From a flight attendant to a captain .. How did a British woman achieve her dream of the sky?

September 14, 2021 by archyde

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — When Jordan Milan Hazerati was offered a job as a flight attendant on British Virgin Atlantic Airways, it was a dream come true for her.

Hazratty, who previously worked as a flight attendant for Jet2 in her home city of Manchester, moved to London Heathrow in February 2020, to take her dream job.

“It was like a dream to me, I still can’t believe what happened,” Hazratti said. “I was on the plane that arrived at Heathrow on my first flight, and I will never forget this view of the sunrise, and I feel very lucky to have been able to to do that”.

Eight months later, she became one of the victims of the crisis that hit the aviation sector, but she used the pandemic as an opportunity to get the job she really wanted, a job as a pilot.

Stamped to the sky

Jordan Milan Hazratti lost her job after eight months as a flight attendant with Virgin Atlantic.Credit: Courtesy Jordan Hazrati

Hazerati does not remember a single moment when she decided she wanted to fly. In fact, she started her career doing something completely different, she was a dancer performing roles in musicals.

“I’ve always been attracted to aviation, but I didn’t want to admit it for fear of the high cost of learning the profession,” she said.

Learning to fly is a “big obstacle,” she says, for those who do not come from a wealthy background.

So, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, while others were saving their money, Hazerati did the opposite, and decided to pour all the money she had into her dream of becoming a pilot.

From a flight attendant to a captain .. How did a British woman achieve her dream of the sky?

Hazerati has always wanted to be a pilotCredit: Courtesy Jordan Hazrati

Since she began her training in March 2021, Hazratti has spent £14,000 ($19,200), but that’s a fraction of the final amount.

It will take up to three years to qualify, and the cost ranges from £50,000 to £60,000 ($69,000 to $82,000), the lowest value, according to Hazratti, with some courses costing twice as much.

Hazratty also received a scholarship from The Air League, a British non-profit aviation organisation, to help complete her private pilot license training.

Since losing her job, Hazratti has moved between 7 jobs and is currently working as a human factors specialist for another airline.

Hazerati takes to the skies every week and works towards her desired goal. “I make the most of every second,” she says.

Fly solo

From a flight attendant to a captain .. How did a British woman achieve her dream of the sky?

Hazerati spent her life savings training to fulfill her dream of becoming a pilotCredit: Courtesy Jordan Hazrati

So, what do you get from flying?

Hazratti describes the feeling of flying as “the best in the world”, as it evokes a sense of enthusiasm within her, adding that flying is one of the most unbelievable, unreal and unique feelings of its kind.

The feeling of gratitude and joy is evident in the pictures that she publishes through her own account on the “Instagram” site.

Today, Hazratti has the ability to take solo flights, and admits that she feels vulnerable there on her own.

However, Hazratti points out that she loves the challenge, as it takes all of her mental abilities, explaining that “the training you do on the ground, from studying maps and graphs, pays off in the sky.”

From a flight attendant to a captain .. How did a British woman achieve her dream of the sky?

Hazratti says flying is “the best feeling in the world”.Credit: Courtesy Jordan Hazrati

While some view pilots as having a higher status compared to cabin crew, Hazratty explains: “We see value for each other, but in some areas of the industry there is this hierarchy, where pilots are treated more professionally, and crew members are seen aircraft as customer service.

Hazratty hopes that her past as a flight attendant will put her in a good position to take up the role of piloting the plane in the future, commenting: “I hope I can bridge the gap between the cockpit and the cabin crew, and this is a barrier that must be removed.”

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

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