‘Hamlet’ in the skies? The story behind Taiwan’s newest airline

Air Rossiya’s maiden flight to Russian capital will focus on its cabin crew

‘Hamlet’ in the skies? The story behind Taiwan’s newest airline

Zhang Li Jen is not just any airline pilot. She is Air Rossiya’s first flight lieutenant and Hamlet in the skies.

The 34-year-old holds the coveted role in an airline founded in Hong Kong in 2017 and based in the island of Taiwan. The inaugural flight to Moscow is to take place on Sunday.

“Air Rossiya is a new airline and Rossiya Airways is a new brand,” she told state-run China Central Television (CCTV) in July when news of her appointment emerged.

“I am like Hamlet. I think it is a great responsibility … sometimes I wake up late and sometimes early, I leave my job in front of my eyes and I don’t even take time to breathe before I go and fly,” she said.

The airline will focus on its cabin crew. “We have a service focus and not one-sidedly on our aircraft. It is important not only that Rossiya Airlines take off, but also that our employees fly,” she said.

Rossiya Airways started operations to the Russian capital in June and has nine planes.

“I want to be a great captain. I want to build a commercial airline in which we create an airline family,” she said.

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