SKYPRO Cabin Crew Shoes Walk/In/Heaven.

As cabin crew, we spend a hell of a lot of time on our feet. Up and down that aircraft aisle between galleys and trollies, looking after passengers and pilots. Then there’s the walk to and from the aircraft, between car parks and crew report centres. Not only do we have to look uber-glam all of the time, comfort is an absolute necessity.

Quite often finding the right shoe becomes like searching for the Holy-Grail. Once a crew member finds a pair that are the perfect fit word spreads like wild-fire and before long, everyone is wearing the same pair. However, one shoe manufacturer hopes to eliminate the frustrating search for the perfect shoe.

SKYPRO, is the first company in the world to manufacture certified footwear for aviation professionals. Since the companies formation they have created shoes for some of the world’s leading airlines, including TAP Air Portugal and their Knee High ‘come f@*k me boots, as seen in my Style In The Aisles The Top 10 Cabin Crew Uniforms of 2014.

Another of SKYPRO's customers is PGA Portugålia Airlines

Another of SKYPRO’s customers is PGA Portuglia Airlines.

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A Yearly Memorial To Our Fallen Cabin Crew Colleagues.

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2014 has so far been a very dark time for aviation. On Thursday July 24th 2014, cabin crew around the world wore a black ribbon on their uniforms, in memory of the colleagues we have so tragically lost over these last few months. Flight MH370 disappeared without a trace on March 8, 2014. Months later there is still no explanation as to what exactly happened to the Boeing 777, its passengers or crew. Then Malaysia Airlines suffered a further tragedy when MH17 was shot down over Ukraine on July, 17. Just a few days later on July, 23 TransAsia Airways flight GE222 crashed on approach into Magong Airport, Penghu Island, Taiwan. Then on the very day crew around the world offered to mark their respects, a further tragedy fell upon our industry with the loss of Swiftair flight AH5017 (operating on behalf of Air Algerie). The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 crashed en-route to Algiers in bad weather.

In the space of four months we have lost twenty-seven cabin crew and ten of our pilot brothers and sisters. These disasters have hit our industry hard, especially those at Malaysia Airlines who have lost so many of their friends and colleagues in such a short period. In a time where aviation safety has come on in leaps and bounds, it is loss for one airline not seen since the 9/11 atrocities.

Since these accidents, I have received many emails and messages from crew around the world asking for ways in which we may be able to pay tribute to the crew members we have lost, not only this year but in all aviation accidents, on a more permanent basis. One idea is that we have an annual ‘memorial’ day, where cabin crew around the globe wear our black ribbons, commemorating all of our ‘Angels Of The Sky’.

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A date that has been mentioned is our flight attendants, Patron Saints day. Yes believe it or not, cabin crew do have their very own Patron Saint, St. Bona Of Pisa which is celebrated on 29th May each year. If you would like some more information on her, have a quick read of my blog post, detailing her life story. Many of you have said that you feel this would be a perfect day for us to remember those we have lost.

St. Bona Of Pisa Patron Saint of Flight Attendants.

My intention now, if we gather enough support, is to contact the CEO’s of the major airlines around the world. I will be sending an email requesting that for one day each year, they relax their uniform policies slightly and allow us to wear our black ribbon.

Some of you have also spoken about creating a charity to support those left behind. This is an idea I would also like to develop and would be interested in hearing ideas you may have for this. Any suggestions can either be left in the comments section below, or simply drop me an email confessionsofatrolleydolly@hotmail.co.uk

I really do think it would be fitting if we could drum up enough support to make this a world-wide event every year, celebrating the lives of all cabin crew and pilots who went to work one day and never returned.

I ask you all if possible to share this post with all of your aviation colleagues and friends to make our ‘Angels Of The Sky Memorial Day’ a success.

Thank you in advance.

“Flight attendants don’t just die, they fly higher” -Anon.

©Dan Air for confessionsofatrolleydolly.com 2014.

A Tribute To Malaysia Airlines.

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Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has been in the news a lot recently, sadly for all the wrong reasons. The tragic loss of two of the carriers Boeing 777’s in four months, has sent shock waves around the world. However, the airline is still flying. It’s website is still taking bookings. It’s ground based staff are still keeping the airline flying. It’s airport staff are still checking in passengers and boarding flights. It’s pilots are still flying the planes. Its cabin crew are still donning the stunning MAS uniform, putting on their make-up, packing their crew bags, painting on a smile and heading to the airport. They enter Malaysia Airlines crew deployment centre to check in for their flights and meet their friends and colleagues. Lots of MAS crew have been with the company many years. It’s a quiet place now. There’s no laughter, no excitement to be had about their next flight.

Instead there’s sadness, there’s emotion and there is fear. But still the crews set off to their aircraft, carry out their security and safety checks. They stand and greet their passengers with the warm smile and friendly manner MAS has become famous for. The aircraft takes off, they prepare meals and drinks and carry out their service, tending to their passengers every need. They have a break in the galley and share memories of their fallen colleagues. They talk about their fears, worries, concerns and ask, how could it happen? Then they land, the passengers disembark and they head to their hotel or home to loved ones before doing it all again the next day.

How any MAS flights are still operating is a testament to the bravery and professionalism of the airlines crew. Some have chosen to hang up their wings, too scared and too upset to ever fly again. Those that are still flying do so with a heavy heart and deeply traumatised, after losing 21 of their cabin crew colleagues and six pilots, in such a short space of time.

So here, in a tribute to the iconic airline, we not only remember the fallen Malaysia Airlines cabin crew of flights MH370 and MH17, we too remember the crews that are still flying. Those who continue to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. Those who comfort nervous passengers, while struggling to deal with their own emotions and fears.

To our cabin crew and flight deck brothers and sisters at Malaysia Airlines, the thoughts and prayers of your aviation family from around the world are with you.

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Thyme Zone Home Made Skin Care Range.

As cabin crew it is imperative that we always look our glamorous best. It is expected by the airlines we fly for, our passengers and of course the general public. However, it is a well know fact that flying is incredibly bad for your skin. With recycled air in aircraft cabins, constantly drying out your complexion; long hours, the dreaded jet-lag and sleepless nights all combine to cause a massive impact on our skin and appearance. Therefore, it’s vitally important that we take care of our skin, whether we are flying as crew or as passengers.

Recently one of my lovely Facebook followers, Bernice Drummond contacted me regarding her fabulous range of home crafted skin care products called Thyme Zone. Bernice was kind enough to send me a sample of her products and after using them for just a few days I was so impressed that decided to write a special piece for my blog, highlighting these incredible products.

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All Thyme Zone goods have been designed by crew, for crew and frequent travellers. Each product has been formulated with natural ingredients and aromatherapy blends to enhance your well-being whilst flying and to help you relax post-flight.

First up is, THYME ZONE REPAIR, which has been specially formulated for tired, jet-lagged skin.  It is packed full of vitamins, anti-oxidants and wonderful anti-ageing ingredients.  These include carrot oil, wheat germ and avocado oil to help regenerate skin cells while you rest.

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Then there’s THYME ZONE REFRESH, an uplifting and refreshing balm to keep you alert when you are struggling to stay awake, perfect for those red-eye flights. Made with essential oils of rosemary and bergamot, it helps to clear congestion and awaken your senses.  The aromatherapy blend also helps ward off germs.

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The final item in the 3 piece kit is THYME ZONE REST, a relaxing balm formulated with essential oils of lavender and chamomile. Gently massage in to the temples and breathe in the aroma to aid relaxation and restful sleep. Perfect for crew rest or when you simply can’t drop off in your hotel. It worked wonders for me.

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You can buy the products individually or treat yourself to your very own THYME ZONE KIT, which has all 3 of these amazing skin care treatments in its very own cotton draw-string bag. Here the pots come in a handy travel size, perfect for both the boys and girls make-up bags.

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Bernice has been kind enough to offer a 15% discount to all my followers by simply entering the code COATD at check out.

So dollies, if you want to look your very best in the air and on the ground, be sure to head over and place your order, believe me you won’t be disappointed.

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©Dan Air for confessionsofatrolleydolly.com 2014

Happy 30th Birthday Virgin Atlantic!

Thirty-six years ago, a young Richard Branson had been on holiday with his wife to be in the British Virgin Islands. Waiting to catch a flight to Puerto Rico, it was announced that their American Airlines service had been cancelled. Branson called a charter company and enquired about hiring a plane to fly himself and the other stranded passenger to Puerto Rico. It would cost $2,000 and if he could fill the flight it would be $39 each. Making his way round the airport and advertising the ‘Virgin Airways’ flight, he quickly sold all of the seats and they were on their way. As the lucky set of passengers disembarked, one man turned to Mr Branson and said, “Virgin Airways isn’t too bad. Smarten up the service a little and you could be in business”.

Six years later on June 22, 1984 the first Virgin Atlantic flight took off from London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW), bound for New York Newark (EWR), using a leased Boeing 747-200 (G-VIRG) called ‘Maiden Voyager’.

The rest as they say is history and what a history it has been. From battles with British Airways (BA), to breaking new ground with constant innovations and re-inventions, Virgin Atlantic is a name now synonymous with style, glitz and ‘Bringing Back The Glamour’.

Here we take a look at the 30 year history of one of the worlds best-loved airlines with 30 historic pictures. Simply click on one of the pictures to enter our Virgin Atlantic Birthday gallery.

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Style In The Aisles: The Top Ten Cabin Crew Uniforms Gracing The Skies in 2014.

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the fashion pages of Confessions Of A Trolley Dolly. Forget Vogue, forget GQ, our Style In The Aisles section is THE place to get all the latest aviation fashion news and reviews.

Flying and glamour have always gone hand in hand. Ever since the first flight attendants took to the skies, all eyes have been on what the girls and boys are wearing. From Pucci prints at Braniff, to paper dresses at BOAC, over the years airlines have come up with some iconic looks to style their crews. Sadly during the 80’s and 90’s many uniforms went from glam and fabulous, to drab and utilitarian.

From Pucci prints to paper dresses.

From Pucci prints to paper dresses.

Recently, all this has changed and high-end style and glamour is finally returning for us trolley dollies. Uniform designs are now coming from top fashion houses and home-grown design talent, as airlines around the world tirelessly compete to make their girls and boys look their very best.

Here we take a look at 10 of my favourite cabin crew uniforms that are currently gracing aircraft aisles and airport terminals around the world.

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The A-Z Of Aeroplane Jetiquette

The Oxford English dictionary defines the word ‘Etiquette’ as “the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group”.

Unfortunately, some of our beloved passengers have completely forgotten ‘the customary code of polite behaviour in society’ and more specifically onboard our aircraft. So here at Confessions Of A Trolley Dolly (with a little help from my gorgeous Facebook followers) we have created a helpful little guide, written to improve your safety and comfort.

Detailing acceptable and unacceptable behaviour onboard aircraft around the globe, the A to Z of Aeroplane ‘Jetiquette’ should be studied just as closely as your safety card. Please take a few moments to read through the list, it could well be a useful tool in your survival onboard.

On behalf of cabin crew everywhere, we wish you a very pleasant flight.

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