Mum and daughter take to the skies together as cabin crew

A trolley good team! Woman, 29, who was inspired to become cabin crew after her mum applied aged 56 says it’s ‘incredible’ to see the world together as they take to the skies with Virgin Atlantic

  • Kim Crawford, 60 and daughter Sophie, 29, both cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic
  • Kim, from Pelsall, West Midlands, applied to become a flight attendant aged 56
  • Inspired by mum’s exciting job, Sophie decided to join her at 35,000 feet

A mother and daughter duo who work together as cabin crew have revealed how they both take to the skies together.

Kim Crawford, 60 and her daughter Sophie, 29, both work for Virgin Atlantic after Kim impulsively decided to apply to become a flight attendant when she was 56.

The married mum-of-three from Pelsall, West Midlands, decided she needed a career shake up after spending years caring for her elderly parents. 

So inspired by her mum’s exciting job, only daughter Sophie, decided to join her at 35,000 feet and now the pair are lucky enough to work together and have enjoyed flights across the globe, including to New York.

Kim Crawford (pictured, right), 60 and her daughter Sophie (left), 29, are both cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic after Kim impulsively decided to apply to become a flight attendant when she was 56

Kim (pictured, right with daughter Sophie, left) decided she needed a career shake up after spending years caring for her elderly parents

Sophie was so inspired by her mum’s exciting job, she decided to join her at 35,000 feet (pictured, together)

‘I honestly can’t say I have one favourite part of the job. There are so many things I love,’ said Kim, who also has two sons, Mitchell, 35 and Nathan, 33.

Kim, who has trained to be a Covid vaccinator whilst grounded on furlough added: ‘We both can’t wait to be back up in the air, it’s a very rewarding career and to get the chance to travel the world with my daughter by my side is very special.

‘I am so proud of my beautiful and intelligent daughter. She works so hard and I am very proud to walk behind her on board and call her both my daughter and my work colleague.’

Daughter Sophie, who previously worked as a model said: ‘Mum is so inspiring, I saw how passionate and excited she was when she first started with Thomas Cook and I thought “this is something I want to do too.”‘

Kim’s daughter Sophie (pictured), who previously worked as a model, said her mum is ‘so inspiring’

The duo’s flight career path started after Kim (pictured) decided she needed a challenge, having worked a miss match of part time jobs around care commitments

Sophie and Kim (pictured together) are lucky enough to work together and have enjoyed flights across the globe, including to New York

The mum and daughter duo have looked after a number of famous people on board too, including actor Danny DeVito and golfer Gary Player. Pictured, together

Sophie, who has been with her partner Lee Myatt for six years, added: ‘When I applied for Virgin and got accepted mum was so proud. I didn’t know that she had also applied in secret – she was worried she wouldn’t get the job, but two weeks after I was accepted, so was she. We couldn’t believe it, it’s been such an adventure.

‘It’s an incredible career with an amazing company and it provides us with so many opportunities.

‘I forget to call her Kim when we are at work and sometimes on board I say “mum can you get me,” the passengers love it.

‘They are always shocked when they realise my mum and I work together and we have so much fun together, it’s a hard job but very rewarding.

‘She does sometimes go in to mum mode though and I have to remind her she can’t tell me what to do when we are on board.

The duo have been lucky enough to take their family on trips away too. Pictured, Kim and her daughter Sophie

Kim (pictured, right) decided to impulsively Google ‘part time cabin crew’ and found a vacancy for a summer contract with former airline Thomas Cook

Sophie (pictured) said the pair are ‘really close’ and added that it’s ‘incredible’ to be able to see the world with her mum

Kim (pictured) said some people think cabin crew just serve tea and coffee but added there is so much more to the job

‘We are really close, we live two minutes away and she is my best friend. It’s incredible to be able to see the world with her.’

The mum and daughter duo have looked after a number of famous people on board too, including actor Danny DeVito and golfer Gary Player.

And they have been lucky enough to take their family on trips away too.

The duo’s flight career path started after Kim decided she needed a challenge, having worked a miss match of part time jobs around care commitments.

‘I was very excited to spread my wings, excuse the pun,’ Kim explained.

When Kim’s daughter Sophie got the job at Virgin, she decided to join, too. Pictured, together

Kim (pictured), who also has two sons, Mitchell, 35 and Nathan, 33, said she can’t say she has ‘one favourite part of the job’ because there are ‘so many things’ that she loves

Kim (pictured), who impulsively decided to apply to become a flight attendant when she was 56, has trained to be a Covid vaccinator whilst grounded on furlough

Kim said that getting the chance to travel the world with her daughter by her side is ‘very special.’ Pictured, Kim and Sophie during training

Kim, who has been married to husband Derek for over 30 years, decided to impulsively Google ‘part time cabin crew’ and found a vacancy for a summer contract with former airline Thomas Cook.

But when her daughter Sophie got the job at Virgin, she joined too.

Kim said: ‘My passion is people. I love different cultures and ways of life, I find it so fascinating and the job is perfect for that.

‘I love meeting people from all walks of life and from all over the world. We have multinational crew too which is fantastic and in the job I have made so many friends of all ages.’

‘Most of the team are aged 18-35 so I’m decades older but I gave it my all and passed the training. Sometimes people think we just serve tea and coffee but there is so much more to the job.

‘I love the freedom to see the world – that is priceless. I just thought one day, I’m going to go for it and we are both so glad I did. We love our jobs and working together makes it even better.’

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