There are many many F/A´s older than 55, especially with US carriers!
These guys are mostly working international trips and just the amount of flight hours they want! Seniority is EVERYTHING in the airline business!
As far as I know, the actual retirement age with most of the US majors is 65 to get full and all benefits possible!
But as long as F/A´s pass through their annual medical examination and recurrent flight safety training, no one is forced to retire!
I remember an article about 5 TWA F/A´s called "TWA´s Golden Girls"!
They´ve been a team for over 30 years and always worked the very same flight together at least once a month!
The junior F/A in that crew had 36 years on the job, while the most senior F/A(Dolores "Dodo" Narz, a legend in the industry) who was also the Number 1 Attendant at TWA had 48 years of seniority!!! WOW!
I´ve also seen very senior F/A´s on DL
! Some of them former PA employees, but also people who started with DL
right from the beginning!
I think DL
´s most senior F/A was Norma Webb! Not sure, if she is still flying!
She had somewhat around 50 years of seniority!
Maybe someone has any information about her?
Also the mother of a very dear friend of mine (who is a DL
F/A out of JFK
) started with PA back in 1960! She turns 65 this year and is still flying for World Airways!!! She´s such a wonderful and adorable lady!
I personally love these very senior F/A´s! I love to be taken care by them when travelling as a passenger, as well as I really enjoy working with them!
The more senior, the better!!!
You just can´t beat them in experience, knowledge and professionalism!
Flying is in their bones and blood!
And there is nothing like the atmosphere these veterans pass throughout the cabin on any flight they´re on!
one of the best examples (though she´s retired now) is right here with us: PiedmontGirl!!!
She´s just wonderful! She´s my first and so far one and only respected user!!!
Well, I´m wondering if and how I´ll be like with this job in 30-40 years from now!
At the moment I do have 5 years of seniority!!!
Actually it´s not too bad with the carrier I work for! Our most senior Attendant at the moment started with us in 1972! 2 years ago some veterans of 1963/64 retired!