I had the pleasure to meet Ingi Murtaza, one of our tatar ladies, an extremely ambitious and determined woman. She left Mangalia for the Middle East years ago, to pursue a dream, a dream come true.
Ingi confessed that “the period at Qatar Airways was very nice, with ups and downs only in her personal life, because on a professional level she could only ascend or promote. There are many beautiful memories, many colleagues I still remember with pleasure, that I continue to stay in touch with, even after so many years, and adventures around the world for which I have been paid for by the company. I engaged in the promo campaigns, organized by the company, also and not a day has passed without me celebrating everything we achieved there. I am proud to have been part of a of 5-star team! The recruitment interview was a standardised one not at all different from other airline company interviews. There are various aspects recruiters take into consideration and it’s very interesting. I remember that at the final interview, because of having curly hair, I was asked if there was any problem for me to straighten and maintain it so, which did not bother me a bit. “
Ingi was famous among the other flight attendants for being a very serious girl who was strictly following the rules. Although most of the cabin crew members, after landing, only have in mind what they should do at home or where to go shopping, Ingi told us that, in fact, she was always repeating the rules and commands to be followed in case of emergency. “It was a must for the company and it was something that was part of me and my work as a flight attendant, for me to always be prepared for unexpected incidents.”
Speaking of dangerous situations, she has had a few. “In almost 5 years at Qatar Airways, I may already be considered a dinosaur there because of my seniority 😉 of course you get a chance to go through different situations, either in Doha or abroad, but these situations always ended well, thanks to our quality training and we, the crew, have always taken the right decisions. It is in moments like these that we demonstrate that we, flight attendants, are brave individuals, you cannot afford be otherwise! “
After 5 years she chose to return home out of personal reasons and worked for two years for Wizz Air in Romania. She became, Cabin Service Manager, the same position she used to have while working for Qatar Airways. She regretted resigning from Qatar Airways, as she could not get used to working for a low cost company and confessed that, if she could, she would willingly trade her working experience with Wizz Air for the 5-star experience in Qatar.
Her overall perception about her work at a low cost flying company made her apply for a position at Emirates Airlines as ground staff. “I honestly did not know if I’ll be called for an interview and if I’ll be accepted. I became a supervisor at First and Business Class Lounges at the airport in DXB (Dubai), taking care of my colleagues whom I assist, guiding them in different situations. Ground work is not much different from working on a plane and I can say now that I have a complete picture of a passenger who leaves from point A and arrives at point B passing through the airport, flying and arriving to another airport in some other place of the world . It’s a beautiful job, different even as a way of life from the one of a flight attendant, but not as well paid as the latter. “
When she misses the flying part, she says for her it’s not a problem: “I simply watch the Emirates airplanes and it’s all gone; I also think that, for as long as I used to fly, there wasn’t something or someone stable in my life, and now it’s different, I can have a personal, normal life, I can marry and have children without the restrictions imposed by flying. Now I can see the advantages and disadvantages of both jobs, the ups and downs, the differences and the similarities, what is worth and what isn’t. “
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