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Faces of Norwegian: Michael O'Connor

Blog post   •   Mar 21, 2018 10:34 EDT

Michael O'Connor, Norwegian Crew Based at London Gatwick

Michael started volunteering when he was just eight years old

I have been volunteering at Acorn Farm in Liverpool for 21 years this year. The farm has placements for disabled adults of all ages and disabilities, I volunteer with them to care for the animals and to maintain the upkeep of the grounds. Working at the farm gives me a fantastic opportunity to work people who sometimes feel less accepted in society and make sure that they are treated equally. Adults with learning difficulties have placement at the farm because they are unable to get a mainstream job.

What do you like most about working for Norwegian?

The thing I like the most about working for Norwegian is the very relaxed but professional atmosphere. Also being part of such a rapidly growing airline is exciting. I am very proud to announce new destinations to friends and family and talk about Norwegians innovative product.

What is your favorite/best part of your job?

The best part of my job has to be the travelling and meeting new people. I have been flying for over 10 years and just when I think I’ve seen it all, something else comes along to surprise me.

What is your favorite travel destination?

Copenhagen. Copenhagen is the only place in the world where I could see myself living if I had to move outside of the UK.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I’m not sure if it’s a talent but I am qualified in delivering lambs. Actually, just before answering these questions, I delivered 3. (2 boys and 1 girl).

What do you do during your free time?

I spend almost all of my days off volunteering at Acorn Farm. A small local charity where I work with a variety of farm animals and assist disabled adults with their day to day duties and upkeep of the farm.

Best city for a 24-hour layover?

Barcelona is a great city for a 24hr layover. Land in the morning, beach in the day time, skip the siesta and have a few sangrias. After a stroll round the city, get tapas and more sangria.

Best experience working for Norwegian?

My best experience at Norwegian so far, has to be our trip to Djibouti. Being part of the crew responsible for delivering much needed aid to Djibouti, destined for Yemen is something that will stay with me forever.

You were recently selected to work on Norwegian's UNICEF mission to Djibouti. Why was this important to you?

The trip to Djibouti was very satisfying, it was great to be a part of the process of actually delivering the aid, destined for Yemen. Meeting so many people along the way, from the UNICEF staff, Ambassadors and the passengers who raised so much money towards an amazing cause, is something I’ll never forget. The delivery of the aid is only a small part of the total operation, something you don’t get to see on adverts and leaflets.