Start reading Up in the Air on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Up in the Air: The real story of life aboard the world's most glamorous airline
 
 

Up in the Air: The real story of life aboard the world's most glamorous airline [Kindle Edition]

Betty Riegel
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £7.99
Kindle Price: £3.99 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £4.00 (50%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £3.99  
Paperback £5.59  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: At least 60% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Purchase any Kindle Book sold by Amazon.co.uk and receive £1 credit to try out our Digital Music Store. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Description

Review

'Her stories more effortlessly from the light-hearted to the serious…Betty is now 73 and has every reason to be proud of a life story told well- because it was lived well' --Book of the Week, Daily Mail 29/3

Product Description

New York, 1961: the dawn of the commercial Jet Age and a golden era of air travel.
Betty Riegel spent her early childhood hiding in air-raid shelters as bombs dropped all around. From humble working-class roots, growing up with a mother who struggled to make ends meet and a father away at war, she had always dreamed of bigger things.
After responding to an advert in the local newspaper she secured herself an interview for the Pan Am training programme, and at just 22-years-old was selected from thousands of eager young British women to begin a career that would change the course of her life. Betty said goodbye to everything she knew and boarded a plane to New York, a city full of noise, towering skyscrapers and promise.
Under the watchful eye of her 'housemother', Dottie, Betty mastered the art of being the perfect Pan Am stewardess; everything from faultless etiquette, geography and safety to seamless make-up application, how to charm influential passengers and preparing five-course Parisian cuisine at 37,000 feet. But no amount of training could have prepared her for the rollercoaster of life in the air.
Up in the Air charts the gruelling yet fabulous life aboard the most iconic airline there has ever been, and how a young woman from Essex opened her eyes to the world and lived her dream.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2430 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (28 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098MB72Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read, real page turner! 19 May 2013
By MRS
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading about airline industry and travel around the world. The author gives a fascinating insight into what it was really like to be a Pan Am stewardess back in the day, with so many interesting and amusing anecdotes. Its also an interesting journey through history, hearing first hand what many of the worlds most significant events were like, and how a young lady in the early 60's beat all the odds to fulfil her dream. I really didn't want it to end!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a really intresting book 16 May 2013
By geoff
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
my wife said it sounded like book for women !! however i have really enjoyed reading this book and have found it hard to put down it is certainly worth the five stars i have given it
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 26 April 2013
By shrazz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As current crew remembering the pan am era it was great! Well recommended ESP for those who started/were flying whilst they were still operating.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could really relate to this book! 19 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having just gone into the airline industry, I could really relate to this book! Not only this, but part of the book is set in my hometown! It's a really easy read and the part I especially loved was the fact that the author included personal pictures at the end. It really helps you picture the story! A fantastic book!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Just finished this insightful, interesting and enjoyable book. Completed in about 2 days, very much a page turner.
Written very well, and Betty includes all necessary detail, without boring you with the unnecessary. Charters her full career with Pan Am in wonderful detail.
As previous Cabin Crew, I found the comparisons interesting to read and to only wish I flew during this era as i would still be doing it now!
A must read for anyone in the aviation industry or for anyone simply interested in aviation.
Enjoy.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday read 14 July 2013
By Krager
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really loved this book. I was able to imagine what it was like in the days when people had 'Sunday best' and dressed put to travel. Great read
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars trolly dolly in the air 12 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
i bought this book for my daughter and she sat down and read it in one day, it has all ready been passed on to her friend
who is a real life trolley dolly
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and True to life 25 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very good, especially if you remember this era and how things have changed ! Gave me quite a laugh at times
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
I really enjoyed this book, as an 18 year old girl wanting to be an air hostess, it was really nice to know what airlines was like back in the 60s, if you haven't read the book you... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Emma Roy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
As an ex air hostess I loved this book.
Published 9 days ago by seabee
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It brings back so many memories of the time when flying was glamorous, when travelling was exciting and exotic.
Published 21 days ago by Andrew Poole
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a wonderful period. It's amazing how things have changed for...
Enjoyable. I am of the same age as Riegel. It was a wonderful period.
It's amazing how things have changed for the worse !
Published 23 days ago by M. T. Papadopoulos
5.0 out of 5 stars UP in the Air
Betty has got a great book here. Well written and her true life experience as a Pan Am Stewardess has given us the reader an insight into how life was on Pan Am aircrafts the... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but this was not the best book I have read
Sorry but this was not the best book I have read! Interesting account of what its like to be a trolly dolly, but I found it really bland and slow going
Published 1 month ago by Renie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Easy holiday read
Published 1 month ago by Audra Ryder
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect holiday - or anytime - read ...
Loved this book ! Read it on the beach and it's a perfect holiday read with lots of anecdotes that reminded me of little bits from holidays & airport visits of my childhood in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jbuk
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and worth reading.
An interesting account of air hostess training and work on Pan Am - and how very different to anything that most of us might experience on a commercial aircraft today!
Published 1 month ago by Puffin
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category