By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
In a tear-jerking moment, a Virgin Australia flight attendant made an emotional arrival announcement which included her "final goodbye" as the airline will be suspending 90% of its domestic flights and having 80% of its work force stand down. The emotional moment was taken on video and posted by Virgin Australia on Twitter.
The flight attendant named Cassy Appleton was fighting off her tears after the aircraft landed in Dunedin, thanking the passengers and colleagues for being around during these turbulent times. Cassy and her colleagues now face an uncertain future as the airline is cancelling majority of its flights, putting 80% of the crew on stand down due to the plummet in air travel demand caused by the CoviD-19 crisis.
Here is an excerpt of her message:
"Today I lost my wings. Today we received confirmation that Virgin are shutting down our NZ bases. Emotions are indescribable. Having this opportunity was the best thing that happened to my life and to say I'm beyond grateful is an understatement. My heart is breaking for us all today.
I've achieved soo much in this role... Whilst I'm hurting for my loss I'm also counting my lucky stars to have been so blessed with this incredible opportunity. Signing off one last time.
"One door closes another one opens!! Aroha Atu, Aroha Mai xxx"
"There's every chance possible this could be our last operating flight, and most certainly is the last for the foreseeable future. As crew we've called the skies our home for so long; it's a little surreal knowing we've come back to Earth this one last time."
"To my crew, words don't come close to sharing the family bond that we all share. The friendships, hardships, laughter and tears. It's remarkable how we've all banded together during this chaos, and I'm so proud of how you continue to hold your heads high."
"Tough times don't last, tough people do - we're all in this together…. we truly hope to see you in the sky again soon. Kia kaha."
Below is the video of that emotional announcement: