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 ????????
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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Don’t stop now! We still have five more Instagram accounts for your to follow!
Marius, a Norway-based SAS pilot who could have a second career as a photographer. He captures his aircraft from nearly every angle, showing you the parts of the plane you’d never dream of seeing as a mere passenger. If you’re looking for all aviation and hope to learn a few things about the Boeing 737 he flies, this is one of your best bets.
I’ve been flying around northern Norway all morning. In weather like this it’s been amazing. ✈️???????????????????????? #b737 #boeing #boeinglovers #ella #avgeek #airport #aircraft #airlines #aviation #cockpit #flying #flightdeck #instagramaviation #bertazertyplanes #megaplane
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We can’t leave out the US domestic crews! You need to follow Delta flight attendant Meghan. Catch her in-flight and on-the-ground shots from so many airports around the country, from Nashville to Detroit, LAX to Seattle. She doesn’t try to over-glamorize the flight attendant life, but she does make it look super-fun!
hey y’all! I’m in awe and totally flattered @thepointsguy featured me in a post! ❤️ . If you’re new to my page, welcome and thanks for following! my name is Meghan and I love sharing my flight attendant life through pictures. ???? . I’m new to the LA base and area so I’m still finding my way here! My flights are certainly not as glamorous as they were in NYC but I hope you enjoy the ups and downs of the #flightattendantlife through my lens ✈️ #letsgoplaces
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Dream of being a pilot one day? Joe, a pilot for Air Berlin, mixes pilot life with inspirational quotes set against beautiful aircraft shots. What we like about Captain Joe is that he’s always positive about the aviation industry and his job. He even mixes in a few tidbits of avgeek knowledge in his posts.
✅Pilot Goal✅ Who would have ever thought how far this little project of mine will take me. Getting invited by the Brooklands museum the birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation was a huge honour,but then letting me record in the simulator and the actual plane, no words to describe???? A rush of emotions as I put my hands on the controls of this engineering masterpiece???? I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s second episode! Have a nice day, all the best Joe???? #Concorde #simulator #cockpit #brooklands #museum #england #UK #pilotgoals #picoftheday #bestoftheday #bestjobintheworld #happy #honoured #pilot #selfie #aviation #history #britishairways
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Another female pilot, Christa works for KLM, making frequent trips to picturesque destinations in the Caribbean. However, you’ll find her a little bit of everywhere, from Vancouver to the Alps to Tokyo. Plus, when she’s not flying, she’s enjoying a pretty active lifestyle, which she also documents.
Throwback to Bonaire! ☀️Let’s clean this beauty. Captain needs to see the centerline, is my wild guess????????. For those of you scared that I’m about to make ugly scratches on the window: NOPE ⛔️I got the correct cleaning cloth, and just helped our maintenance guy out????????. He is drinking a well deserved Cola at this moment ????. #onlyoneweekbeforeanotherBonaireagain #donewiththeholidays #andstandbyduty #needaltitudeagain #andspeed #lifeisbetterfromabove #youcanttaketheskyfromme #pilotlife #femalepilot #KLM #A330 #Bonaire
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He might not have a ton of followers yet, but he should! Bryan is a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines. A former 717 pilot, he now flies the mighty Airbus A330 from Honolulu to destinations across the pacific. I’m pretty sure Bryan has the best job in the airline industry. He flies a beautiful jet and lives in paradise!
First trip, finally! I had to wait a few weeks for check airman availability. I did my first ocean crossing and landing at Las Vegas in the A330. She lands much better than the simulator! ???? oh yeah, new year, new me! My new Instagram name is @hilobusdrivah
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This Airbus captain flies for Air Arabia, and posts some gorgeous shots of not only his travels around the Middle East, but also the interior of the cockpit, runways and everything in between. Plus, all his photos are paired with an inspiring quote.
Hello my friends, I haven’t been posting as usual lately, my last two weeks were hectic, flying almost every single day. • After two very busy months I can finally relax for two weeks and disconnect a bit from aviation and get the chance to rest and recover properly somewhere around the World✌???? • Enjoy your sunday my friends and stay safe????????❤️ • Can you guess which country I’ll be visiting this time? • ????: @knxposures #vacation #resttime
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