A new global radio station exclusively for airline crew takes off on May 25 with the ‘virtual’ launch of CCFM On Air.
For the first time ever 100,000 cabin crew and their aviation colleagues will have their own dedicated radio station that can be accessed 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week on their mobile devices anywhere in the world.
CCFM On Air is the brainchild of current serving stewardess Deborah Henley and former purser and radio veteran Del Wilden.
They agreed that during the Coronavirus lockdown, and the uncertainty about the future shape of the aviation industry, the crew community need each other more than ever.
Said Deborah: “These are such worrying and lonely times for everyone but particularly for airline staff who find themselves stuck at home, depending on social media for daily contact when they would much rather be at work chatting to customers and colleagues.
“I have long believed that the crew community need their own radio station that is internet based, brings them closer together and talks their language. Now just seemed the perfect time to launch as so many people are worried about their job security. We will be advertising any new cabin crew job opportunities first on our radio station.”
Deborah and Del have already enlisted the help of guest presenters and contributors including former Heartbeat actress Tricia Penrose, Leo Jones, star of the popular easyJet reality TV show Airline, Emma Kenny, from ITV’s This Morning family and support team and local radio presenter Marc Johnson.
Del, currently a presenter on Radio Wirral, said: “We have a strong and enthusiastic team working together and I am certain CCFM On Air will be welcomed by my colleagues around the world. It’s a great way of keeping in touch and sharing music, laughter and any anxieties or problems we may have. Although it is aimed at cabin crew primarily of course people from every part of the airline industry are welcome to join in as we are one big aviation family.
“There are 100,000 cabin crew worldwide and if they each ask 10 people to tune in on day one that’s at least one million listeners for the launch programme!”