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Bette Nash, world’s longest-serving flight attendant, dies at 88

Written by on May 28, 2024

Bette Nash, the world’s longest-serving flight attendant, passed away at the age of 88. American Airlines announced her death, highlighting her nearly 70-year career dedicated to customer care. Nash began her career with Eastern Airlines in 1957 and continued with American Airlines after it acquired many of Eastern’s routes in 1990.

According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, Nash never officially retired and continued to inspire generations of flight attendants. She passed away on May 17 while in hospice care following a recent breast cancer diagnosis. Guinness World Records recognized Nash as the longest-serving flight attendant in 2022, acknowledging her 63 years and 61 days of service as of January 2021.

Nash’s passion for flying began at 16, inspired by seeing a flight crew at Washington Reagan National Airport. She pursued her dream career after graduating from college, leaving a lasting legacy in the aviation industry.

Source: AP News

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