Many Hands Make Flight Work

By Jonathan Steinfeld

May 2016

As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be an airline pilot. I never would have guessed that Boeing would play such a big part in that. My dream came true in 2008 when I was hired as a first officer on the Next-Generation 737 at WestJet Airlines Ltd. Every day I go flying, I am thankful for this dream come true, flying the very airliner I dreamed about so often.

In 1998, I had the opportunity to tour the Boeing factory in Everett, Wash. What an amazing experience. I remember being awestruck at the sheer size of the operation as well as the thousands of men and women making this all possible. I also remember a photo from National Geographic of Beulah Barnes, a Boeing factory worker who seals the windshields of the airplanes I fly. Every now and then I wonder if she helped assemble our aircraft. I try and imagine those who have helped build this amazing aircraft.

Thank you for keeping us safe. Thank you for building an amazing aircraft. I look forward to flying the 737 MAX!

Jonathan Steinfeld takes off from Ottawa in a 737.

Anne Hoffman