Inspirational Stories: Cabin Crew Turned Successful Entrepreneurs


International travel went into a halt as countries were closing their borders in the wake of the pandemic, making the aviation industry one of the hardest-hit businesses. Statistics show that 2020 was the worst year for airlines due to global lockdown, leading to many airlines deciding to cut some of their overhead costs and this includes their human resources. Bloomberg reported in February this year that about 40,000 airline workers have been laid off, furloughed or made redundant due to Covid-19. This number is expected to go up since another 14,000 are at risk of potential downsizing. 

Faced with an uncertain future, cabin crews across the world are urged to find new jobs or change careers altogether to sustain their lives. Whilst the options are literally limitless, some are choosing the path to become entrepreneurs. Today, we are covering the stories of cabin crews who decided to switch careers and tread their way to be successful entrepreneurs.

Muhammed - Durum Restaurant

Muhammad had been working as a Cabin Crew Supervisor for nine years until he was made redundant in the summer of 2020. At first, Muhammed was not so sure if there was still something for him after hanging up with the crew. This stagnation was going on for six months until he found his love back with his childhood wrap called Durum. 

Durum is a Turkish wrap with grilled meat and fresh vegetables inside. Muhammed saw the business opportunity when he found himself struggling to find a good Durum in Dubai. Encouraged by this experience, he finally opened his own Durum restaurant by the end of 2020.

“A small message to all the lovely crew, if you are dreaming it, work on it and make it happen. Don't wait!” You can visit Muhammed’s restaurant here.

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Keith - Virtual White Rabbit

Keith was a flight attendant for over four years when he suddenly got laid after the pandemic hit. At first, Keith was working as a personal assistant as a side job. However, he soon started to realize his knack for organization. He soon sensed an opportunity for business that could thrive in a travel-restricted, socially-distant world.

Keith started Virtual White Rabbit in late 2020. It is a platform where Keith and team offer their client virtual business assistants. From administrative support, tedious tasks, productivity, to payroll, invoicing and blogging, the business has almost everything for any business. Keith’s mission is to tailor his service accordingly to match each client’s needs and budget.

"I was inspired to create it because almost everyone I knew was contributing, somehow in their own special way, to the COVID-19 situation," said Keith to Forbes. You can connect with Keith through his LinkedIn here.


Zoé moved to Dubai from France when she decided to work with the Emirates. Before starting her own business, Zoé had been flying for seven years. In those years, alongside travelling the world, she also consequently became aware of the conditions of today’s environment and ecosystem. Thus, she felt responsible to take her part in preserving our planet.

In April 2020, Zoé started a sustainable swimwear brand called THE NEOD. Her swimwears is 100 percent sustainable, they are made out of recycled plastic waste and fishing nets that are harming the sea life.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Visit THE NEOD on Instagram here.

Feeling inspired yet? If you happen to face a career downturn, it is okay if you have not figured everything out, take your time before deciding your next step. But do not take too much time planning since the actual business only starts when you are doing it. Of course, becoming an entrepreneur is only one out of many options. If you feel like this is not the right call for you then please do consider the other options. At the end of the day, you want to love what you are doing, right?

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