Russian cockpit contest puts brains before beauty. Maybe.

As fans of the now-defunct ‘Miss KrasAir‘ contest will testify, you can rely on Russia to be shamelessly anachronistic when it comes to female cabin crew, and it doesn’t look like the upcoming ‘Flight Attendant at the Helm’ competition is going to be changing things much.


It all kicks off on 16 July when cabin crew from several airlines – Aeroflot, Transaero, SkyExpress and NordStar among them – will pitch up to show which of them can best handle a Boeing 737 simulator.


“You can find out which airlines have not only the most beautiful, but also the most talented stewardesses with piloting skills – capable, if necessary, of taking the place of the captain,” says one of the parties involved, although I doubt the line-up will feature many diesel-faced munters with type ratings.


That pin-up scourge of the feminist aviation chapter, Avianova, is taking part as well, but don’t ask me where that puts them on the moral barometer.

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