January’s Roster + Recurrent

It’s my favourite time of the month! Roster day! Just in time for Christmas as well. So, where will the New Year be taking me?

(*= New Destination **= New Country)

  • Recurrent Training (PASSED!)
  • Düsseldorf/DUS, Germany 🇩🇪
  • Chicago/ORD, USA 🇺🇸
  • Tel Aviv/TLV, Israel 🇮🇱
  • Transforming Club World training
  • Vancouver/YVR, Canada 🇨🇦
  • Toronto/YYZ, Canada 🇨🇦

I am hoping to swap a couple of places to hopefully check out another city in the USA, or a 3 day Euro Tour since I have been to both PHL and ORD plenty. Maybe I’ll talk about trip swaps in another blog.

What is a recurrent?

It is a annual exam to make sure that we are up to standard with regards to Safety and Emergency procedures on board all types of aircraft that we are trained on. In my case I must demonstrate that my knowledge is current for the A319/20/21,B777 and the B747, and in aviation medicine too. Given the nature of the role that we do in the air and on the ground, it something we MUST pass to continue to fly. Every 3 years we have to do redo the fire training and every 5 years we have to retake our attestation which is our license to fly. Our real wings if you think of it that way.

I also have service training for the BRAND new Club World service, which I am very excited about (it may have something to do with the wine and cheese tasting). British Airways has invested £400m in transforming our most popular cabin, and it looks AMAZING. We have  brand new catering which has taken quite the jump, everything is hand run, more personal, and the table wear is stunning.  This cabin has HAD A SERIOUS UPGRADE and it really is a product to be proud of.

You can take a look at the new service in Club World right here, but in the meantime I  still have some jetsetting to do before January and training.

I wish you all a  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



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December’s Roster + Changes

Welcome back guys! Although January’s roster is about to be released (sorry!) I thought it was well worth talking about this once since there have been some changes to it.

Our rosters are published 12 days prior to the end of the month, unless that day falls on a weekend then it will be 13 or 14 days prior instead. The legal minimum days we have to be notified by rules set by the CAA are 11 days, but here at BA we get our rosters a day earlier than needed.

December’s Roster originally started with (* = New Destination):

  • Vancouver/YVR, Canada 🇨🇦 (Not a new destination for me, but a new one as a Flight Attendant)
  • Philadelphia/PHL, USA 🇺🇸
  • Home and Airport standby which turned into a Luxembourg/LUX turnaround and a Manchester/MAN night stop!
  • Krakow/KRK, Poland 🇵🇱(Turnaround)
  • Tel Aviv/TLV, Israel 🇮🇱 (Was Doha!)
  • Toronto/YYZ, Canada 🇨🇦*

However, there have been some changes to this months roster, and I shall explain why. Recently, some of the Boeing 787-900s have been recalled because they have noticed that the blades in the engines have weathered faster than anticipated, and of course this needed to be addressed ASAP. So, those planes have been grounded and brought in for the appropriate maintenance to be undertaken to get those Dreamyliners back in the air. As a result of this, some of the 777s have been used to cover these routes since they’re incredibly popular for us, and one of the easiest routes for us to take an aircraft away from just so happens to be Doha. As Qatar Airways flies Doha to London to Doha, 5 – 6 times per day ranging from the A380 to the B787, and with them being a OneWorld alliance partner, the frequency of those flights can facilitate BA passengers, and free up an aircraft to be used elsewhere, and subsequently an entire crew as well. Which is what happened to not only myself, but a lot of crew throughout December and of course this is to ensure the utmost safety whe travelling with us, and other airlines too.

What was a trip has now been altered to an ‘AVAILABLE’ day. As far as BA are concerned that was a work day, and will continue to be so since I was originally rostered for a flight. My available will change with 48 hours notice, and I could end up being rostered a trip where someone has requested unpaid leave, and the rest of my roster marries up well with theirs in terms of my days off after that available period, I could cover someone who had called in unfit to operate, and again my trio can only change if my days off allow it, and of course, I could be fostered as non-op (non operating crew AKA day off). Since I have only one day off before next duty, I am quite restricted to where I can fly. I could end up doing North Africa, The Middle East, a 3 day Euro Tour or 3 days of turnarounds. *Update* my available days turned into a 3 day trip to Tel Aviv!

I hope that gives some insight into our schedules and how they’re rostered, but also that nothing is ever linear. Everything in the aviation industry is so layered and destined, and the tiniest consideration has to be made at even the smallest level.

Merry Christmas!




Victoria goes to Muscat

It isn’t exactly a secret that I am obsessed with The Middle East given how much I talk about this area. A lot. I have been fortunate enough as a child to have visited Tunisia and Morocco, and I know they’re not Middle Eastern countries, but they are Arab Nations so when I say The Middle East, Northern Africa is also included. From such a young age I fell in love with the buildings and THAT architecture, the food (especially the food), the culture, the souqs, the history, and that luxurious Arabian feel to everything they do. Since then I have visited a few Arab nations, and my experiences have been nothing but wonderful each time. When I completed my training at BA, the first destination that I requested was Muscat, after hearing amazing things from one of the trainers, so that was my April requested route, and again in August.

We fly to Muscat once a day on the 777 and 787 throughout the year, aircraft depending on the time of the year. So, right now, Muscat isn’t on my personal route network since I am not trained to operate on the 787. The flight itself is great with a flight time of around 6.5 – 7 hours depending on which flight crew you have (joking!)  You land in the morning so if you’re visiting on holiday you get a full day there rather than losing a few hours getting there. In my experience the flights are never full, so as a crew member, it’s nice for us to be able to build up rapport, which can be difficult to do on full flights. You also fly right over Dubai too and you can get some AMAZING views should it not be too hazy.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

This place is EASILY one of the most beautiful buildings that I have ever seen in my life. It is open for non-muslims from 8 -11 on Saturdays to Thursdays only. It was built in 2001 as a gift from Sultan Qaboos to Oman to mark 30 years on the throne. I won’t talk too much because there isn’t a word or metaphor that I can use to really emphasise the beauty of this place, and do it justice. You are obviously required to dress modestly, and females are required to cover their hair too. With that, I was having a mare with mine. It kept falling out of the scarf, and the guards found it quite funny since I have quite the wig on me, and I was worrying that I was going to get arrested for my hair not behaving. Instead an Omani lady who worked there approached me and offered to do my hair for me since it wasn’t playing nice.


The MOST important bit 

 Middle Eastern cuisine is by far my favourite in the whole world, and you know that I am enjoying my meal when I don’t utter a single word. I was that engrossed in my amazing meze that I didn’t get any photographs of the food, and it looked incredible. So incredible. If you are ever in Muscat, I urge you to go to a restaurant called Kargeen. From the outside, it looks a tad questionable, like “are you sure this is the right place?” From the inside it’s like The Cave of Wonders. The trinkets and decor are so beautiful with the choice of eating inside or outside, where you’ll find gorgeous Arabic cushions, sheesha, lanterns, tagine pots cooking off dried fruits, the spices, the colours, and the aromas. I can smell them now. Seriously, especially my fellow Cabin Crew, if you want a seriously good meal with beautiful surroundings this is where to go.

Website can be found here


I do have more to write about this amazing city, but I am waiting for another trip out there for more photographs to use. It is one of my favourite layovers to do, and it can be as action packed or as relaxed as you wish, which is where the next post on Muscat will come in. There is something to do for everyone, if you’re into indulging and relaxing, you have your pick of the most stunning hotels with some stunning sunset views of the gulf and the mountains, if you fancy something outdoorsy, Oman has the second biggest canyon in the world believe it or not, and some amazing diving spots complete with some very friendly dolphins. However, I am saving that for another blog post, because, you gotta leave people in suspense haven’t you?

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