Union Hall's Sophia proud to get her new Virgin Atlantic air wings

June 17th, 2016 4:25 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

Sophia, after getting her wings.

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A UNION Hall woman has just received her ‘wings’ having qualified for her dream job – as Virgin Atlantic cabin crew.

Sophia Breitkopf, (28), a former pupil of St Michael’s School in Rosscarbery studied travel and tourism at St John’s College in Cork, before taking on a six-week training course for her new role.

Sophia told The Southern Star that the training course, in Crawley in the UK, was by far her biggest challenge to date. It involved training in fire fighting, flight medical care, safety, security, evacuation drills, and pilot incapacitation.

Her mum Maria and friend Adele Kershaw attended the Wings Ceremony at the Virgin Atlantic training school and Sophia said she was delighted to be proudly wearing the Vivienne Westwood-designed red uniform.

Already she has travelled to New York, San Francisco, Orlando, Chicago, Boston and LA and her next trip is to Vegas. She is licensed to fly on A330-600s, A340-600s and Boeing 747s.

Sophia previously worked as receptionist at Casey’s of Baltimore, and was also the front office manager at the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen. She also spent time as a legal secretary at McCarthy’s solicitors in Clonakilty and is a fully qualified therapist in deep tissue massage and physical sports injuries. 

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