The story of a flight attendant who became a pilot

The story of a flight attendant who became a pilot

Currently, Chilean Paola Oyarzún flies the A320 fleet on domestic routes in Chile

Rafael Bahia Personal Archive

Published December 2019

When people ask what Paola Oyarzún does for a living, she has the answer on the tip of her tongue: “I fly,” she says. This is the way she found to say she’s a pilot and recall her time as a flight attendant at the same time.

After all, she worked in this area for almost seven years before taking on the cockpit in 2011. These days, the Chilean pilot flies A320 aircraft on domestic routes in Chile and is part of a group where she exchanges experiences with other female colleagues who also fly planes ‒ according to her, incidentally, the amount of women in this position has been growing rapidly in recent years.


The story of a flight attendant who became a pilot

But Paola jokes that her heart still wears a flight attendant uniform. For her, the time she worked in the cabins had a huge impact on her current position because it provided a more comprehensive understanding of the profession, as she had more contact with crew members as well as ground workers. “Flying is my passion,” she concludes. “And it’s great to have my passion as my job!”


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