Happy Wednesday everyone! Hope you’re enjoying this betwixmas period!
Today I’m sharing my review of Above And Beyond by Saskia Swann and Nicola Stow. I read this back in November and never got round to reviewing it but as we are rapidly heading to the end of the year, I decided I needed to get it posted!
Brace yourself for a turbulent read in this hilarious and scandalous memoir, filled with shocking true stories that give a rare insight into life behind the scenes of a private jet’s cabin crew.
Heavily in debt, and earning peanuts as a ‘trolley dolly’, Saskia Swann desperately needed to get her life back on track. After a chance meeting, she landed a job as cabin crew – but this time on a private jet.
Suddenly, she found herself transported into the glittering world of oligarchs and billionaires where the hostesses wear Prada, seven-course meals are served on fine china, the bodyguards carry guns, and the mile-high shenanigans not only take place in luxury cabins, but in the cockpit itself.
Saskia soon realised that the job wasn’t quite what it seemed; her billionaire boss expected far more from his hostesses than just cocktails and nibbles…
In this gripping exposé, Saskia Swann pulls back the first-class curtain on the lifestyles of the mega-rich and famous.
What Did I Think?
It never occurred to me that there was such a vocation as a member of a private cabin crew. It makes sense when I thought about it having seen them on private jets in movies. So welcome to Saskia’s world!
The step from airline cabin crew to going private seems an obvious one but it also seems a difficult one. The recruitment process appears to be secretive and more about who you know, or meet in Saskia’s case. A chance meeting in a London bar, gets her that life changing interview and subsequent trial period on Pavel’s jet.
Swann’s experience was a real eye opener. The life of the rich is imaginable but this was something different and at times sordid. How much of what Swann writes is a-typical for a private flight attendant, I don’t know. Maybe she was unlucky with Pavel as an employer?
I enjoyed my trip in to the world of corporate cabin crew life. Above and Beyond was a fascinating read into what seems to be a glamorous sexy lifestyle, travelling the world at someone else’s cost but that lifestyle comes at a price. Meticulous cleaning, plans changed at the drop of a hat, never home for long. A intriguing insight into a different world!
Who are Saskia Swann and Nicola Stow?
Saskia Swann worked for six years for one of the world’s leading airlines before becoming a corporate flight attendant on private jets. Her work in the skies has seen her catering for the varied – and often preposterous – needs of the world’s richest folk, from Saudi princes and Russian oligarchs to bankers, oil barons, famous rock stars and Hollywood celebrities. Saskia still works as a private flight attendant and lives, debt-free, outside London.
Nicola Stow has been a journalist for more than 20 years working for leading newspapers and magazines. She is the bestselling co-author of four books, including ‘Cabin Fever: The Sizzling Secrets of a Virgin Air Hostess‘ by Mandy Smith.