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!
Disclaimer: All posts are of my own personal view and opinion, and do not reflect or represent the views of my employer. I do ask that any one working in the media contact the correct department for the company I work for should they have any questions.
For crew, roster night is sort of reminiscent of Christmas Eve, where you know that in a few hours you’ll be opening up something with sheer excitement and not having a clue what you’re going to get, even if you have asked. In our cases, that something is opening up our intranet page, logging in, clicking on roster, and refreshing the page for about 2 hours until it finally reveals what the month ahead has in store. It can either be the happiness day of your life, or you wonder why you bother. Needless to say, I have got one cracking roster coming up.
So, where am I heading in November? (* = New Destination )
Prague, Czech Republic*
Luxemburg ( Turnaround )
Cape Town, South Africa
Tel Aviv, Israel*
Stuttgart, Germany ( Turnaround )
Las Vegas, USA
Manchester, UK ( Turnaround )
I will be ticking off two more countries this month, as well as covering 40,000 miles over 4 regions.
I was asked by a lovely follower of mine about how much sightseeing I can realistically do on a layover, and what I do. First of all, I tend to base my plans on whether or not I’ve been there before, and is it a requested flight. If so, I will make plans for that particular destination, and I try to stick to a plan since I want to make every minute count where possible I know in November that I will be ensuring that I make the time and effort to explore Tel Aviv, or in this case Bethlehem. I also gauge it on the day based on my tiredness levels. It can be quite difficult at times to not get carried away with feeling like you have to see everything, and do everything when you’re exhausted. It’s something that has taken me a few months to get my head around, but I have to get myself into this mentality that I am not on holiday, even though I am somewhere wonderful, and have so much to discover. I am there for work. I need to be well rested for my duty, and sometimes you have to make a call whether or not to relax, or to head out and explore. Let’s take my flight to Prague as an example. I haven’t been to Prague yet, and I am dying to go, however I land at 22:20, and will probably be at my hotel and in bed for around midnight. I have to be ready for my flight back to London at 9:45. In reality, even though I am somewhere new, I don’t have sufficient time to really head out and explore, not without comprising my rest time. In this case, I would rather make sure that I have had enough sleep, hit the gym, and ate properly, rather than feeling like I have to rush around a city that I am likely to fly back to, all for the sake of saying that I’ve been. I could have a quick gander in the morning , and grab a coffee and cake, but as far as sightseeing goes, not today!
I have a lot that I want to answer, and rather than doing one big post on it, and being vague. I want to answer your questions with some detail, rather than brushing over a topic quickly. I have so much that I want to share, and it really does make my day when I get messages to say how much my content is appreciated, and how I’ve encouraged someone in some way to apply for Cabin Crew, or to book a trip to somewhere that I love. It really does amaze me, and thank you so much. Make sure you follow me on social media to keep track of my travels and what I am doing.
I have been wondering what my first post should be for a while, since I don’t want to just go straight into it without some sort of background story, without it being an about me sort of page. The idea of this blog has been in motion for a while, and here it is.
I figured that since I have been flying for over 6 months that it would be a perfect place to start, and it has been the most incredible 6 months for me. So here goes…
Last year I had just returned home from a stint in Australia, and I honestly had no idea what I was going to do with myself. I had just come back to a life that I honestly thought I’d never see ever again, but there I was. Back in 2012 I had applied for a few major airlines to no avail, and I suppose that lead me to working in the French Alps, and then Australia. It was something that I had wanted for a long time, and could see myself doing, but I was very wary of being given the “try again next time” email. I recall being on my flight back to Manchester thinking “if these girls can do it there’s ABSOLUTELY no reason why I can’t.” This was my final time in applying for an airline ever, and I promised myself that if it was another no, that it really wasn’t meant to be. It was meant to be. The best thing I ever did was to not give up on something that I had wanted so badly for a long time, and here I am 6 months into my career as cabin crew.
So, how have those 6 months been ?
Magnificent. Don’t get me wrong it’s challenging at times, and it does take it’s toll on your body, but this is the happiest that I have been in my whole life. Training was tough, one minute you’re learning about the safety and security of the aircraft, to learning how to save a person’s life with the tools you have on board. The days were long, and you were constantly reading up on the material needed to pass well over 40 exams in order to get your wings.
My first flight was to Chicago, and it was the most thrilling experience to be able to sit in the flight deck. To see the procedures in taking off, and landing. All those buttons, the screens, the information given by the computer, listening to Air Traffic Control, and that feeling of sitting at the front and just gliding through the air. I am extremely lucky to be able to experience what that feels like, and I’ll never digress from that.
In 6 months I have taken off and landed 113 times, I have been to over 35 airports in 25 countries spanning 5 continents, and I have a quarter of a million air miles under my belt in this short time. I have been to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, I have been to the Great Wall of China, I’ve had a girl’s night at Marina Bay Sands, I’ve had deep dish pizza in Chicago, I have watched the world go by at The Grand Canal of Venice, I have played with baby tigers in Johannesburg, and baby elephants in Nairobi, I have sat with a champagne at Sydney Opera House, I have walked along The Bund in Shanghai at night, I have partied in Vegas, I have chilled out in Miami, and I am sure I have many more amazing experiences coming my way. There are times when I have to pinch myself because it seems absolutely surreal to me even now. When I was a little girl, I never thought I’d make it to China in my life, to me it seems another world away, and verging on the impossible. To a small child the world seemed like to big of a place for these things to ever be a reality, and what this job has given me is the world in my hands. It’s given me freedom, peace in myself, and happiness. Something you can’t put a price on.
Was it what I expected ?
For the most part, yes. I have/had friends who had worked as crew before who told me of the hardships of the job role. I knew that I would be constantly jetlagged and catching up on much coveted sleep, I knew that I would have early mornings, long days with multiple sectors, long flights to far places, missing special occasions, working weekends and Public Holidays, having strange meal times, and tiredness. The one thing I would have to say that I overlooked was how isolating it could be, especially for someone who isn’t from the area. Since we work with a different team each flight, it’s difficult to build a solid relationship with someone, and when you do really get on well with someone, they end up being a commuter from miles away. Another thing that makes it hard is our rosters are unusual, and sometimes finding the time to meet up for a drink and a chat can be quite hard to achieve. You really do have to make an effort to make time for those that you really do get along with, and some months if just not possible. Another thing I didn’t realise was now expensive tights were to keep replacing. However, I do wake up, go to work, and lay down at night genuinely a happy person. I love going to work, I love that I’ll be somewhere different, even on a there and back, I love how I’ll meet someone new, and I’m glad I took that final chance in myself.
I have my roster for August and it’s rather exciting as I will be ticking off two new countries, and heading back to the city where it all began. Chicago.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for following this amazing journey! It means a lot to me! I have added a few of my best moments down below for you to look at. For more pictures, go and follow my Instagram @thatjetsetgirl!