A TEENAGER is flying high after becoming one of the youngest cabin crew members in the country to gain her wings.
Samantha Dixon beat competition from 17,000 hopefuls to clinch one of 40 jobs with British Airways.
At just 18, Samantha is now one of the leading airline’s youngest members of staff and is operating out of Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports.
The former Oxclose Academy pupil, from Linnet Close, Ayton, Washington, said she was stunned when she got offered the highly-sought-after job.
She said: “I really still can’t believe it. They told me 17,000 people had applied so I was really lucky just to get through to the interview stage.”
Samantha was offered a job on the condition she complete the six-week gruelling training, which she did with flying colours.
What better way of travelling the world and getting paid for it than working for an airline?Samantha Dixon
The talented musician studied travel and tourism at Gateshead College for a year after leaving school, before joining Newcastle College, which has a training centre at Newcastle Airport.
It was there that she saw the advert that British Airways was recruiting and decided to give it a go as she had nothing to lose.
She said: “I have always loved travelling and going on holiday when I was younger and knew I wanted to see the world one day, so what better way of travelling the world and getting paid for it than working for an airline?
“It was really daunting moving to London at first to work at Heathrow, but I have made loads of friends and I am used to it now.”
Samantha said her friends are all supportive of her new role as a ‘trolley dolly’ and are loving her smart navy uniform with hat, white shirt and red cravat.
She said: “A couple of years ago I would never have thought I would be doing this now, I thought I was going to be a music teacher or something like that.
“But, I love what I am doing now and definitely want to stay with the company, it is a great one to work for.”
Proud dad, Brian Harris, 67, said the family was shocked when they found out Samantha had applied for a job with BA, but were thrilled when news came through she had been successful.
He said: “She was doing well with the college at the airport and was asked to be an ambassador for BA, meeting and greeting people.
“We didn’t know she had applied for a job, and her mum went with her to London for the interview.
“We are absolutely delighted, really, really proud of her, she has done so well.”