Working at Delta can be a family affair. Father’s Day makes that clear.
To mark the day, Delta News Hub talked about working together at Delta with two father-son tandems. For both, it’s been a special experience.
Mark B. and his son, Ryan
At the Bradley household, the day is genuine and heartfelt.
“Father's Day is generally a big breakfast or lunch – taking dad out wherever he wants to go,” said Ryan B., an MD-88 First Officer who’s been with Delta since March 2014. “We never really do big gifts. It’s more about just thanking him for always being there.”
Ryan said his dad, Mark, Chief Technical Pilot for Industry Affairs, has been a real influence on him.
“Dad’s always optimistic and 100 percent positive,” Ryan said. “He supported me to make my own decisions and follow my own path. He’s still my best friend.”
Ryan’s path, however, did follow in his father’s footsteps.
“I always wanted to fly airplanes,” Ryan said. “When I was younger, I remember seeing dad in his uniform – first a military one and then a Delta one – and knew that’s what I wanted to do. I couldn’t be happier with my decision. And Delta’s a great place to work. I grew up with Delta. We’ve gone through the good times and the bad – and I know things can only get better and better here.”
Mark agrees with his son.
“From the day I was hired at Delta 27 years ago I saw the excellent culture here,” Mark reflected. “It’s all about the people and the family environment. A Delta career is still regarded as the very best.”
Mark never wanted to push Ryan or his other two sons into doing something – but, instead, to expose them. Ryan, the oldest, grew up in aviation so the exposure was there.
“I remember once asking Ryan in high school what he wanted to do later on career-wise,” Mark said. “He immediately replied, ‘I like what you do, dad. I want to fly.’
“It’s fun to relate to your kid on a professional level,” Mark observed. “There’s the obvious common thread of family – but to share work experiences too is incredible. And now that Ryan’s a new dad, it’s fun to watch him playing the father role.”
Paul C. and his son, Jean-Paul
Paul, a flight attendant at Delta for almost 30 years, came from a large family. He was one of nine children, five of them now lawyers.
“I was always asked why I’m not a lawyer,” he said. “But I love what I do – and Delta has been a true blessing for me and my family. We’ve been able to travel the world, and that’s a real education.”
Paul feels that every day is Father’s Day. He’s had many memorable adventures with his children and was thrilled when his son, Jean-Paul, joined the Delta ranks a year and a half ago.
“It means the world to me,” he said. “Jean-Paul saw how much I loved my job and gave it a try himself.
“I’ll never forget the first time Jean-Paul and I flew together,” Paul said. “I introduced myself as the lead flight attendant and let them know I would be assisted by my son, Jean-Paul. It got lots of good laughs. We need to do it more often.”
Jean-Paul heeded his father’s suggestion to try his line of work.
“It wasn’t until I was about to get married that I knew it was time to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Dad recommended interviewing with Delta, so I did. I loved the job right away. Traveling everywhere is great,” he said.
For their family, Father’s Day doesn’t always feel like a holiday for this busy crew. Jean-Paul noted he’s now a father himself with a 9-month-old baby.
“With everyone’s busy schedules and all the travel, Father’s Day is often ‘around’ the date,” he said. “When we get together, it’s usually out for a meal and spending family time together.”