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What happened when a 94-year-old former flight attendant saw a photo of herself at the airport

Imagine seeing yourself from 70 years ago at a crowded airport

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Imagine seeing yourself from 70 years ago at a crowded airport. It can be surprising to suddenly catch a glimpse of yourself in a mirror. Gwendolyn Bruhn, a 94-year-old ex-flight attendant, experienced this. Bruhn recently discovered herself in a group photograph of airline hostesses from 1947 when departing with her family from Honolulu, Hawaii’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

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The outfits the girls were wearing at the time are fascinating: long skirts, spectator pumps, a pristine yellow button-up blouse, and flowers in their hair. Because of how different things were at the time, Bruhn was filled with memories when she unexpectedly found herself on the wall. In the image above, she may be seen in the upper right corner.

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As reported by CNN After learning that the airline was hiring through a friend who worked there, Bruhn was given the position. In an interview, she stated, “At that time, they wore lovely grey uniforms and yellow blouses, and they were quite attractive. I had admired them from a distance, not knowing that someday I would be lucky to be wearing that same outfit.”

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Additionally, Bruhn remembered being questioned during the job interview if she had ever flown before and if she had ever been ill as a result of it. In spite of the reality that she had never really flown, she made the decision to lie and claim to have done so.

She was successful in landing the job, but her first few flights were plagued by nausea and air sickness. The rides weren’t as smooth then, unfortunately! In addition, the aircraft were fairly modest compared to the large jets used nowadays. She would really frequently be the sole flight attendant on board, which meant she would have to deal with anything from passengers trying to sneak alcohol on board.

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She did, however, love her position and the opportunities she had to represent Hawaii, which at the time was not yet a state, to the rest of the globe while travelling and meeting people from all over the world. This required maintaining a specific weight, which was a requirement at the time for all airlines to keep flight attendants looking, in Bruhn’s words, “trim.”

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Before she met her husband, William Carl Bruhn II, she developed a passion of flying and even had dreams of becoming a pilot. She later gave up her work to start a family.  In those days flight attendants were almost always expected to be single without kids.  Similar to many other industries, it was typically expected that if you were married and had children, you would leave your job. In fact, several companies explicitly prohibited married women and mothers couldn’t work for them.

The couple had 4 kids and were married for 62 years before he passed away in 2012. Today she has 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Even a few members of her family later worked for Hawaiian Airlines. I’m delighted I got to work for Hawaiian Airlines for a while, Bruhn added. I never will forget how lucky I was to have all these memories to sit down with.”

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IndiGo to introduce business class Service on its busiest routes 

IndiGo to introduce business class Service on its busiest routes 

After nearly 18 years of dominating India’s aviation landscape with its single-class economy configuration, IndiGo, the country’s largest airline, is set to make a significant leap by introducing business class service on its busiest routes.

The decision comes as IndiGo aims to offer passengers more choices and enhanced comfort amid the backdrop of a burgeoning economy. Set to be unveiled around August, coinciding with the carrier’s 18th anniversary, IndiGo’s “tailor-made business product” promises to redefine the flying experience for its customers.

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This move follows closely on the heels of IndiGo’s recent announcement of acquiring 30 wide-body aircraft, indicating the airline’s strategic expansion and commitment to catering to diverse passenger preferences.

IndiGo’s foray into business class service represents a significant milestone, especially considering its longstanding reputation as a low-cost carrier focused primarily on economy class offerings. With a fleet exceeding 360 planes and operating approximately 2,000 daily flights, the airline’s entry into the business class segment is poised to reshape the Indian aviation industry.

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Currently, Air India and Vistara are the sole providers of business-class seats on domestic routes in India. However, by December 2024, IndiGo will join this exclusive league, introducing its bespoke business class experience tailored to meet the evolving needs of discerning travelers.

Initially, IndiGo’s business class operations will be rolled out on the busiest domestic routes, ensuring passengers enjoy added comfort and luxury during their journeys. Further details regarding the official launch date, specific routes, and promotional offers will be disclosed by August 2024, heightening anticipation among passengers eagerly awaiting this premium service.

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Air India Gives Salary Increments to Staff; Bonus for Pilots

Air India Gives Salary Increments to Staff; Bonus for Pilots

Air India announced on Thursday that it will implement annual salary increments for its staff and introduce an annual target performance bonus for pilots, according to sources. This marks the first appraisal process since the Tata Group took over the airline a little over two years ago.

Chief Human Resources Officer Ravindra Kumar GP revealed that salary increments will take effect from April 1, 2024. Additionally, performance bonus payouts for the fiscal year 2023-24 will be based on both company and individual performance, sources reported.

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Pilots will see an increase in their fixed pay ranging from ₹5,000 to ₹15,000 per month. They will also be eligible for an annual target performance bonus between ₹42,000 and ₹1.8 lakh, contingent on performance metrics.

Cabin crew members will also benefit from an annual performance bonus of approximately ₹25,000. Alongside this, they will receive a standard salary increase for the financial year 2025, effective from April.

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Air India, which employs around 18,000 people, aims to foster growth and transformation, as stated by Kumar. The airline achieved significant milestones in the last financial year, laying a strong foundation for its future. As part of its Vihaan.AI initiative, the airline introduced a contemporary annual performance appraisal process known as “Rise AI” and transitioned to a simplified, market-competitive, and productivity-oriented compensation structure for employees.

However, it was noted that junior first officers will not receive a hike in their monthly fixed pay. Nevertheless, they will be eligible for an annual target performance bonus, with junior first officers receiving ₹42,000 and first officers and commanders receiving ₹60,000 per annum, provided they meet performance expectations.

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Qantas Expands IndiGo Codeshares from Singapore

Qantas Expands IndiGo Codeshares from Singapore

Qantas has broadened its codeshare partnership with IndiGo, India’s largest domestic airline, enhancing travel options between Australia and India. This expansion allows customers to seamlessly connect from Qantas flights in Singapore to IndiGo’s services to both Delhi and Mumbai.

Previously, the codeshare arrangement enabled passengers on Qantas flights arriving in Bengaluru and Delhi to connect onto IndiGo domestic services to 21 destinations across India. Now, travelers can enjoy a more streamlined journey by transferring through Singapore.

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Additionally, the new arrangement allows customers to incorporate overnight stopovers in Singapore into their travel plans before continuing to Delhi or Mumbai. This provides greater flexibility and convenience for those wishing to explore the city or rest before their onward journey.

Qantas passengers traveling on IndiGo flights benefit from the same checked baggage allowance as their flight from Australia and receive complimentary food and beverages. Furthermore, Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and redeem points on connecting IndiGo flights (with a QF code) between Singapore and India.

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This partnership expansion comes alongside Qantas’s recent announcement of increased flights to both India and Singapore. Specifically, flights between Sydney and Bengaluru will become daily during the peak holiday season, complemented by additional flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Singapore.

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