Corporate Flight Attendant – Melanie MarshSeptember 30, 2015 by Stacey Farooqui
Today we have the pleasure of bringing you corporate flight attendant spotlight on Melanie Marsh. Read along to learn more about Melanie, including her military service and her career in business aviation, and some of her favorite things in New York City.
Hello Melanie, and thank you for taking time out for this spotlight. First, which aircraft have you flown on during your career?
- BBJ 737
- Global Express
Where did you receive flight attendant training?
I received my initial training from the United States Air Force.
When was your last recurrent?
I attended Flight Safety in April 2015 for my recurrent.
What is your base locations and ICAOs?
I fly out of all airports in the Greater New York Area.
How long have you been a flight attendant?
I have been a flight attendant for five years. The first three years I was a military flight attendant and the past two years I have been a corporate flight attendant.
Have you received any awards / industry scholarships? Career highlights?
Which business aviation conventions and trade shows do you attend?
You can find me at NBAA conventions, Women in Aviation events and food-related tradeshows.
Aside from your corporate flight attendant training, what other education do you have?
I was an Emergency Medical technician (EMT) and a personal assistant for many years. I also have my sommelier certification, trained at Le Cordon Bleu, and have a Nutrition and Fitness Certification. I am also a trained in reflexology.
What has been your most memorable flight?
My most memorable flight was a trip around the world for a State Department official. I visited many countries that I would have never chosen to visit on my own and it was amazing.
What types of cuisine do you prefer?
To eat: Italian. To prepare: French.
What are your favorite destinations, and why?
Paris for the amazing food and my favorite culture. I sold everything I owned and was about to move there. I applied for my Visa, and then met my husband… Change of plans, but the best thing that has ever happened to me! We are going there for our honeymoon!
What are your favorite restaurants in New York City?
What are some things to do that you would suggest for a corporate flight attendant visiting New York City for the first time?
Go to a Broadway show and then call me; we will go have some great food and drinks!
Any cultural tips for a corporate flight attendant visiting New York City for the first time?
Don’t be afraid to use the subway; it’s easy once you get down there. Go to Times Square and Top of the Rock for an amazing view of the city. Be sure to visit rooftop restaurants during the summer – so fun!
What are some in-flight catering challenges you have experienced?
How did you overcome them?
Obtaining Jewish food requests during Jewish holidays. Most places you would typically use are closed, so you have to research which places are actually open.
What made you decide to become a corporate flight attendant?
I love to travel and make someone’s day with great food and service. It’s so fun to share my great food finds and creations with food lovers.
What do you feel are essential skills for a successful corporate flight attendant?
Flexibility and adapting your service to any individual’s needs and requests.
What advice would you give someone looking to become a corporate flight attendant?
Be organized and prepared for anything. Learn to carry a lot of basics with you, just in case.
Thank you for a wonderful interview! What email address should be used to contact you?
I can be reached at Melanie1492@gmail.com.
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