Before we go to the main article, we just want to share this picture we had with Philippine Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime "Jimmy" Bautista, taken when we paid him a courtesy visit in his office. During our visit where we exchanged pleasantries, we shared a lot about the working relations between Philippine Airlines particularly their cabin crew and Flyhigh Manila.
It is indeed such a fulfillment to be living our dreams and to be able to reach our career goals. Yet, it is a much more fulfilling to give back by helping others make their dreams take flight. Just last Saturday, September 29, PAL Express Inflight Services Manager and certified cabin crew Mr. Joselito "Jojit" Las and a group of line administrators organized a workshop and mentorship day for individuals who have dreams of becoming a flight attendant.
A woman with down syndrome finally saw her dream turn into a reality as she became a flight attendant for a day aboard a Southwest Airlines flight. Tracy Sharp, from Sacramento CA, wore her uniform and wings for a day as she greeted and helped other flight attendants serve passengers. Thanks to one of their cabin crew named Vicki Heath, who really made sure that Sharp's lifelong dream would finally become a reality.
It was on August 16 when the Xiamen Air mishap in NAIA took place. All flights to and from Manila where either cancelled or delayed. This included Philippine Airlines flight 659 travelling from Dubai to Manila. Amidst the chaos and all on the ground, a beautiful event unfolded onboard that flight as a passenger knelt to his girlfriend to ask for her yes when he asked her "will you marry me?"
In most parts of the world, people sees flight attendants as, flight attendants. They are there to make your flight comfortable. It's a job. In South Korea though, it is a whole different story. Being a flight attendant is like being a major celebrity.