A FORMER RAF leading aircraftman fulfilled a life-long ambition at the age of 90 - when he jetted off from Leeds Bradford Airport on his first-ever flight.

Malcolm Shedlow made a memory to cherish forever when he flew abroad with his family for the first time with Jet2.com to visit his son in Dordogne in France.

Receiving VIP treatment, Malcolm was welcomed at the airport by the airline's customer helpers who supported him throughout the journey, explaining the flying process to him and making it as easy as possible. 

Malcolm said: "I was fast-tracked through the airport and treated like a celebrity.

"Jet2.com's team could have not been more helpful or friendly, and they made the whole flying experience seamless.

"Once on board the aircraft, the cabin crew were very attentive and reassured me I was in very capable hands."

Upon landing in France, Malcolm’s granddaughter informed cabin crew member, Tina Murphy, that it was his first ever time flying.

To help make the occasion even more special, Tina presented Malcolm with one of the airline's First Flight Club certificates as a keepsake and arranged for him to visit the flight deck and have his picture taken.

Reflecting on his first experience of flying, Malcolm said: "I really enjoyed the flight - it was an incredible experience.

"I look forward to flying with Jet2.com again next year as they have whetted my appetite for flying.

"I certainly won't be waiting another 90 years to take my second flight."

Although he has never taken to the skies himself, Malcolm's first experience with aircraft dates back 70 years to his service in the RAF.

Malcolm contributed towards the peacetime conscription following the Second World War by completing clerical duties during his National Service call-up.

"My work helped to keep the pilots flying, yet I never went in a plane myself - but that has all changed now thanks to Jet2.com," he said.

Malcolm’s daughter, Claire Baskind, said: "We're so delighted that my dad had such a positive experience on his first flight in 90 years. 

"It was such a joy to see the pictures and to hear how much he enjoyed his experience.

"Meeting the pilot and being asked to sit in the cockpit was an absolute highlight that our family will treasure forever.

"Thank you to the staff for making it so special for him."

Malcolm, of Leeds, added: "If Jet2.com needs any more pilots, Captain Malcolm is available!"