Air New Zealand and OCS celebrate professional cleaners
To celebrate Thank Your Cleaner Day™ today, the two companies joined together to host a brunch on Monday to acknowledge the hundreds of people who keep the airline’s fleet of aircraft and other facilities clean and tidy.
Every day Air New Zealand’s 220 cleaners and its back of house staff work in shifts around the clock to clean up after the 40,000 plus passengers who travel on the airline’s domestic and international services, as well as providing contract cleaning services to other airlines.
The average turnaround time for an international long haul jet service is around 90 minutes. During this time a team of 16 will race the clock to clean the aircraft, including vacuuming, wiping surfaces, clearing rubbish, collecting headsets and positioning safety cards.
Another 250 OCS cleaners take care of Air New Zealand’s corporate offices, airport lounges and other facilities around Auckland, with another 300 cleaners across Air New Zealand’s other domestic ports.
Air New Zealand Group General Manager Airports Roger Gray says cleaners play an incredibly important role in the airline’s operation.
"Because our cleaners work behind the scenes, passengers don't always appreciate the hard work that goes into preparing an aircraft for boarding and they don't get to share in the great feedback from happy customers that our front of house staff often experience.
"We wanted to use Thank Your Cleaner Day™ to acknowledge and highlight the key part this team plays in delivering a great experience for our customers and let them know their efforts are valued and appreciated."
OCS Managing Director Gareth Marriott says cleaning is one of the most important industries in the world, yet most of the people undertaking this important work are invisible to most.
"Cleaners work day, night, and weekends to keep our clients’ working and living environments clean, safe and hygienic, often under the radar.
"This is a great opportunity for New Zealanders to recognise and value the industry and the vital contribution it makes to businesses and the wider community. Let's say thank you! Today and every day."
Issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs ph +64 21 747 320
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveler. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveler Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries. Further connecting flights are offered by Star Alliance Connecting Partner, Juneyao Airlines.
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