Meet the Crew
Have you ever wondered who is flying the plane when you travel on SA Express? Or wanted to know more about what a job as a cabin crew member is like? Well, now’s your chance! Every month we will introduce a few members of our SA Express family, because by getting to know them, you become part of the SA Express family too.
What do you believe is the most important skill required by a member of the SA Express cabin crew?
Handling a situation. Each flight is unique and you never know what situation you will be faced with on a particular sector. As a crew member I feel it is essential to be equipped with sufficient problem-solving skills.
Why did you choose this career out of many others?
I’ve always been fascinated by aircraft and still am. I really wanted to feed that desire and I’m a people person, so it’s interesting dealing with over 200 passengers each day.
What do you find most challenging about what you do?
Waking up at 03h00 for a 05h00 sign-on. I’m sure most of my colleagues would agree!
Why do you like working for SA Express?
I love the work schedule as it really allows me to lead a balanced life.
What languages do you speak?
English and Afrikaans.
What are your interests?
I love writing. I write for an online magazine called The Vibeza (thevibeza.com). I’m in charge of the lifestyle section.
What would people find surprising about your job?
We go through intense and recurrent training every year so that we remain equipped to safely evacuate passengers in case of an emergency.
have you ever had any funny or interesting encounters in your job?
I was once pranked in a Leon Schuster movie and a passenger recognised me and told me that I helped their family have an uncomfortable conversation and overcome a particular challenge because of that. She took a picture with me and gave me such a warm hug and said, “Thank you for being you.” It really touched me.
If you were an animal, which one would you choose?
A bird, so that I can migrate from time to time.
What are the words of wisdom that you live by?
May I never forget, on my best day, that I need God as desperately as I did on my worst day.
Dane Smith Cabin Crew Length of Service With SA Express: Nine months