Woman with local ties is part of historic flight
Robinson was one of 12 flight crew members selected by United Airlines to fly in the 787 Dreamliner from the Boeing Field in Everett, Wash., outside Seattle back to United Airlines headquarters in Chicago. She was chosen for the company’s first flight on the new commercial airplane from among 40,000 flight attendants.
She attended a United Airlines celebration and ceremony on Nov. 13-15 to commemorate the first North American airline to take delivery of the Dreamliner built by Boeing.
Robinson has worked as an international flight attendant for United Airlines for 16 years and is based in Newark, N.J. and New York. She has relatives in Gaffney and currently lives in Spartanburg.
“It was truly an honor to represent my company,” Robinson said. “It was a great and amazing experience to be able to make history for my company and the aviation industry.”
Robinson attended a dinner ceremony with the United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek along with top executives from the airline and Boeing. She participated in a signing and delivery ceremony where Boeing officially turned over ownership of the new aircraft.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first commercial jetliner made primarily of advanced composite materials. Boeing fabricates and assembles the midbody and aft body sections for all Dreamliners at its North Charleston facility in South Carolina.
The Dreamliner offers new passenger comfort features such as cleaner air, a lower cabin altitude, bigger windows that dim electronically, and more overhead storage space. Passengers receive more oxygen within the cabin during flights in an effort to reduce travel fatigue.
“The aircraft has stateof the-art features to make traveling more comfortable for passengers,” Robinson said.
During last month’s celebration event, Robinson was a guest on a behindthe scenes tour of the Boeing facility where the final aircraft is built and assembled in Everett, Wash.
United Airlines has taken delivery of three Dreamliners to date. The aircrafts will be flown on some domestic routes, but primarily will be used on international flights.
Robinson enjoyed her first flight aboard the 787 Dreamliner and is looking forward to serving passengers as they experience travel aboard the latest commercial airplane made by Boeing.
“It has been a great experience to be able to travel to so many places around the world,” Robinson said. “I enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and learn about different cultures in my job as a flight attendant.”