New Trans States Flight Attendant Follows Her Mother’s Career Path

Growing up, Lauren Allsup knew the career path she wanted to pursue from seeing her mother, Karen Allsup go to work everyday as a flight attendant with Trans World Airlines. Her mother’s strong work ethic and genuine passion for impacting others’ lives through excellent customer service is where her inspiration stems from. Read more to learn how Lauren’s mother inspires her career path and the advice her mother gives her to have a fulfilling and lasting career.

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Karen Allsup pins her daughter, Lauren Allsup’s flight attendant wings on her.

“When I was younger I noticed the twinkle, my mother had in her eyes, and the big grin across her face before leaving for work. She had a genuine glow that showed me that being a flight attendant wasn’t just a job for her, but it was what she loved,” Lauren said. “Once she put on her uniform she stood a little taller and made it her mission to always treat others with respect and dignity. Seeing her possess all of those great traits in her position showed me what it means to have a truly meaningful career.”

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Lauren and her classmates at their flight attendant graduation.

Choosing the right airline to fly for can be challenging for some, but for Lauren the decision was easy. Lauren saw how friendly and welcoming Trans States’ flight attendant recruiters were, which led her to work with the airline.

“I chose to work with Trans States because it was close to home, and I knew it would be a great start into my career. Trans States offers everything I look for in a career and more. This company truly feels like a family.” Lauren said.

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Lauren and some of her classmates at their graduation.

Trans States flight attendants complete training for six-weeks at our Flight Attendant Training Center in St. Louis, MO. During the training, candidates are expected to pass a hands-on evaluation on the Embraer-145 aircraft, along with other tests.

“Trans States’ Flight Attendant Training Program was challenging, but very helpful and informative. I did exceptional through the training program because of my excellent instructor Kim and my classmates, who all served as a great support system for me,” Lauren said.

With more than 15-years of experience as a flight attendant, Karen has a wealth of knowledge to give to her daughter to succeed in the aviation industry. One piece of advice from her mother that Lauren lives by is to always smile!

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Karen Allsup was a flight attendant with Trans World Airlines for 15 years.

“My mother told me to always smile even in difficult situations. The situation may appear hard, but in the long run you will get through it.” Lauren said. “Some things won’t always come easy, but it’s important to take a deep breath and know that you will conquer it!” Lauren said.

Visit the Trans States website for more information on flight attendant careers: https://bit.ly/2Gh8xaS

 

Former Trans States First Officer Credits Training for Rewarding Aviation Career

Trans States’ incredible First Officer training program provides pilots with the experience and knowledge they need to launch lasting flying careers.  Former Trans States First Officer, Captain Elyse Swedberg is now the Denver-based Chief Pilot with Frontier Airlines. She credits our First Officer training footprint as a valuable foundation, setting the tone for her current role with Frontier. Read more below to learn why Captain Swedberg chose commercial aviation as her career path, what she loves about Trans States’ company culture, and the advice she gives to young aviators.

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Frontier Airlines Denver-based Chief Pilot, Captain Elyse Swedberg.

Tell us what prompted your initial desire to fly.

After my fiance was killed in a tragic accident, I decided to pursue a career I never imagined I could do. I embarked on a career in commercial airline aviation because it was different from other careers I worked in and I knew it would provide me with a rewarding career path.

How did you begin your flying career?

Before I started flying I got my Real Estate Brokers license at 18 and sold real estate for several years. After my life took an unexpected turn, I started flying as a Flight Attendant with two different regional airlines.

What made Trans States stand out to you as you were choosing a regional airline?

I went to a job fair in Las Vegas, and Trans States recruiters sold me! Of all the regional airlines there, they were the only ones who really seemed to care and give me the time of day. People make the airline, that is 100% true with Trans States.

Describe your training experience with Trans States Airlines.

Trans States has an amazing training program. The instructors are so knowledgeable and love to share that knowledge with their students! They are very supportive and encouraging, yet they also expect a lot out of you because they want the best for you. Instructors want to make sure that when you go on the line, you are not just going to succeed with Trans States, but throughout your entire career.

How do you feel the Trans States Airlines training has prepared you for your career with Frontier?

Trans States provided me with all of the tools that are needed to become a pilot in the 121 industry. They prepared me to operate a jet in the most safe and efficient manner possible. The training also showed me how to use the resources at my disposal to accomplish the task at hand.

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Captain Swedberg in front of the Frontier Airlines airplane.

What advice would you share with young pilots?

The advice I give to younger pilots is to chase after your dreams, because there’s no limit to what you can achieve. You start out as a First Officer and can eventually become a Chief Pilot, but it’s all dependent upon you working hard to get to that point. All of your hard work will pay off in the end!

 

 

Helping Our Passengers and Pets: How Steve Thomas Went Above & Beyond

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Zoey the Seeing Eye Dog on the flight with her owner from Chicago to Colorado Springs.

A visually-impaired customer was waiting to board her flight from Chicago to Colorado Springs when her seeing eye dog, Zoe, became ill. Trans States ORD Base Manager, Stephen Thomas graciously stepped in to make the customer’s trip a positive experience. Read the customer compliment below:

When something or someone goes out of their way to make a positive impact, I have to share!

During a 30-minute layover from Chicago to Colorado, my dog Zoe became ill while guiding me to the gate. After TSA explained the procedure for cleaning up after Zoe, I was certain that we’d missed our flight. We were informed when we got to the gate that our flight was delayed. With more time on our hands, I thought it was a good idea to take Zoe to pet relief.

Upon our journey to the pet relief area, I realized that it was outside of security. I asked a gentleman coming off the escalator to confirm if the area was indeed outside of security. Stephen Thomas introduced himself and confirmed that it was. Because I wasn’t authorized to go outside of security, Steve took it upon himself to take Zoe to pet relief for me! When Steve and Zoe returned, he informed me that our plane would be boarding soon. We quickly placed Zoe’s harness back on and Steve escorted me all the way to my seat. He also gave me his telephone number and told me to call him anytime I am in O’Hare.

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Trans States ORD Base Manager Stephen Thomas.

Zoe and I have had our share of bad experiences while flying, but this was the opposite. In this exceptional circumstance when Zoe was sick, and we had a very tight connection, Steve made quite the difference. He really did not have time to do this, but he wanted to make sure it happened. He never treated me with pity as a blind person or grabbed my arm as Zoe was guiding (which so often happens in airports)! He just wanted me to make sure I didn’t miss my flight! 

Kudos to Steve for a job well done!

Finding Love on the Line: Trans States Captain and Flight Attendant Take Engagement Photos in the Hangar

Captain Thomas Thai and Flight Attendant Emily Breeden met four years ago in the Trans States crew room, so it was only right to take their engagement photos with the Embraer 145 that brought them together.

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Trans States Flight Attendant Emily Breeden and her fiance, Captain Thomas Thai.

“I taught Emily how to bid on flights so that she could arrange the best possible schedule,” Captain Thai said. “I enjoyed teaching her how to bid and sharing information about the company, while getting to know her in the process.”

Emily appreciated Captain Thai’s effort and willingness to share his knowledge. While the couple was initially captivated by each other, they took their time to enjoy a working relationship. After many trips flying together, their chemistry grew.

“I thought he was handsome and very charming. He knew how to keep the conversation interesting, and he was a great teacher,” Emily said.

Captain Thai confessed his love and asked for Emily’s hand in marriage on Christmas Day last year in front of their family and friends.

“I immediately said yes when Thomas proposed,” Emily said. “Of course, I want to spend the rest of my life with him. He’s such a loving and very caring person. I couldn’t ask for a better soulmate.”

When asked about the working dynamic, the pair agreed that it was quite enjoyable to work and travel together.

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Trans States Captain Thomas Thai and Flight Attendant Emily Breeden take engagement photos in the hangar.

“It’s really nice to work together, because we don’t have to miss each other as much while we’re away. We enjoy the quality time together while working with a great company,” Captain Thai said.

The couple’s wedding is set for May 12, 2019 on Mother’s Day in Baltimore, Maryland.  Join us in congratulating Captain Thai and Emily Breeden and wishing them a joyous marriage.

Trans States Pilots Visit Japan to Test New Mitsubishi Regional Jet

As the domestic launch customer for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), Trans States will be the first U.S. airline to fly this innovative new aircraft.  With the delivery date inching closer, Trans States Manager of Flight Operations Training, Captain Les Hock, and Line Check Airman Richard Vellinga, recently visited Japan to perform a human factors evaluation on the MRJ.

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Captain Richard Vellinga and Captain Les Hock in the Mitsubishi Regional Jet simulator.

“A human factors evaluation is required in the certification process on any new aircraft,” Captain Hock explained. “After the manufacturer comes up with the design, how the aircraft will be laid out, and how the systems will interact, line pilots are brought in to make sure that pilots can safely and comfortably fly the aircraft.”

While in Japan, Captain Hock and Captain Vellinga ran through various scenarios testing the aircraft features and flight deck layout, including the distance to vital controls. They also evaluated flight displays to ensure that information was clear, accessible, and accurate.

“Trans States pilots will love this jet,” Captain Hock enthused.  “It has the absolute latest in avionics, including all the advanced automation you’d find in large Boeing or Airbus aircraft. It will truly prepare pilots for the majors, because they’ll gain experience with state-of-the-art operating systems.”

Passengers will also love the new MRJ. With a significantly wider and taller cabin than any other regional jet currently on the market, the MRJ was designed with passenger comfort in mind.  The aircraft will be also be exceptionally quiet.  Following a recent flyover, The Seattle Times reported that spectators couldn’t hear the MRJ at all until it passed directly overhead.

“There’s no doubt that the new MRJ has superior technology,” Captain Hock added.  “It’s truly an optimized design that is engineered to work best for our pilots, passengers and the Trans States operation.”

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For more information about the MRJ, click here: https://bit.ly/2KeS6CM.