Thursday, August 22

PAMELA LYAMUYA – Operations Manager, REGIONAL AIR SERVICES

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pamela-lyamuya-operations-managerWhat was your first job? Reservations in Precision Air in 1999.

Who had the greatest influence on you during your childhood? My Mother; she was like my sister – she was very young when she had me so we grew up together.

How did you come to work with Regional Air (RAS)? I was not happy where I was; I felt I was not growing. I heard about this little airline: My cousin mentioned it to me and I applied and the rest as they say is history.

What is your earliest memory of Regional Air? The first two months I was based at Kilimanjaro International Airport where one of my duties was dispatching Regional Jet. There were so many passengers on the jet and I would be calling and calling out names of passengers (as a new employee this was baptism with fire); there were strange names and all these passengers had checked in but were in Duty Free shopping.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be doctor..

What do you enjoy reading? Novels, Ben Carson’s Think Big.

What music do you enjoy listening to? Soul and Gospel music.

Are you married? Not yet, but I look forward…

Do you have children? Yes, I have recently adopted a little girl – she is two years old.

If you could be or do anything else what would it be? As a child it always struck me that there were children on the streets, and even adults. I wished I could pick them all up, wash them, give them a warm meal and a comfortable bed. It was instinctive; it hurt to see people suffering. It is still my lifelong dream to one day do something for orphaned or neglected children or even the elderly.

If you could have dinner with five famous people who would they be? Nelson Mandela, Condoleza Rice, Robert Mugabe, Oprah Winfrey and Pope John Paul II.

What one word would you use to describe yourself? Reserved.

What one word would your friends use to describe you? Soft-hearted

If you could change one thing in your past, what might that be? Nothing. Whatever happened, happened for a reason.

What are you most proud of? I am proud of the achievements I have made in my career. It’s been a long journey. Especially, being a woman.

What’s the one thing about you few people know? I love to dance. I can be the first one on the dance floor and the last one to leave! I watch a lot of movies and can be up all night watching a series

What do you dislike most in others? Laziness, Liars and selfish people.

Do you talk about religion or politics? Both. Some people might call me a politician. I also pray and read the Bible and listen to lots of praise and worship.

What has been the happiest day of your life? Being promoted to Operations Manager, Regional Air Services. The Management felt I was ready to take on this very challenging position and I certainly enjoy every bit of it. I give it my all every day.

What would your advice be to anyone wanting to work in airline or Operations? It is challenging, there will be blue days. Every day is a different day. If you have passion in whatever you do, you will succeed. I would encourage more ladies to come up for the challenge.

Who had the greatest influence on your growth at RAS? It was Captain Iris McCallum. She would encourage me, she would say, “…you are young, you will learn quickly, don’t let the men bully you”. She really held my hand. Mama Anna (Anna Nzomo) has also had a very big influence on me. Without these two women I wouldn’t be where I am.

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