A married couple who pilot British Airways flights together have described how sharing a cockpit helps their relationship.
Hugo and Hannah Webb, who have two young children, say it is ‘great fun’ to fly side by side.
Speaking ahead of their latest joint flight, from London Heathrow to Milan on Friday, Mrs Webb, 34, said: ‘It certainly helps that we can discuss and understand each other’s jobs.
‘We both appreciate the demands of the flying lifestyle.
Hugo and Hannah Webb say it is ‘great fun’ to fly side by side. ‘Although I introduce Hannah at the beginning of the flight, I have never mentioned she is my wife,’ said Mr Webb
‘On an operational level, it’s no different from flying with anyone else.’
Mr Webb, 32, said: ‘We are both short-haul pilots and try to get home most nights of the month, although a few nights away can be a nice break from the daily commute.’
The couple, from Alresford, Hampshire, fly together around once every few months.
BA captain Mr Webb said he does not tell passengers he is married to the first officer when they are both in the cockpit.
‘Although I introduce Hannah at the beginning of the flight, I have never mentioned she is my wife,’ he explained. ‘I suppose some customers may guess.’
‘The shift patterns allow us to see our children both during the week and on the weekends’, Mrs Webb added
Asked if she was hoping to marry a fellow pilot before meeting her now-husband at a flying school 12 years ago, Mrs Webb replied: ‘Not at all!’
Being a short-haul pilot is ‘a great profession to have as a working parent’, she said.
‘The shift patterns allow us to see our children both during the week and on the weekends.
‘We have taken our children on a few work trips. Our son came to Milan and our daughter joined us in Lisbon for a couple of nights.’
They joined BA in 2011 and married the following year.
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