United Airlines Celebrates 80 Years of the Flight Attendant Profession
May 3, 2010
CHICAGO - Eighty years ago on May 15, 1930, United's first stewardesses ledby registered nurse Ellen Church took their initial flight on a Boeing 80Afrom Oakland/San Francisco to Chicago, making a 20-hour journey with 13stops, 14 passengers and cruising at 125 mph.
To commemorate this anniversary, United is honoring that historic flight on May 15. This year, a Boeing 767 will make a 4-hour nonstop journey withnearly 240 customers and cruising at approximately 530 mph.
United realized 80 years ago, as it still does today, that customers should be cared for while in flight. United's flight attendants are proud professionals who for generations have cared for our customers' safety and comfort says Alexandria Marren, senior vice president of onboard service, who will be on the May 15 flight. Our flight attendants deliver a safe, pleasant travel experience for millions of customers every year, and we want to take the time to thank those who have proudly earned their United wings.
On this honorary flight, United flight attendants will be invited to wearvintage uniforms that represent different eras of flight and provide atimeline of glamour and style leading up to 2011, when all United customer-facing employees will dress in new uniforms created by fashion designer Cynthia Rowley.
With United's ongoing investments in improving thecustomer experience, including the new aircraft order, upgrades to theinternational premium cabins and other customer-friendly travel options, ourflight attendants will continue to offer United's finest experience wellinto the future.
Kim McClellan, based in Washington Dulles and a United flight attendantsince 1991, says, I am proud to wear my United wings that represent ourprofession and the great service we provide our customers.