Life with the World’s Favourite Airline

Bob O’Brien recounts some of his fond memories from more than 40 years of flying with the company we know today as British Airways.

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The cover of Bob’s highly coveted cabin crew log book.
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The Landor livery remains one of the most enduring symbols of British Airways.
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Bob (back left) remembers a strong sense of camaraderie and teamwork among the junior recruits.
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Two years ago I bid a fond farewell to my time in the cabin services team at British Airways; a career that spanned more than four decades. Aside from allowing me to earn a living while travelling to all corners of the globe, the role also offered ample opportunity to indulge my lifelong aviation hobby.

I joined the carrier in 1975 through Cambrian Airways, one of its subsidiary companies. I had known Brian Ainsworth, the airline’s head of cabin services, since I was a budding planespotter growing up in the shadow of Speke Airport where he would kindly allow me, and my friends on board

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