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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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?

Thank you again for the love and support, it makes my day knowing that people enjoy what I write about and have to say.


November Roster + Sightseeing

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
  • Chicago, USA
  • Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 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.

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