A Puerto Rican pilot will be flying on cloud nine for a while now after he piloted a flight to his native land for the first time in about 10 years.
But before jetting out over the Atlantic Ocean, Willie Morale first needed to settle all of his passengers aboard by singing a song from his debut salsa album.
After having spent the last decade flying into other countries, Willie Morales received the news that he finally was on schedule to pilot Spirit Airlines flight 301 from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Willie Morales (pictured) piloted a plane for the first time in a decade to Puerto Rico and greeted passengers with a song from his debut salsa album.
Willie Morales (left) shares a copy of his first ever salsa album, ‘Desafiando la Gravedad’ [‘Defying Gravity]
Willie Morales ‘Salsa’s Pilot’ (pictured) released his first album in June. It contains 12 songs
Morales, who has been employed by Spirit for ‘six, seven months’, admitted he over the plane’s barely slept and had to contain himself from all of the excitement.
His flight captain had only one order – he needed to sing a song from his first album, ‘Desafiando la Gravedad’ [‘Defying Gravity].
Willie Morales ‘Salsa’s Pilot’ pretty much did that and some more Thursday morning during his impromptu mini concert with a touching rendition of Johnny Vegas’ ‘Sueno de un borincano’ [The Dream of a Puerto Rican], a song he dedicated to Puerto Ricans living outside the island.
Spirit Airlines pilot Willie Morales (pictured) has been with the flight carrier for ‘six, seven months’ and also moonlights as a salsa singer during his free time
Before Willie Morales (right) piloted a plane to his native Puerto Rico for the first time in a decade, his captain (left) requested he sing before taking off
Willie Morales (pictured) hit all the right notes during his mini concert on a flight to Puerto Rico
‘I wished I could be in my island, but because of matters that go beyond my will, it’s difficult for me’, an emotional Morales said.
‘The nostalgia builds up. You Puerto Ricans know it. There is nothing like our home, like our country.’
His album debuted June 1, and features 12 songs that featured musical arrangers that had worked with salsa great from the Caribbean Island like Gilberto Santa Rosa and Victor Manuelle as well as composers that have worked alongside The Fania All-Stars, a group that formed in the late 60’s and featured at its peak times a bevy of musical legends like Celia Cruz and Hector Lavoe.
His performance went viral and by Saturday night Morales’s personal Facebook account had exceeded the total amount of followers. So he had choice but to direct newcomers over to his fan page.
Spirit Airlines pilot Willie Morales (pictured) had spent 10 years without flying to Puerto Rico.