Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Heart-warming examples of airlines with father-daughter pilot teams


Captain Li Jinguo and his daughter Li Xin [Photo: Xinhua]
Captain Li Jinguo and his daughter Li Xin [Photo: Xinhua]
China Eastern Yunnan Airlines was placed under the global media spotlight this week, after two employees became the very first ‘father-daughter’ pilot team in the airline’s history.

Talk about keeping it in the family… Captain Li Jinguo and his daughter Li Xin worked together on a flight from Kunmin to Mangshi in Southwest China’s Yunnan province on 20th April 2013.

Interestingly, Li Xin initially wanted to become a flight attendant and even completed her training. However, her academic focus was later shifted to flight technology at the Civil Aviation Flight University of China. After three years of training, she became a pilot and managed to share this moment with her father.

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And while this might be the first ‘father-daughter’ pilot team for China Eastern Yunnan Airlines, other airlines have also boasted the same achievement in past years.

In fact, only last month, Kenya Airways’ Captain Mwangi (who has worked at the African carrier for 29 years) recently completed his first flight with daughter Emma as co-pilot. Check out a video below onboard their Boeing 747 below.



I’ve also found examples from last year, when Captain Antonio Halagueña and his youngest daughter Andrea flew together as captain and first officer on a ZestAir flight. The Captain has now retired and flew with his daughter for the first and last time on 14th February 2012.

Have you come across any other examples? Let me know by leaving a comment here or you can also get in touch on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ - I look forward to connecting with you!

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15 comments :

  1. I have heard this third hand (so requires confirmation), virgin Australia has a father son and daughter-in-law all working as pilots.

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  2. Rachel Bayles LaceyMay 8, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Now I'm all happy. How sweet. Thanks for posting.

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  3. AirAsia has a father and daughter pilots which are both captains.

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  4. I always thought that to be against wisdom...having blood relatives or near and dear ones sharing cockpit space. This comes in the way of task sharing during emergency situations.

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  5. Does such an exciting event worth the risk in it? Recent accident of South African Captain (in command with 8000+ hours) and his son (copilot) who crashed in the Zambian jungle. The poor family lost two at the same time, father and son. May God bless the soul of captain Brian and his son.

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  6. This nonetheless is such a warm and indeed rare occurrence in an airline. Well, this is a pretty common sight of course in training institutions, eg flying schools since its usually parents' professions that serve as an inspiration.

    Guess what, in life its a lot easier for a professional's kids to pursue the same occupation as their parents because mentoring, advice, guidance, relevant literature and tips is usually all free. Part of parental love.

    Whereas with the less fortunate ones, there is always a price-tag to each one of the fore mentioned items. In a nutshell this is great. Every parent wants the best for his child, so info flow to her from dad is ungoverned in fact its mega.

    Even if the dad might claim all glory for himself when his daughter shines, but I think what matters the most is that heightened measure of safety that the general public and her passengers enjoy.

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  7. Wow, I must say, apart from anything else, this must be such a proud moment for the fathers. Cheers for them.

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  8. A gal from my hire class had a father who was a check airman with us. They flew together and it made the local paper.

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  9. I was thinking, when I first saw this story, that the father/ daughter dynamic, would cause conflict. But I can see that the experience of the captain, and the training of the first officer, override family relationships in the cockpit.

    And it was easy to understand how some would think she was there solely because her dad was Captain. But she couldn't have ever been there, if she had failed in her training to become a pilot, which included a college degree.

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  10. Indeed its an honour for both father and daughter.

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  11. I loved watching the video from the father-daughter team at Kenya Airways.

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  12. Philip St. HillMay 9, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Capt Jim Duggan and his daughter Aoife Duggan were A320 father/daughter team in Tiger Airways in Singapore almost 4 years ago!

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  13. Stephen K DavionMay 10, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    That will be a good team ... :-)

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  14. I love the idea that my 2 year old daughter and I may fly together as a crew someday!

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  15. At Cebu Pacific, a captain flew with his son on his last flight.

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