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Bette Nash, longest-serving flight attendant with a Guinness World Record of almost 70 years in the sky, dead at 88

The longest-serving flight attendant who spent almost 70 years in the air – and has the Guinness World Record to show it – is dead, her airline mentioned Saturday. She was 88.

(*88*) Nash, who grew to become a stewardess throughout the Eisenhower Administration, died on May 17 in hospice care following a breast-cancer prognosis, ABC News reported.  

“Bette was a legend at American and throughout the industry, inspiring generations of flight attendants,” American Airlines mentioned in a social media publish. “Fly high, Bette. We’ll miss you.”

Flight attendant Bette Nash poses on a plane at Logan International Airport in Boston on Dec. 18, 2014. Nash, who was once named the world's longest-serving flight attendant, has died.(*70*)
Flight attendant (*88*) Nash poses on a aircraft at Logan International Airport in Boston on Dec. 18, 2014. AP

She was nonetheless employed by the provider at the time of dying, a firm spokesperson mentioned.

Nash began her ironwoman profession as a flight attendant when she was 21-years-old in 1957 as a member of now-defunct Eastern Airlines, based on the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.

The octogenarian ultimately was employed by American after it purchased out many of Eastern’s routes in the Nineteen Nineties.

“Bette’s remarkable career spanned over six decades, during which she touched countless lives with her warmth, dedication, and unparalleled service,” the APFA mentioned in a assertion.

“Her passion for flying and her commitment to her passengers were truly inspiring. Bette’s legacy will forever be remembered in the aviation community and by all who had the privilege of knowing her.”

Nash, who was once named the world's longest-serving flight attendant, has died.(*70*)
Nash, who was as soon as named the world’s longest-serving flight attendant, died on May 17 in hospice care following a breast most cancers prognosis. AFP/Getty Images

Guinness topped her the world’s longest-serving flight attendant in 2022, a title she nonetheless holds.

She told CNN in 2016 she knew from her first aircraft journey at 16 what she needed to do.

“I was sitting with my mother on a green leather couch at Washington [Reagan National Airport], and this crew came up from TWA,” she mentioned.

Nash started her ironwoman career as a flight attendant when she was 21-years-old in 1957 as a member of now-defunct Eastern Airlines(*70*)
Nash began her ironwoman profession as a flight attendant when she was 21 years outdated in 1957 when she joined the now-defunct Eastern Airlines. AFP/Getty Images

“The pilot and the flight attendant walked across the hall and I thought ‘oh my God,’ and I said that was for me.”

While she served lots of well-known fliers, together with Jackie Kennedy, she recalled as soon as serving to a man with disabilities earlier than the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted.

The man was initially left at the gate, however she refused to depart him behind, she told The Points Guy in 2019.

Nash rolled him to his seat and even fed him as a result of he couldn’t use his arms.  

“I love my people. I know my customers. I know what they want,” she informed CNN. “The airline thinks names are important, but I think people’s needs are very important. Everybody wants a little love.”

With Post wires

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