Thursday, August 5, 2010
During these past few months of "change", I have contemplated going back to flying. While virtually no airline is hiring flight attendants, I decided to apply for whomever was hiring and it happened to be SkyWest. This is so interesting to me as Delta and SkyWest are so closely affiliated and I never thought I would work for a regional commuter carrier...
I went to the interview on Tuesday in SLC and almost 200 people showed up. I quickly met 2 of the sweetest people, Billy and Mary. They made me laugh and we decided to hang out together for the duration of the day. We made it through the group interview only to find out that the other Mary was cut :'( Billy and I made it through to the one-on-one interviews. I happened to be the first name called for the one-on-one and when I was done, I went back into the holding room to say my good-byes to my new BFF Billy and he gave me a big hug then he loudly said, "O.K Everyone say good-bye to Mary"...they all said goodbye and I took a bow and gratuitously waved to the crowd! He was hysterical...
Yesterday I received a text from Billy saying he was in and had I heard yet...I checked my email and up until yesterday, I wasn't sure if I'd even accept the position...there it was..."Congratulations, New Hire". So now Billy and I are in the same class and he will MOST definitely make the intense 24 days of training more bearable. The good news is that training will be in SLC and since I live more than 40 miles from the SLC airport, they will put me up in a hotel. Training starts on August 17...YIKES...so soon...then on to wherever I get based and I'll be back in the skies.
Now that the decision has been made, Brad and I are very excited and feel really good about it all. I am so happy to be with a solid company and I am excited to see a bunch of new places...I am also SUPER stoked that their seniority is so different from Delta and after one year people are holding great lines and getting weekends and holidays off...if I were still with Delta, I'd still be holding a crappy schedule, working some holidays and weekends and I would still be considered "junior" after 12 years!
I'm not gonna lie, I'm not excited about the training, hopefully my past experience will be an asset. But I am most excited to get my flight benefits back...AND I get privileges on Delta and United as if I were an employee of theirs, not to mention the other carriers that I get to fly on free or for a very discounted rate. So watch out world, I'm Back, and I'm loving it!!