I’m Katie P. and I’m an airline hostess working for one of the most successful and well-known airlines operating out of the United Kingdom.
Actually Katie P. isn’t my real name. I’ve a lot to be grateful to my employers for but I don’t think they’d be too happy about me making a blog diary of my work while on their watch, so please forgive me if I use a nom de plume. The purpose of this blog is to celebrate the fun of flying and hopefully to offer a few amusing anecdotes about life with the cabin crew.
I moved up to my present employer from a well-known budget airline. It would be wrong of me to talk down a company which gave me work and set me on the path to my present career but it wasn’t the same. Cut-price actually meant cut everything, including employee wages and our conditions of work. It was good while it lasted, but I’m really happy to have moved on.
Where I work now the customers pay a little more but you get what you pay for. I don’t have to feel embarrassed telling people the price of a drink because they’ve already paid for it with their ticket, and they get a decent meal too.
So Why the Blog?
Although it’s my living I don’t want to fill up my pages talking about aeroplanes, at least not about the technical stuff concerning what makes one different from another and the clever science that keeps them in the air. My interest is more in the customers themselves, in how they approach flying and the kinds of things they do to make their journeys a better experience. Because the holiday begins in the departure lounge.
Some of the blog posts here will be about my own observations whilst others will be contributions from travellers giving us the benefit of their own experience. I want to create a real vibrant mix to keep it fresh, lively and interesting.
The Right Choice for Fun in the Air
In this business we do get to chat to some of the staff from the other airlines – sometimes we even end up at the same hotels. They have a lot of stories of their own to tell so mine isn’t unique in being full of fun and eventful. But I do think I’ve made the right choice overall in coming here to work.
When all is said and done it’s not solely about the passengers and it’s not only about the crew, it’s about the way we interact and share our experiences together. Some of us are working and some are off on holiday but we all want to make it as pleasant and memorable an experience as possible, if only in some cases to calm the nerves.
I know my company makes every effort to make passengers feel at home and comfortable in their surroundings, and it’s great to be working with such a superb and professional outfit. What more could I ask for from a job?