BA Staffs Entire Father's Day Flight With Dads and Their Sons/Daughters
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Working in airlines is no Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 job, and holidays are no exception. That often makes it difficult to spend time with family on special days.
But for this year's Father's Day, British Airways made sure some of those families could be together.
The airline staffed a flight from London to San Diego on Saturday with father-son and father-daughter duos who all work for British Airways. They got to work alongside each other up in the air, within the terminal and on the tarmac. None of the pairs had ever worked together before.
BA Captain Martin Ewins said that being able to share the office for the day with his daughter Rachel was a "special feeling."
“For 20 years my daughter watched me fly around the world and I’m so proud that I’ve inspired her to do the same as cabin crew," Ewins said in a statement. "I was incredibly proud of her, and from the moment we stepped onto the plane we weren’t father and daughter, but two members of a flying crew getting ready to operate a flight."
Lois Mackerness, a member of the cabin crew, said her dad, David, inspired her to get into the business.
“Growing up seeing the pride and passion my Dad has for caring for his customers really encouraged me to work hard and make sure that I love what I do too. It was great to work on board together. I picked up some of his top tips that he’s learnt through his many years of flying," she said.
British Airways said the special flight was a chance for dads their kids to have a shared experience in their shared profession.
“So many of our people have been inspired to work for British Airways because of the experiences of other family members and this was a fantastic opportunity to create a really special moment for everyone involved. It’s great to be able to reward the fathers in our teams who have inspired the next generation of aviation enthusiasts," said Ian Romanis, British Airways’ head of mixed fleet cabin crew.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.