Joanne Patrick from British Airways (Operated by Comair) chats to Debashine Thangevelo about being a flight attendant and her plans for Women's Day:
How do you guys manage to look so immaculate, especially on those long-haul flights? Maybe we are born with it. Just kidding. Skill and dedication to detail enhance the outer beauty. When in uniform we must take pride as we are representing our company at the highest of standards. There are a few tricks we can share. Most of us use a good brand of make-up and perfume. A refreshing body spritzer, enough sleep and drinking plenty of water helps as well.
What is your greatest job satisfaction? I have a passion to fly and to serve. There is nothing more rewarding than doing what you love and assisting our passengers in the process. I aim to provide our flyers with a memorable experience that keeps them using British Airways as their airline of choice.
Can you share your top three fondest memories? Working alongside Reach For A Dream, I assisted my crew to fulfil a child’s wish of flying for the first time. We made the flight so special and gave her VIP treatment on the aircraft. It was heart-warming to see the excitement on her face as we took off. It reminded me that life is so precious.
Being a brand ambassador for BA operated by Comair, we celebrated our company’s 70th anniversary with a cake extreme, making the largest B737-800 aircraft cake at OR Tambo international Airport. It was a proud moment when I was chosen as the flight attendant to hand over the knife at the cake-cutting ceremony. I thoroughly enjoyed it.