African Aviators Webinar Series- Episode 3: Cabin Crew

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Airline Cabin Crew are primarily responsible for the comfort and safety of airline passengers. This job has evolved through aviation history from the days when flying was almost entirely a first class experience to the different cabin products of the modern airliner today. And the ‘flight attendant’ has always been perceived through the lens of stereotypes, some purely sexist and gender driven.

But one thing is for sure, this is a highly sought-after career path given its fairly great financial rewards and propensity for travel

The African Aviators Webinar series was started to demystify aviation career paths such as these and to provide insights from African professionals who have been there and done that, as well as to provide valuable advice in a bid to inspire and empower the next generation of African aviation professionals.

The series is proudly sponsored by Embraer and is a collaborative initiative of the African aviation group (on facebook), Aviadev Africa and Airspace Africa.

According to recent studies, despite the global slump in the aviation sector due to the pandemic, demand for qualified aviation personnel remains strong and will expand in the coming years as the industry recovers and grows. Africa is estimated to require about 24,000 Cabin crew professionals over the next 20 years in order to sustain the growth of its fleet

Episode 3 of the African Aviators webinar series will bring together an interesting set of panelists from the cabin crew profession

Meet the panelists:

Lesego Hope Mmutlana

Lesego Hope Mmutlana grew up in Soshanguve Pretoria. She Found her niche in life and fortunate enough it was in aviation. In 2004 an opportunity to join the national carrier presented its self and was lucky enough to be one of the few applicants to be chosen. Flying has not only been a job for her but a passion. A former flight attendant for South African Airways, she spent 16 and half years soaring the skies. The service industry is forever evolving and She had to evolve with it. That means going the extra mile in learning about travel and different cultures. With the pandemic having brought change in the aviation industry she had to adapt to the new way of doing things. Hope is Currently studying for a diploma in digital marketing and copywriting and has opened a travel agency with the help of Archer travels and Evolution travel. She has since then been running Hope Travels, which is registered both in the U.S and here in South Africa.

“Mama J”, Joy Ogbebo

Joy Ogbebo, better known as “Mama J” is a Nigerian. She is the founder, Mamaj Aviation Consult Limited. She is an Aviation Consultant, Aviation Careers Development Advocate, Aviation Blogger and a Mentor. She is the face behind Mamaj Aviation Blog, Mamaj Aviation TV, Mamaj Mentorship Academy and the Convener of the Annual Cabin Crew Fair & the Explore Aviation Careers Conference. She has been in the Aviation industry for almost 3 decades. She kick-started her Career as a Flight Attendant and came through the ranks to the peak of her Career. Through her journey in the industry, she was privileged to work at reputable airlines; Okada Airlines, Associated Airlines, Virgin Nigeria and Discovery Airways. Within this period, Joy specialised in Crew Management, Performance Management, Customer Relationship Management and mentoring. Today, she is paying it forward as an Aviation Careers development Advocate. Her passion and mission is to groom the next generation of skilled Aviation professionals.

Enock Wabuyi

Enock Wabuyi is from Uganda. He is an aspiring Airline Cabin crew with a lot of passion in the aviation industry. He completed his IATA Airline Cabin Crew training Course from Uganda Aviation Academy in 2020 where he managed to pass his IATA exams with a distinction. Before joining the aviation industry, Enock studied business administration at Nkumba university and is currently working with an NGO called Kibo group as he waits on his dream career in the aviation industry as cabin crew. Although Covid has hit the aviation industry hard , he says he is optimistic there a more opportunities coming up soon and will get his first cabin crew job.

Registration for the webinar can be done by clicking HERE

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