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Friday, March 16, 2012

My sky-high life (Lilia 1)


Lilia Mironov, Cabin Crew Member

As this is my first contribution to the SWISS blog I would like to tell in a nutshell what brought me here.

I still remember my first flight, which was in the dark ages of the last millennium, when smoking was still permitted in the cabin. It was an Interflug flight from East Berlin to Sofia, Bulgaria, to visit relatives. I was six years old and the passenger in front of me smoked a cigar, which caused me to become sick. Aside from that, I was awestruck by the flying experience.

After high school, I started studying English literature at university in Zurich but I felt unhappy. So I tried veterinary medicine but was still not happy. When I commuted to classes by train, I sometimes skipped Zurich main station and remained on board till the train stopped at the airport. I would spend a lot of time at the airport, where I actually felt happy. So in the summer of 1998 I applied at Swissair and in a matter of 10 days I was employed and moved to Zurich full-time.

Ever since, I’ve been happy. I’ve been doing exactly what I have always wanted to do which is…. everything! I love flying, love travelling, love people, love that no day is like any other. I like working night shifts and sleeping in during the day and when I can’t sleep I paint.
I like the fast-paced lifestyle of having my favourite Starbucks hangouts on every continent, where I sip coffee and read. I love flying to Hong Kong and going to the Peak where the movie Love is a many splendored thing was shot.
Over the years I have majored in art history and written a thesis on airport design. I just love the fact that I can combine my love of art and culture with my love of flying. This is my life.

Yet this career is not just for anybody, nor is it easy. Many people shake their heads at my lifestyle, people who need the routine of getting up every day at 6:30 in the morning and coming home at 5 pm in the evening. But to each his own.
With regard to the public, the most unknown aspect of this profession is the emphasis on safety and security awareness. Very in-depth emergency and safety and psychological training takes place throughout our career in order for us to be qualified to fly on airplanes. This element rounds out my job and makes it worthwhile.

12 comments:

  1. pls tell me more about Universitat Zurich.

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  2. Its very nice from you dear i request to all of those customer who fly with Swiss airlines please must their experiences because it make satisfy to those who think or plan to fly with Swiss Airlines .....

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  3. That's taken at Victoria's Peak in HKG ! what a beautiful place to come again one day by Swiss

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  4. ...maybe you should have tried arts instead of literature or veterinary medicine?!?

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  5. Once you have a job you love, you never have to work again! I'm happy for you (and I wish I could go back and do it too!)

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  6. Lilli, it's very nice to read you blog! I hope to fly again with you soon:-) Liebe Grüsse Marion (lhr-gva im Dezember 2011)

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  7. Hello everybody! Mr Khalid, if only you knew what kind of interesting people my colleagues on board are! We have the whole demograpic spectrum on board, teachers, artists, doctors, nurses, secretaries, personal assistants, makeup artists.... It's always so interesting to start a new flight duty and get to know each other. Simon, the University of Zurich is nice, of course. But maybe quite crowded. So there might be quite some competition but it was nonetheless a wonderful experience for me to be there. But only because I could go out flying between all the studies. I really needed that. And Anonymous, I did try arts ;-) I even have my own website. Which of course I'm not endorsing here. And Jean, you are absolutely right! And Marion, how could I forget you! Hope to fly soon again with you, you are a lovely person!

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  10. Hi Lilia. Thanks for sharing your great experiences and your lovely way of writing! Is the training with entering a pitch-black smokefilled training airplane REALLY bad?

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