Seeing the World as a Flight Attendant!

Emirates Flight Attendant, interview at African Travel Indaba 2019.

Chanel Diesel is a 28 year old Flight Attendant with Emirates. She has been a Flight Attendant for the past seven years and prides herself with the Emirates brand. At the Africa Travel Indaba 2019, I was fortunate enough to have a quick conversation with the beautiful Chanel. Here’s what she had to say:

  1. Working with Emirates, what has your experience been like?

“It’s amazing. I wouldn’t change it for anything. I work in First Class, so I have experienced a lot. When I started to travel, I was very young, being in South Africa, opportunities to travel is very limited, so once I went to Europe and America, and all the nice places, I learned a lot and wanted to keep travelling. It’s nice, but I don’t think of being a Flight Attendant as a career, but I will definitely stay with Emirates and possibly change fields.

Being a Flight Attendant is tough on your body, it’s difficult living out of a suitcase and as you get older, you want to settle down more. Overall, it’s a ten out of ten for me with the experience”.

  1. What inspired you to become a Flight Attendant?

“Probably my mom! My mom is a travel agent, so she’s always wanted me to see the world first, before coming back and settling down”.

  1. What’s your favourite city to land in?

“I would definitely say Buenos Aires, because it’s the city of lights. The whole city is covered in lights, so when you’re coming in when it’s dark, it’s beautiful. Another pick would be Nice, it’s over the ocean, so you land almost in the middle of the ocean. It’s a thrilling experience since you see water all around you and it’s really nice”.

  1. What has been your most memorable experience as a Flight Attendant?

“Working with Cameron Diaz! I loved it, she’s a lovely person and was my favourite to work with. Also, attending the Lakers finals, getting to see Khloe Kardasian as well”

  1. What advice would you give to others who are aspiring to become Flight Attendants?

“Definitely go for it. They must apply, and get the job without overthinking it. Don’t try to figure out logistics and relationships and where to stay, before you get the job. This will only hold you back. Even when you get in, give it a try for a year and you will open up to the possibilities and it’s just amazing when everything falls into place. There are a lot of South Africans with Emirates, especially in Dubai so there are great opportunities. South Africans are generally hard working so it’s a brilliant way to see the world while working too.



A huge thank you to Chanel Diesel, Emirates, Clockwork Media and the Africa Travel Indaba for making this a wonderful experience!

If you are keen on opportunities as a Flight Attendant or with Emirates, check out social media and local postings for updated vacancies.


More on Emirates: “The Emirates story started in 1985 when we launched operations with just two aircraft. Today, we fly the world’s biggest fleets of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, offering our customers the comforts of the latest and most efficient wide-body aircraft in the skies. We inspire travelers around the world with our growing network of worldwide destinations, industry leading inflight entertainment, regionally inspired cuisine, and world-class service. Read on to find out more”.


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2 thoughts on “Seeing the World as a Flight Attendant!

  1. This was so much fun to read! I think Flight Attendants are some of the most fascinating people to talk to. I loved hearing her perspective/experiences. Thank you for sharing!

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