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Spanish flight attendants pose nude in wages protest

Spanish flight attendants protest unpaid wages with calendar shots, like this one, stowed in the overhead compartment

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Madrid Flight attendants owed up to nine months' wages by a grounded Spanish airline have posed nude for a calendar to draw attention to their plight, one of the cabin crew turned models said on Wednesday.

The calendar, numerous excerpts of which appeared in the Spanish media, shows the Air Comet attendants, all female, posing provocatively in and outside airline cabins, and in one case on top of a jet turbine.

"We are just demanding our rights to receive what is ours, we each have eight or nine months of unpaid salaries," attendant Adriana Ricardo, who appears in the calendar, told Reuters.

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Air Comet, run by the embattled chairman of Spain's main employers' association CEOE, Gerardo Ferran, filed for administration in December after a British court impounded nine of its aircraft at the request of German bank HSH Nordbank.

As the British news site The Register reports, "the women decided to disrobe to make as much noise as possible regarding their plight, and the Spanish press has enthusiastically given them extensive exposure."

The English language Spanish weekly Euro News reports Air Comet had tried and failed to create a niche in the market by offering cheap flights to South America, a strategy that was derailed by the global recession. "It is calculated that Air Comet's owes it creditors an estimated 160 million euros, five of which are thought to be unpaid staff wages."

More images from the flight attendants protest calendar.

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