Meet Kristen Cassidy, one of Global Air Charters’ Cabin Attendants
Kristen Cassidy, a Global Air Charters’ Cabin Attendant has a passion for providing excellent experiences for travelers, a drive for teamwork, and a love of animals. Read on to learn more about Kristen.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri but I currently live in Chicago, IL.
What education and certifications do you hold?
Undergrad from the University of Missouri-Columbia, FACTS Aircare safety training, CPR & AED certified
What makes GAC stand apart from other private charters?
I’d have to again say our crews and how family-oriented we are. I think it really helps that we have one of our owners out on the road flying with crews. It helps keep everything balanced.
What is one specific moment, with a customer, that made you realize why you do what you do?
There are so many times that I have said, “And this is why I love what I do.” One that is coming to mind is a flight we had to Pakistan. An older man was very ill and as his dying wish, he wanted to spend his last days in his country. With his son as his doctor, we were able to fly him over to Pakistan for his wish to come true.
What is your favorite thing about working for GAC?
The crews, we spend so much time on the road and away from our families that our crews have become our second family. I’ve worked for 3 airlines now and I can hands down say that GAC has the most welcoming and fun crews out there.
What do you enjoy most about your position?
I think this goes without saying- the traveling, the exotic places we go that we would probably NEVER experience had it not be for our jobs.
What is your favorite occasion to celebrate while flying?
BIRTHDAYS! Whether it’s decorating the plane for a passenger’s birthday, or one of the crew members’ birthdays, we always make the most of it.
What motivates you to do the best on the job?
The passengers. We have some great clients that we fly and knowing I can make their flight just a little bit more special always motivates me to go the extra mile.
In your opinion, what makes a good flight attendant/pilot?
Someone who pays attention to detail, that puts safety and others before themselves.
When did you realize you wanted to become a flight attendant?
I had no clue I wanted to be a flight attendant until my mom brought it up to me. She was also a corporate flight attendant and introduced me to the world of aviation. I started when I was 22, haven’t looked back since.
What was your most memorable mission with Global Air Charters?
My most memorable trip with GAC was our trip to Iraq rescuing 47 dogs and cats that soldiers had adopted it while serving our country. We started in Portugal, flew empty over to Iraq and started loading up the fur babies. It took about 5 hours on the ground to get them all loaded. One of the longest days of my life but so worth it. Seeing the videos of the dogs being reunited with the soldiers would bring a tear to anyone’s eye! I hope to do more flights like that in the future, such a rewarding feeling and something I will never forget.
What was the most fun you’ve experienced on the job?
Too many to count! My most recent trip to Hawaii is definitely one of my favorite layovers so far. We had 4 days in Hawaii, a great crew, amazing food, did a lot of exploring, and had a blast! It is one I will never forget.
What do you like to do when you aren’t flying?
I’m pretty simple when I’m home. I love seeing my friends and family, going to the gym, and honestly just enjoying time spent at my apartment. It’s not too often that I’m there!
What is your favorite travel destination? Why?
I think I’d have to say Amsterdam. We spent a LOT of time over there last summer during Covid and I have a lot of fond memories there.