Passenger Stories: Making new friends in Mauritius

“Success isn’t about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do”

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a “feel good” story, so I thought I’d share with you something special that happened on the way to my flight back to Dubai today!

As I was leaving the hotel in Mauritius, a mother and her two young boys (above) approached me and asked if I operated the Emirates Airbus A380. When I responded yes, they requested that we take a photo together. She said that her eldest son wanted to be a pilot one day and that it would mean a lot to him.

After hearing this, I spoke to the FO and requested her permission to use her hat. We snapped a few pictures, then I gave them each a colouring sheet of the A380 that I keep in my cabin bag. The FO came over to say hello too, and that’s when we discovered both her and the family were from Brazil; small world!

The children asked her to autograph the colouring pages as keepsake. As she did this, she told them to be on the beach of the resort at 4:30pm. We fly over the area around this time and she said she’d wave to them from the flight deck. Sure enough, as we were ascending into the sky, the FO looked down over the area to see two people jumping up and down on the beach. We pass over this region at a pretty low altitude. With the airport right near the resort and our flight path in its direction, we’d like to think that it really was them waving at us!

Our job as crew can be difficult, but these are the moments that make it all worthwhile. I hope this story leaves a smile on your face like it does mine and inspires you to chase your dreams too!

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