Flight attendants say good-bye | AspenTimes.com

Flight attendants say good-bye

Dear Editor:A time to say good-bye, not by Andrea Bocelli, but by all of the flight attendants who had served you flying in and out of Aspen/Snowmass. We all made so many friends over the years and knew many of you by name. A great big thank you goes out to all of you for allowing us to serve you on good and bad days. It was not always easy, but we took pride in our jobs and took good care of our passengers.After 25 years of serving as a United Express carrier, we are disappointed United has opted not to renew our contract. Safety was always our first priority and it always will be as we move on to commute to the East coast. We all leave so many wonderful memories behind and our lives will change forever as some will be forced to find new careers.I personally remember the times we served 50 passengers on a quick Convair 580 flight over the mountains – beer or wine for $1, drinks for $2, dancing through the aisles, balancing by holding onto seatbacks, serving donuts from Little Cliff’s Bakery with a smile at 5 a.m., and the very exciting life of a flight attendant – getting in late at night and ready to go again early the next morning.I also have memories of those beautiful mornings flying over the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, the light turbulence, so many of us disappointed when weather conditions in Aspen deteriorated and we were forced to return to Denver, the times we were snowed in for three days – that was when the good old buses picked you up at Stapleton or DIA for a long 5- to 6-hour trip to Aspen.Well, those certainly were the good old days. On April 17, the final Air Wisconsin/United Express BAE-146 flight will leave Aspen. It is so sad to say good-bye, but we will always remember you with fond memories. Auf wiedersehenLinde SchuttoffelWestminster

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