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Airline makes East Ham teenager’s cabin crew dream come true

PUBLISHED: 14:37 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:59 24 November 2017

Majorie and Christabel at Heathrow Airport Picture: British Airways

Majorie and Christabel at Heathrow Airport Picture: British Airways

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An East Ham teenager who has battled cancer has seen her dream of becoming a member of plane cabin crew come true.

Majorie uses the plane's tannoy to speak to passengers Picture: British AirwaysMajorie uses the plane's tannoy to speak to passengers Picture: British Airways

Majorie Nakmulli-Mukiibi, who has recently finished a gruelling course of chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, took to the skies on a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Glasgow.

During that time, she told her mum about her desire to work at 30,000 feet, and from there charity Rays of Sunshine contacted the airline to set about making Majorie’s wish a reality.

The 13-year-old was treated to what she believed to be a day out with her siblings at Westfield London’s KidZania centre, when she was surprised by Christabel Bigwood, a member of British Airways cabin crew, who told a shocked Majorie that she would be joining her and the rest of the team on a flight later that day.

Christabel said: “I was honoured to play the part of fairy godmother for Majorie. I couldn’t be more proud of her and the way she conducted herself throughout the day.”

Majorie was whisked off to the airport where she was presented with her own cabin crew uniform - complete with name badge.

After boarding the plane with Christabel, Majorie demonstrated the safety routine to the flight’s 160 passengers, before helping the crew to serve meals and drinks.

Majorie Nakmulli-Mukiibi hands out food and drink Picture: British AirwaysMajorie Nakmulli-Mukiibi hands out food and drink Picture: British Airways

She said: “I’ve always wanted to be British Airways cabin crew, and my dream came true!

“From the moment I found out what was really going on, I couldn’t stop smiling, I was so excited. One of my favourite parts was serving food and drink to the customers. I’m really proud of all that I achieved.”

And the surprises didn’t stop when the flight landed in Scotland, either, as British Airways chief executive Alex Cruz presented Majorie with her wings - a badge worn by cabin crew when they graduate from training.

Majorie Nakmulli-Mukiibi gets her wings from British Airways chief executive Alex Cruz Picture: British AirwaysMajorie Nakmulli-Mukiibi gets her wings from British Airways chief executive Alex Cruz Picture: British Airways

He said: “I heard about the great service that Majorie gave our customers, and I believe she thoroughly deserved her wings.

“When she’s a bit older, and has considered what she’d like to do in life, we’d love to receive her application to be a fully-fledged member of British Airways cabin crew.”

Majorie’s mum, Juliet Nsonyiwa, added: “She was really, really excited. Of all the pain I used to see her going through, to see her with that smile feels really good.”


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