GoJet Flight Attendant Wins First Runner Up in Mrs. North Carolina Pageant

Our employees do some truly astounding things in their free time.  Take GoJet flight attendant Juanette Roache – when she’s not providing stellar customer service at 37,000 feet, she regularly volunteers at her local soup kitchen and homeless shelter, as well as mentors children through the Boys and Girls Club.  Her community service led to an opportunity this spring to compete in the Mrs. North Carolina pageant, where she was named the first runner up and received the People’s Choice Award.

Competing in such a high-profile pageant was a personal victory of sorts for Mrs. Roache, who has struggled with shyness since she was a child.  She credits her experiences as a GoJet flight attendant with really helping her come out of her shell.  “I was kind of shy growing up. As a flight attendant, you meet so many different people each day, so it actually kind of opened me up to working with others.”

GoJet Flight Attendant Juannette Roache
GoJet Flight Attendant Juannette Roache

Juanette began her career with GoJet during the spring of 2015.  When asked what she likes best about her job, she replied, “There is always something new every day, and the people I work with make GoJet feel like a family.”

Based in Raleigh, Juanette has lived in eastern North Carolina since she was in high school. “My father is a former Marine, so we moved around a lot. But I call North Carolina home.” She received her degree in biology from Elizabeth City State University, with an emphasis in pre-medicine and pre-dentistry, and originally planned to attend pharmacy school.  She was struggling to find a career in her field when she saw a posting for GoJet on a flight attendant career site.  “I applied because I love to travel, and I love meeting new people,” she explains.

Juannette Roach has participated in community service for most of her life, and enjoys being an inspiration to younger generations.
Juannette Roach has participated in community service for most of her life, and enjoys being an inspiration to younger generations.

The Mrs. North Carolina pageant wasn’t Juanette’s first experience with the pageant scene. “I competed in one pageant in Hawaii when I was younger, but I really started when I was 22-years old.” Juanette competed in the Miss North Carolina pageant in the past, but was approached by one of the directors of the Mrs. International system to compete as a married woman, after noticing her participation in community service on Facebook. “Competing in this particular pageant was a very positive experience to be a role model to young girls, especially among so many other accomplished women across the state.”

Juanette says that there are a lot of similarities between  her pageant experiences and being a flight attendant.  “You have to be both personable and relatable, but also willing to work hard. You’re not being micromanaged in either, so you need to do your best so that you can provide a positive impact.  With a pageant, that impact is community service.  As a flight attendant, my impact is providing a safe, quality and satisfying travel experience.”

We are inspired by Juanette’s commitment to positive outreach and are proud that she has chosen to share her talents with us!  Juanette plans to pursue the Mrs. North Carolina crown again next year, and her entire GoJet family will be cheering her on!

GoJet Leadership Connects with Employees During Spring Meet & Greets

Keeping in touch with employees that are scattered around the country and constantly on the move can be a challenge.  That’s why the GoJet leadership team makes it a priority to hit the road for Meet & Greet events a minimum of two times a year.  During these trips, which typically take place in the spring and fall, the GoJet COO, as well as representatives from Inflight, Flight Operations and Maintenance, hit the road for two whirlwind weeks of base visits.

GoJet prides itself on its employee-focused corporate culture, and being in tune with issues that our employees care about is a top priority.  “The Meet & Greets are a great way to chat with our team members in a casual setting about any feedback or concerns they may have,” said GoJet COO Terry Basham.  “Email and phone calls are great for staying in touch on a day-to-day basis, but nothing can replace the one-on-one conversations that we’re able to have at these events.”

Director of Flight Operations Randy Bratcher echoed those sentiments, remarking “We’ve got a great group of employees who truly want our airline to be the best that it can be.  I always leave the Meet & Greets with invaluable suggestions from our pilots.”

This round of Meet & Greets started on Tuesday with an after hours event in Raleigh-Durham for Raleigh-based employees.  The following day, the team leaded to New York (on a flight piloted by none other than the Director of Operations and the Chief Pilot!) to meet with New York-based mechanics and crews connecting through La Guardia.

The second round of spring Meet & Greets will take the leadership team to Chicago and Denver.  Here are some of our favorite pics from Round 1!

 

 

 

 

Hollywood Star Treats GoJet Crew to Dinner

The crew of a Detroit to Louisville flight had an unexpected treat this past weekend.  The flight was without a First Officer and facing a delay when First Officer Kevin Pickering offered to pick up the trip.  Academy Award winning Actor Jon Voight was a passenger on the flight, and was so impressed by Kevin’s actions that he took the entire crew out to dinner afterwards.

Of the evening, Flight Attendant Brooke Pierce said, “He is such a kind man and we had a wonderful time!”

Mitsubishi Regional Jet Completes First Flight

The highly anticipated first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) went off without a hitch earlier this week in Japan.  The flight, which was approximately an hour and a half in duration, reached speeds of up to 174 miles an hour and altitudes of up to 15,000 feet.  GoJet’s parent company, Trans States Holdings (TSH), is the domestic launch customer for the MRJ, with 50 firm orders and another 50 on option.

The MRJ comes in two versions–one that seats 70 passengers and one that seats 90.  Some of the notable features of the MRJ include increased fuel-efficiency, lower noise levels and a spacious interior layout that maximizes passenger customers.

Click HERE to stay up to speed on the latest MRJ project developments.

GoJet Employees Celebrate 10 Years with Fall Bash

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On a beautiful Saturday in October, employees from around the country gathered in St. Louis to celebrate GoJet’s 10th anniversary.  The family-friendly party offered something for everyone, including food, music, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a balloon artist and inflatables.  GoJet employees and their families had a blast enjoying the wonderful weather and camaraderie–even our COO, Terry Basham, was spotted on the inflatables (see if you can spot him in the below photos!).

The event culminated with a check presentation to the Missouri Military Memorial Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit raising funds to erect a memorial monument to Missouri servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The organization was founded by Chris Andrews, the mother of Sergeant Amanda Pinson, a servicewoman killed in action in 2006.  Sergeant Pinson is the niece of St. Louis employee Sandy Campbell.  Sandy and Chris were both on hand to accept GoJet’s $5,000 donation.

The party in St. Louis was the last of the festivities commemorating GoJet’s 10 year anniversary–in the weeks prior, the leadership team had a great time celebrating with crews in RDU, ORD, LGA and DEN.  Here’s to the next 10 years!

10th Anniversary Meet and Greets: Round 2

The leadership team continued the 10th Anniversary fall Meet and Greets this week, with stops in ORD and DEN.  These bi-annual visits are an important tool that the leadership team uses to get feedback directly from our front-line employees.  Thanks to everyone who was able to stop by the crew rooms to chat or took a few moments to catch up with the team in the terminal.  Thanks for helping end the 10th Anniversary celebration on a high note!

Here’s to the next 10 years!

Flight crew visits Mt. Rushmore on layover

from Michael Troxell

One of the best things about working at an airline is getting to visit a ton of cool places. We love hearing about crews who use layovers as an opportunity to hang out with co-workers and do some sight-seeing.  Thanks to Michael Troxell for sharing this awesome picture taken at Mt. Rushmore!  Here’s a little background he provided as to what went into getting this shot:

Recently, my crew and I worked a DEN-RAP flight.  We were originally scheduled to be in a little after 9:00 pm and had a rental car reserved to go see Mt. Rushmore.  Unfortunately, we were running late.  Luckily, the park was open until 11:30 pm, and with the car already rented and ready to go, we weren’t going to miss our opportunity to see the historical monument!  We hopped into the car, uniforms and all, and went directly from the airport to the park.  We arrived at the park a little after 10:30 pm and found that we were the only ones there.  With a little help from a trash can and a timer, we were able to prop up a camera and get this shot of our crew with the famous faces!

Teamwork and camaraderie, even after hours!  We have the best employees out there!