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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Flight Attendants | In the clouds since 1912


Growing up, I dreamed of leading the glamorous life of a flight attendant. I’ve always been an adventurer by nature and being paid to travel the world seemed like the ultimate dream to me. 

However I soon realised that with their perfectly pressed uniforms, immaculate make up and not a hair out of place, it perhaps wasn’t the best career choice for someone like me who doesn’t even own their own iron. I’m much better suited to blogging I think. 

The lovely people at Opodo have recently reflected on this icon in the sky and I will admit that I still find flight attendants fascinating. Take their role as a fashion icon for example - they are always so neat and well presented, it’s really interesting to see how their uniform has changed through the decades. 


Flight Attendants | In the clouds since 1912


Now that I’ve taken many flights over the years, I realise that a building a career as a flight attendant is actually very hard work and not as easy as I first thought. It’s also a very competitive career with Delta Airlines receiving over 100,000 applicants for every 1000 vacancies - that’s a lower acceptance rate than Harvard’s! 

Did you know that the world’s oldest working flight attendant is a lady called Betty who is 80 year’s old. I want to be on her flight. I bet she can tell you a tale or two. 

Let me know if you’ve ever fancied a working as a flight attendant or if you have a particularly favourite uniform from across the decades. 

Flight attendants infographicInfographic from Opodo UK Blog


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  1. Wow, I never knew they had THAT many applicants per vacancy. My friend has managed to wrangle herself a job with Virgin and says it's so competitive. Not sure I'd ever be able to do it due to my fear of heights. I especially love the Emirates uniform.

    Tamsin

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  2. Oh wow how interesting I love how the uniforms have changed over the years, that is really interesting to see them all lined up. x

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  3. I've never fancied working as one but I'm really not the best flyer at the best of times.

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  4. That's interesting comparing the uniforms over the decades. I think we all at one point wanted to be a flight attended. R

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  5. I like today's requirements especially 'healthy weight and neat appearance' lol. I did want to become a flight attendant as a kid.

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  6. I remember having a brief desire to be an "air hostess" as we called them when we were kids! My friend is a flight attendant and he loves his job but I must admit it doesn't seem very family friendly.

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  7. My good friend is an air hostess and I get so jealous of her photographs and travelling the world. Must be difficult to keep up with the requirements to be away so much when you have a family though. She is perfect for it, glamour is her middle name. Whereas I look like a slob most of the time!!

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  8. This is so interesting - I love flying and the air hostesses fascinate me! Kaz x

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  9. This is such a cool post, I have never really flown so have never really thought about the flight attendants before. I would love to be a flight with Betty too, as you said she probably has a lot of stories x

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I always love reading your thoughts and comments - Sam x

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