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ELLEN CHURCH: THE FIRST FEMALE FLIGHT ATTENDANT

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On 22 September, 1904, a woman was born in a small town in rural Iowa. She’d later make aviation history and change women’s role in the world of work. Ellen Church was a child with a big personality and a head full of dreams who...

AMALIA ERCOLI-FINZI, “MOTHER” OF THE ROSETTA SPACE PROBE

Writing about Amalia Ercoli-Finzi on our blog is a huge honour. As an airline company, we look up to her brilliance in the field in which we operate. As human beings, we are grateful for her contribution to progress and innovation. As women, we...

THE HISTORY OF FLIGHT ATTENDANTS’ UNIFORMS

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There are many reasons why flight attendants wear uniforms. The first reason is a psychological one: there’s evidence that people have more confidence in uniformed professionals. Passengers rely on flight attendants and pilots on an aeroplane no less than they do doctors and nurses in...

INVENTORS OF FLYING MACHINES

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Let’s travel back in time. Before aeroplanes, before fast and safe travel, before the world was at our fingertips, flying was a privilege reserved only for birds. For centuries, the curious were discouraged by Greek mythology, with the dramatic story of Icarus, a brave man...

PAN AM: STORY OF A MYTH OF AVIATION

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Some brands made modern world history. And if “American Express” stands for credit card and “Gillette” for razor, “Pan Am” could stand for air company. It was 1927 when the American businessman Juan Trippe founded the Aviation Corporation of America financed by some tycoons including...

LOUIS BLÉRIOT

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A few years after it was founded, the British daily newspaper, the Daily Mail promoted a special prize: £1,000 would be given to the first person able to fly over the English Channel. In order to understand the value of that amount of money...

HEINRICH KUBIS: THE FIRST FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Heinrich Kubis (1888-1979) was the first flight attendant in history. In this article we bring you an imaginary short, first-hand, partly romanticised tale celebrating the life of one of the pioneers of civil aviation professions. My name is Heinrich Kubis and the story of my...

JAMES STEWART

“The whole world believed James Stewart. They have never caught him acting”. These words come from Peter Bogdanovich, director, screenwriter and film critic. James Maitland Stewart was a big, great actor from the United States. Already an Oscar winner in 1941 as an actor in...

THE MONTGOLFIER BROTHERS

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Joseph Michele and Jacques Étienne Montgolfier were two French inventors who lived on the cusp of the 1700s and 1800s. Fathers of the hot air balloon (known as mongolfiera in Italian). The hot air balloon, as rudimentary as it may seem to us now, was...

RAYMONDE DE LAROCHE, OUR 8th OF MARCH

The 8th of March is a chance to do what we should do every day. It’s a chance to remember the social conquests, the political and economic struggles, and the process of empowerment of which women have been and still are protagonists. To answer what...