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Chatesha Samsoondhar was born and raised in Guyana, South America. Her parents were rice farmers. She immigrated to Queens, N.Y, at the age of 16 with her parents and siblings to pursue the American dream. It was a blessed opportunity for those who came to this beautiful country. She completed her education at Queens College in Flushing, N.Y., with a Bachelor’s in Accounting. After graduating, she started working for U.S. Airways, which merged with American Airlines, which is now the largest airline in the world.

She worked as a Baggage Service Agent, advancing with new opportunities and promotions. She loved helping people; it was the most rewarding job she began. During her 11 years at American Airlines, she was a Customer Service Agent, Financial Auditor, Supervisor, Customer Service Manager, and Manager on Duty Customer Care JFK. She looked forward and enjoyed her daily walks through the terminal, where she could engage with team members and peers. She loved having meaningful career-developing conversations and sharing her humble beginnings. In 2018 she was nominated as an American Airlines Corporate Emerging Leader by Managing Director Mike Mckanna; this gave her a great foundation of what a leader truly is and how to be a great leader.

In March 2021, without her even knowing, her Pilot chapter began. She had the pleasure of meeting Flight Operations Manager Neil Titus. He was greeting and farewelling a captain on his last flight after a long amazing, and successful career. Neil and Chatesha began to chat, and he asked her whether she had ever thought of flying as a pilot. She told him she had but did not know how to go about it. That conversation was the beginning of her Pilot dream.

A year later, Chatesha is now an Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot at the American Airlines Cadet Academy, where she continues working hard to complete the program. Her goal is to become a Captain for the World’s Largest Airline, proudly wearing the American Airlines Pilot Uniform. Chatesha wants to mentor others to follow their dreams in this incredible and rewarding career. She’s excited to become a mentor at VelocityR Aviation Foundation and can’t wait to meet all the emerging professional aviators.