A 90-year-old great-grandfather fulfilled a life-long ambition when he took to the skies for his first-ever flight.
Malcolm Shedlow made a memory to cherish forever after flying from Leeds Bradford Airport with his family with Jet2.com to visit his son in Dordogne, France.
Malcolm said: ‘I was fast-tracked through the airport and treated like a celebrity!’
He added: ‘Jet2.com’s team could not have been more helpful or friendly, and they made the whole flying experience seamless.’
Once aboard the aircraft, Malcolm said the cabin crew ‘were very attentive and reassured me I was in very capable hands’.
Malcolm Shedlow fulfilled a life-long ambition by boarding a flight for the first time at age 90. The great-grandfather flew to France with Jet2.com. He is pictured above in the cockpit
Upon landing in France, Malcolm’s granddaughter informed cabin crew member Tina Murphy that it was his first ever time flying.
To help make the occasion even more special, Tina presented Malcolm with one of the airline’s First Flight Club certificates as a keepsake and arranged for him to visit the flight deck and have his picture taken.
His daughter, Claire Baskind, said: ‘We’re so delighted that my dad had such a positive experience on his first flight in 90 years! It was such a joy to see the pictures and to hear how much he enjoyed his experience.
‘Meeting the pilot and being asked to sit in the cockpit was an absolute highlight that our family will treasure forever. Thank you to the Jet2.com staff for making it so special for him.’
Malcolm was presented with a ‘First Flight Club’ certificate by cabin crew member Tina Murphy (pictured right)
Malcolm is a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather and was married to his late wife Lena Shedlow for nearly 60 years. The two are pictured above on their wedding day
Malcolm has four children, ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one more on the way.
The devoted family man was married to Lena Shedlow, who passed away a month before their 60th wedding anniversary.
Although Malcolm has never taken to the skies before, his first experience with aircraft dates back 70 years to his service in the RAF.
Malcolm contributed towards the peacetime conscription following World War II by completing clerical duties during his National Service call-up.
‘My work helped to keep the pilots flying, yet I never went in a plane myself. But that has all changed now thanks to Jet2.com!’ he explained.
‘I really enjoyed the flight – it was an incredible experience. I look forward to flying with Jet2.com again next year as they have whetted my appetite for flying. I certainly won’t be waiting another 90 years to take my second flight!’
He added: ‘If Jet2.com needs any more pilots, Captain Malcolm is available!’
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Malcolm said his flight to France was an ‘incredible experience’ and said he looks forward to flying with Jet2.com again. Above is a stock photo of a Jet2.com 737
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