compared with a previous ratio of 9:1, it said. TransAsia said it would reveal the new airline’s corporate logo and its management team next week. Meanwhile, 1,200 applicants are competing for up to 50 cabin-crew positions at Singapore Airlines, which offers a starting salary of NT$80,000.
Indian office in bomb threat
Taiwan’s representative to India confirmed on Thursday that his office had received a letter threatening “dirty bomb attacks” on the New Delhi office. James Tien (田中光), head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India, said the New Delhi center recently received a threatening letter written in English addressed to the “Taiwan embassy.” Abusive words were used in the letter, but no demands were made, said the representative, who suspected it was an act of discontent. His office contacted the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and police after receiving the letter. Security measures have since been enhanced and Tien thanked the Indian government for promising to increase patrols near the center. He also thanked Indian authorities for their swift response. The Times of India reported in its Thursday edition that a bomb squad inspected the center a day earlier.