A Flying Start
When I was a child, my Dad worked as a baggage handler for British Airways. He used to wear a uniform that, to me, looked the same as the one worn by the Captain. Sometimes Mum and I would have to drop him off at the BA building at Heathrow. Seeing the aircraft flying so low and the sound of them, left me awestruck.
My first experience of flying was an 11 hour transatlantic to LAX in a smoke (tobacco) filled British Airways DC10 back in 1976. I was a proud member of the Junior Jet Club and I would usually get the opportunity to go into the cockpit to meet the Captain and First Officer. The Captain would fill in my Junior Jet Club book for me to keep a record of the flights I had done. I still have it all these years later albeit a bit battered and bruised.
Getting My Wings
I didn’t go into the travel industry until 2009 when I worked a 6 month contract flying as cabin crew with bmi. I had always wanted to work onboard an aircraft and after reading this book by Richard Branson;
I loved the training, although it was always shadowed by the stress of wondering if we would pass the final exams. We had fun and made friends along the way though. Unfortunately this poor guy didn’t make it.
I remember the first time during my training when I actually got to step on a real aircraft, I was so excited!
I still love to fly, especially take off, and have many friends who are still working as crew. If you have always wanted a job in the air, here is a great link to get you started. Cabin Crew Jobs