The World’s First Flight Attendant: 1912

In March, 1912, Heinrich Kubis of the German airline DELAG became the first flight attendant in history.

Heinrich Kubis serving passengers aboard LZ-120

Kubis began working as an air steward one month before the sinking of the Titanic, and more than 18 years before Ellen Church became the world’s first stewardess on May 15, 1930.

Kubis did not work on a fixed-wing airplane, because there were no fixed-wing airliners large enough to carry a steward at that time; he worked on a passenger zeppelin, and would continue serving airship passengers for the next 25 years.



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