World’s Oldest Active Flight Attendant to Retire

By Paul Riegler on 31 August 2014
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DSC_0262A Delta flight attendant who recently celebrated his 90th birthday retired Saturday after 63 years in the skies.

Robert Reardon, known as Bob to friends, currently holds two Guinness world records, one for being the world’s oldest active flight attendant and the other for the longest career as a flight attendant, having recently surpassed Ron Akana, a former United Airlines crew member, by several months.

Reardon’s retirement was announced in an e-mail to Delta employees at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport, according to his Facebook page.  He reportedly worked a full schedule, working several trips to Tokyo each month.

His career started in 1949 with Northwest Airlines, then Northwest Orient, as a ticket agent.  He began flying in 1951.  Northwest merged with Delta in 2008.

The retirement was apparently not Reardon’s idea, based on a post made on his Facebook page in which he stated it was “not of his choosing.”  Reardon had frequently told colleagues he “would never retire,” expressing a wish to work until the very end, said a person close to the situation.

CORRECTION – August 31, 2014 1:50 p.m. EDT

An earlier version of this article stated that Mr. Reardon would retire Sunday.  He retired on Saturday.  The error was introduced in copyediting and has since been corrected.

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