Pilots, flight attendants and other airline crew appear to lead a charmed life. Traveling around the world on a daily basis, their roles have been romanticized. Even if it’s not all glamour and fun, their career paths make for some interesting stories, and plenty of jaw-dropping photos. Plenty of aircrew post photos of their day and we love it! Instagram has actually emerged as a way to learn about the ups and downs of the airline industry. For snapshots of what goes on in the air, on the ground and around the globe at some of your favorite airlines, here are the 10 aircrew you should be following on Instagram.
Want some girl power in your Instagram feed? Maria Pettersson is a Swedish pilot for Ryanair, who really makes the pilot life look ultra-glam view from the cockpit. She’s super popular on Instragram. She’s has over 430,000 followers! She shares her flying experiences and is an advocate for more women in aviation. Just check out her recent feature in Elle photo shoot.
Bonus flight 🙌 (don’t you think ‘bonus flight’ sounds a lot better than ‘being called from standby’ 😆) I was scheduled as reserve today, which normally means cleaning and laundry for me, instead I was called to operate a short two sector day. Rome and back, I can’t complain, I was flying with a super nice Captain, got to watch the most beautiful sunset and we had smooth air for most of the flight. Happy Weekend! #friyay 🎉🎊
Airbus pilot Khalifa Al-Thani flies for Qatar Airways, and his photos are a mix of in-flight images, and the best of the best from his stops around the globe, from New York to San Francisco, London to Doha. He also posts photos of the other magnificent aircraft he spots on the job, so keep your eyes peeled for an array of other airlines.
Elisa is a flight attendant at Lufthansa. She posts a mix of work-related photos, but also images of her stops around the world, whether she’s lounging poolside in the Amwaj Islands, enjoying an In-N-Out burger in Dallas or strolling the streets of Prague.
Flying high✈️ #flightattendant #5oclockinthemorning #shorthaul #europe #berlin #copenhagen #brussels #paris #milano #prague #airbus #airbus321 #airbus320 #crew #crewlife #crewloveistruelove #flying #airhostess #work #traveller #uniform #happiness #travel #travelgram #cabincrew #ootd #aroundtheworld #globetrotter
A Hong Kong Airlines pilot, @Borneogeek appears to travel between various Asian destinations and the United States on both the Airbus A330 and the Boeing 747. He posts photos of the cockpit, views from the sky and lots of aircraft exteriors. However, he also shows pilot life from a first-person perspective, and always with witty and sarcastic comments that’ll leave you grinning.
Feels like yesterday; here’s a throwback to 7 years ago, RM and I disembarking after our transatlantic flight from Dallas to Brussels. I’d only been on the jumbo about a year at the time and had the pleasure of sharing the cockpit with two awesome pilots who would later become good friends. Incidentally, one of ’em snapped this pic. Thanks, @nexxster for this. Sure brings back some fond memories! #throwback #pilotlife #crewlife #jumbojet #jetsetter #b747 #b744 #sqcargo #boeing747 #boeinglovers #megaark #allinadayswork #avgeek #aviation #traveling #planespotting #boeingbrown #frequentflyer #freightdog #instaplane #instaaviation #instagramaviation #b747lovers #ebbr
It must be hard to balance a military and civilian pilot career. But somehow Troy manages to fly the amazing 787 Dreamliner and be an amazing photographer on the side. His subjects range from airplanes to nature to beautiful models.
Would love to be suiting up to go to my favorite airshow in the world right now….the @cleairshow ✈️🚁👍🏾. Unfortunately, this year lack of funding and airline pilot obligations prevent me from going. Yes, the #clevelandairshow is an amazing display of aviation l, but it’s the people who have become like family and the young fans that I’ll miss. Over the years I’ve seen some of these young enthusiasts go from fans to fighter pilots, airline pilots, and other aviation jobs. It’s an amazing source of pride in my career. 👍🏾💕 #comeflywithme #instagramaviation #megaplane ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ This photo appears in the official #cleveland Airshow website and show handout program guide this year. Thanks to pilot @hansel.scott as well 👍🏾 Cap and sponsored by @acerivington also follow @depolwatchco (not in photo) #acerivington #accesscampaign
Don’t stop now! We still have five more Instagram accounts for your to follow!