By Confidente Reporter
INTERNATIONAL Cabin Crew Day is commemorated on 31 May annually, to recognise the unsung heroes of the skies.
However, Air Namibia observed this day on 16 June, which is celebrated across the continent as Day of the African Child.
On International Cabinet Crew Day, recognition is given to the role of cabin crew, which goes beyond the pretty face and friendly smile.
This year’s event was celebrated under the theme, ‘Honouring our cabin crew with a social sense’.
The celebrations started on the morning of 16 June, with a charity drive by cabin crew members at Megameno Orphanage Home in Katutura.
Cabin crew members spent the morning hours playing with the children and cleaning the orphanage, and later ended the day by treating the children to a delightful meal. They also donated food items and clothing.
On the same day, a black tie event was hosted, to reward outstanding performance among the cabin crew members.
At this event, mainly attended by cabin crew members and the media, Captain William Ekandjo, Air Namibia General Manager of Flight Operations, called on the nation to support the national airline. “We call upon the Namibian nation to support the national airline, as the preferred carrier to facilitate their air transport services. By supporting local service providers, we are demonstrating territorial pride and adding value to the national flag. Respecting the values of territorial integrity and national loyalty falls on us all,” he proudly said. Captain Ekandjo noted that Air Namibia operates in a highly competitive market space, where consumers of air travel are well-educated in the high-end market.
“Our consumers are shopping around for service providers, and they have two key indicators, which drive their buying and commercial decisions, and these are service, first, and then cost,” he explained. Captain Ekandjo concluded by saying, “As brand ambassadors, our cabin crew members provide excellent customer service, while ensuring that passengers’ safety and convenience are attended to throughout the flight. We appreciate your immense contribution, being the face of the airline and safety officers as well.”
Hendrina Munyika was the guest speaker at the event. She is a former cabin controller and currently the Head of Department in the Faculty of Business Administration at the International University of Management (IUM). Describing the importance of the International Cabin Crew Day, Munyika said, “We celebrate the men and women who conquer the great skies with a thousand smiles, prayerful hearts, and the courage of a million soldiers, as they journey from place to place, with care for total strangers, while placing the care of their loved ones in the hands of others.” She concluded by sharing some encouraging words, as she said, “Your flight is destined for greatness, success and fulfilment in everything you do. Remember, to achieve success you, need to love what you are doing.” The event was concluded with the presentation of awards to outstanding cabin crew members. The Cabin Crew Member of the Year award went to Abraham Swartbooi, while Herman Araeb was awarded second place and Julio Gustavo third.
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