A chance re-union on an airline training course led to two mums flying together again last week for the first time in 25 years, after getting a second chance at an airline cabin crew career in their 50s. Old friends Michelle White, 52, and Laura Moore, 51, welcomed passengers on board Loganair’s Glasgow to Stornoway flight last week on a Friday afternoon.
The two Glasgow mums first met when they joined Air UK on the same day 29 years ago. They lost touch after they both gave up their flying careers to raise their children but were amazed to find themselves on the same Loganair training course in August 2019, as they both re-joined the industry. The friends were delighted at the prospect of crewing flights together again after so long.
Michelle, now a mum to three teenage boys, said: “When I worked in cabin crew 30 years ago, it was a job for younger women. There was nobody over 29 entering the profession, let alone over 50. So, I never imagined it would be possible to start flying again at my age. In fact, Loganair has plenty of mature cabin crew and they seem to value the experience we bring.”
Jonathan Hinkles, chief executive of Loganair made a special announcement before the Glasgow to Stornoway flight took off, letting passengers know the significance of the cabin crew on board.
Loganair employs 900 staff across 11 operating bases and has the highest ratio of female pilots and pilots of minority ethnic groups of any UK airline.