Passion for Life

Our Cabin Crew team members have a diverse range of interests which they enjoy during their leisure time. Some are sports team representatives while others cultivate their passion in culinary studies.

Our Cabin Crew also share an interest in supporting communities right across the globe. Our people are proud to participate in a wide range of Corporate Social Responsibility projects that make a positive impact to regional communities that are in need of assistance. For example, many of our Cabin Crew members regularly volunteer to deliver donations to project sites that are associated with the UNICEF Change For Good programme. Others work with Habitat for Humanity or even develop their own charity initiatives.


Prema Galway

Senior Purser and Learning & Development Executive

Prema has many different roles in life. At Cathay Pacific, she’s a senior flight purser and a trainer. At home, she’s a mother to two toddlers and a wife and sister. Her career allows her the flexibility to balance her two passions, flying and family.

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Prema Galway

Senior Purser and Learning & Development Executive

Prema has many different roles in life. At Cathay Pacific, she’s a senior flight purser and a trainer. At home, she’s a mother to two toddlers and a wife and sister. Her career allows her the flexibility to balance her two passions, flying and family.

What made you decide to join Cathay Pacific?

Cathay Pacific has always been an airline of high repute in India. I was working for a very good airline in India at that time but wanted to step up to a global airline. My sister had joined a year before and was loving it, so the opportunity to apply was exciting. I've been with Cathay Pacific for 18 years now.

Was it difficult settling into Hong Kong?

Considering that Hong Kong is quite different from India, it wasn't hard at all to make friends and settle in. It's important to be open to other cultures, people and food, and to be willing to adapt to change. I missed India but I fell in love with Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong and its uniqueness.

What motivated you to become a trainer?

I've always loved teaching. It's been a passion of mine since high school. I never expected to be able to combine my passion for teaching with my career at an airline, so it’s been a beautiful opportunity to put my signature strengths to use at work. It is a dream job, in many ways. It’s rewarding to encourage, coach and support trainees and help them to succeed.

Can you tell me about a memorable training experience?

The most gratifying has been facilitating a developmental course on increasing wellbeing and happiness levels. Myself and some other trainers were selected and trained by neuroscientists, and then we facilitated the course to more than 2000 cabin crew members, many of whom were struggling to balance their home life with their careers. It was well received and a beautiful opportunity to improve people’s lives.

Is it difficult to balance flying with family?

It’s easier than most people think. We are given days off after each flight, and this provides an opportunity for us to spend time with loved ones. My family loves the travel discounts and the goodies that I bring home from various ports. If I asked my kids if they’d prefer me to be a stay-at-home mum, their answer would be “No!”