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It’s exciting and ever-changing

I always dreamt of being a pilot, but my career path didn’t take me there directly, says Cecilie Oyas, Head of US Operations and Pilot at Stratajet.

I first studied at an Art College in Norway, graduating in dance and ballet. I then continued studying to become an international accountant, because it seemed like a ‘normal’ choice. Then one day, a woman came to speak at my university and told us to set our own boundaries and follow our dreams. That’s where my adventure started.

Business Aviation is a very exciting, challenging, ever-changing industry.

Today at Stratajet, a real-time, private jet online booking platform, I am Head of US Operations, responsible for building up the business in the US, and I am also a pilot. There are some very positive elements to working in Business Aviation. It is a very exciting, challenging, ever-changing industry, keeping us on our toes, and bringing satisfaction to the end-customer. What matters to me today is to make it more visible.

We are the last travel industry to go online.

What I like most about my job at Stratajet is that we can start a revolution by making the world smaller and connecting people. This is an amazing thing to be able to do! We are the last travel industry to go online, so there is so much we can still do, improve, and move things forward. I love being part of that.

We feel we’re making a difference, and that makes me really proud.

Commercial and Business Aviation are very different. In a commercial pilot job, you know what routes you’ll be flying, you know what days you’re off, and you know what sort of passengers you’ll have. In Business Aviation, that changes completely. Everything is possible! For example, at Christmas we flew a girl with cancer to Disneyland. She couldn’t fly above 2000 feet because she was too sick and needed to fly in a depressurised environment – we feel we’re making a difference, and that makes me really proud.

About Stratajet

Stratajet is a real-time, private jet online booking platform founded in 2011, dedicated to making the world’s supply of private jets more accessible and helping operators achieve maximum efficiency by adapting existing empty legs to suit customers.