PAL and Qatar Airways still the most desired airlines to fly for according to flight attendant aspirants
In a recent post on our social media accounts, we asked the question "if you were given a choice to be a flight attendant of only one airline throughout your career, which airline would that be?" Out of 191 (as of this typing) who responded to our Facebook post, Philippine Airlines or PAL was mentioned 74 times which makes 38%, making it the most desired airline to be a flight attendant for according to our cabin crew aspirants and even present flight attendants who responded.
They are not just sisters in wings, but by blood as well, and they stepped up together in order to overcome the negative effects of this pandemic. Both flight attendants Nadine Andaya from Cebu Pacific and Pamela Andaya from Saudia placed up a business named "Bakersfly" in order to augment their incomes due to uncertainties in the airline world amid the pandemic. From then on, everything went uphill for the two.
If there was one beautiful thing this pandemic did to the airline industry, it united almost everyone regardless of which airline or color they are flying. Amidst the crisis, you see flight attendants from different airlines supporting each other as all are facing the same uncertainty brought by this covid-19 crisis.
Have you imagined how things would be like if Disney Princesses and Prince would become flight attendants? Well luckily, a flight attendant was able to draw a clear picture of what the scenes would be. Mentai_crew, a flight attendant from probably Emirates was able to do just that.
"Wag ninyo ikahiya ang ginagawa ninyo kung ito ay para sa ikabubuti ng iba," someone once said. Today's coronavirus pandemic took a toll everywhere, especially for the aviation industry where people in the industry face uncertainty. Flight attendants do not just face uncertainty, their income has depleted due to limited flights due to the plummet in air travel demand. They have two choices, do nothing and let the pandemic destroy their dreams, or find ways regardless of what it is to make ends meat, we mean, meet!
From a small stall selling plain flowers to becoming one of the pioneers in boxed flowers. From one brand expanding to two, Boxed Blossoms has indeed blossomed throughout the years, now serving also an international market! However, little did many know that behind the success of Boxed Blossoms and House Blossoms are two dedicated and current cabin crew members of Philippines Airlines, the Philippines' national flag carrier.
As the coronavirus pandemic rages on greatly affecting the aviation industry, more flight attendants have placed up their own small businesses in order to make-up for the loss of reduction of their salaries. More than just businesses that have helped them cope with the situation, these various flight attendants have poured their hearts into their products or services ensuring that all their customers get more than what they pay for.
Each #asensocabincrew story is unique. We have featured a lot of stories of flight attendants who did not allow the pandemic to hamper them from pushing forward in order to reach their goals. Despite all the challenges faced, these flight attendants placed up not just any kind of business, but they poured their hearts and passion into their products and services.
We have featured a lot individual flight attendant entrepreneurs who have succeeded in growing their businesses. The pandemic did not only bring out the creative side in every flight attendant, but it also did bring some friendships to a different level where some became partners. This is the story of seven flight attendants from different airlines who placed up their own clothing line named "HeyBeasties".
The present crisis has forced our airlines to suspend operations last March until end of May due to travel restrictions. Many flight attendants were placed on unpaid leaves in order for the airline to save on costs. While it would really be challenging to deal with unpaid leaves, some found ways to augment the loss on income by putting up their own businesses. One of them is Elyssa Abrahan De Jesus, a flight attendant from AirAsia.
Many flight attendants are now putting up various businesses. Many have came up with different ideas and different ventures like Ube Cheese Bread, Sushi Bake, frozen Samgyup, and other trendy consumable products which are now beginning to be a hit. One flight attendant decided to go a different direction. Instead of a B to C (business to consumer) model, she resorted to a B to B (business to business) model.
There is a saying that marriage is not only about emotions, but its about being partners too in so many way, especially in times of crisis. This may include being business partners as well. During this time when flights were greatly affected this cabin crew couple from Cebu Pacific pulled out the stops to open their flower business.
As what Milo said, "great things start from small beginnings". This was exactly what happened to this flight attendant's bakery business where she started out from a few products serving a niche market to a wider range of products. This is the #asensocabincrew story of Cebu Pacific flight attendant Airra Tan's business named Golden Oven.
The coronavirus crisis has affected a lot, particularly those from the airline industry. The suspension of flights has resulted to unpaid leaves and reduced flights, leaving a lot of employees like flight attendants with minimal income. For Saudia flight attendant Kris Enriquez, it became a window for her to become an entrepreneur.
Versatility is a trait one may gain as an airline cabin crew. Flight attendants are fully trained to also adapt to different situations and to respond to these in the most appropriate manner. The covid-19 crisis which has greatly affected the airline industry is one of them and these cabin crew responded by unleashing their enterprising selves, by becoming entrepreneurs and opening small businesses. One of them is Cebu Pacific flight steward Paolo Ruiz Rongavilla.
It is so nice and inspiring to see a lot of flight attendants turn into small business owners or start-up entrepreneurs. This is just proof that the worse situations can indeed bring out the best in all of us. One example is this flight attendant from Gulf Air who created her own line of skin care products!
"Kanya't kanyang diskarte," ika nga. We have featured a lot of flight attendants who have found different ways to make ends meet in a time where flights are just beginning to resume. AirAsia flight Jaya May Bernardo allowed her creative spirit to shine which resulted to her manufacturing her own bottled milk-based refreshment.
Taho is indeed one of the most favorite refreshment, drink, or food among Filipinos. It is something we all look forward to in the morning. It is healthy too, good for the bones! As they say, "you are not Filipino if you don't love Taho." Well, even non-Filipinos, especially our foreign visitors love Taho! In the middle of this pandemic where aviation has been affected, a flight attendant found a living by selling Taho!
Tough situations do not only make us tougher, but it makes us discover ourselves and our potentials. In the case of flight attendants where the aviation industry has been greatly affected putting most on "leave without pay", they had to find ways to push forward.
In a time of uncertainty, one has to really be enterprising in order to survive this coronavirus crisis, especially if you are in an industry that has been greatly affected. The airline industry is one and this AirAsia cabin crew decided to push forward by opening her Sushi Bake business. However, she decided to put a twist to the products she sells.
More and more flight attendants are putting up small businesses which is actually great! It is through these small businesses that our economy recovers faster and these help our flight attendants get through this crisis after the aviation industry has been greatly affected.
"Diskarte, hindi arte." In a pandemic like this, its all about finding ways to make ends meet, regardless of what you do. For this Cebu Pacific flight attendant, the pandemic drove her to put up a small business where she sells today's tending food, one of it, sushi bake!
The coronavirus pandemic had really taken a toll on the airline industry. Not even the biggest airlines were spared, including Emirates. While just last year the airline kept on hiring cabin crew, this year saw a different story, they ended up retrenching amid the pandemic.
Pandemics do not only bring out the best in every individual, it does also bring out the kindness and thoughtfulness in people. The world is indeed facing the worst crisis ever after the first world war and every nation are struggling for survival, Even oil-rich countries like Saudi Arabia are not spared.
She serves at the frontlines both in the sky and in the ground. Mich Gustillo is a flight attendant of Saudia, which had been her long time dream. However, Mich is also a nursing graduate with experience working in hospitals before flying for Saudia.