OK, so what about Covid-19?
Hey! Laura here - founder of Tides & Tailwinds/former superyacht chief stew/current private jet flight attendant. What strange times we’re in, eh? Over the course of just a couple months, a lethal virus has essentially infected the entire world. Countries closed borders, planes became grounded, hotels and restaurants shut down, and the service, hospitality, and tourism industries have all essentially evaporated. I remain on a private jet flight team, but haven’t actually flown on my aircraft since early March.
When catching up with old friends and acquaintances, one of the first things I get asked is “Is your job ok?” ..Actually YES. Fortunately for myself and most others in these industries, our jobs remain safe.
Sounds far-fetched, right? Especially when you consider that the work of a private jet flight attendant and superyacht stew are essentially a combination of service, hospitality, and travel - the hardest hit jobs by the pandemic. Let me explain. Even in the case of economic downturn, the people and entities we work for and receive our paychecks from don’t feel the detrimental effects of the economy the way lower/middle/middle-upper class does. A multi-billionaire who loses half their fortune is STILL a multibillionaire. And you can bet all your money that they’re going to use their fortunes to protect themselves and their families from a global pandemic. This means they’re more likely to avoid public transport, travel and spaces… keeping most of our jobs on sterile private jets and superyachts secure and in-check through all of it.
In fact, the superyacht industry in the US is gearing up for a VERY busy summer, with increased charter demand from high net worth individuals who’ve been stuck in lock-down like the rest of us. The private jet industry is coming back a bit slower, but those of us on full-time flight teams are on the whole, still employed and prepping for a hectic autumn. The rich and famous will no doubt be flying and chartering private until there’s a solid vaccine and business moguls will have a LOT of economic strategy meetings to make up for as we come out of this lockdown.
So to summarize, as things start to normalize in the world again, these industries are going to be the first in the travel spectrum getting back to routine. Don’t be discouraged by the struggles of similar entities like commercial airlines and cruise ships.. we’re going to be just fine - if not BUSIER than before. While I don’t suggest immediately jumping into your job hunt - wait a bit longer until the world truly starts moving again and there’s increased demand - I also don’t discourage you from beginning to plan your career transition. In your guides, we stress the importance of taking the time to strategize and set yourself up for success before embarking on your new career on superyachts & private jets, and NOW is the perfect time to do exactly that.
For more info on Covid-19 and these industries, check out some our recent blog posts. As always, we're here to address any questions or concerns you may have. Reach out any time through our contact form or email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.