Layover Life: Kolkata, India

Last week I was in Thiruvananthapuram, India, and this week I visited Kolkata! Originally I had been rostered to fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but because I had already been there, I decided to swap with a colleague for a new destination instead. Little did I know, a classmate from my  high school math class was on the flight too- operating alongside me! Who would have thought that 10 years later we’d meet again as flight attendants for the same airline, flying together to India of all places?

Running on less than a few hours sleep, a few of us decided to go out and explore the city as soon as we landed into CCU. What was supposed to be a few hours out on the town turned into a full day adventure.

We started off at the Victoria Memorial, then made our way to the banks of the Ganges River where we took a boat out on the water. I wanted to try and hitch a ride on the nearby train, but the crew didn’t share the same sense of adventure with me. I don’t blame them though. If you’ve seen how busy they can get, then you probably know why!

From here we went to restaurant Peter Cat, which was recommended to us by our guide. The food was amazing, and I didn’t have to eat with my hands!

We then ventured to the New Market. It was insanely busy! I’m not a fan of overly crowded places but I’m glad I went for the experience. There were people everywhere, there was a lot of yelling and of course, beeping from the horns of the vehicles passing by. It was a little overwhelming, so we didn’t stay long.

Our last stop was the Mother House. I’m not a very religious person, but I grew up listening to stories of Mother Theresa because I went to a Catholic school. As weird as it may sound, I was filled with emotion as soon as I entered the venue. Not necessarily because I felt connected to it, but it was just an emotional place to be. There’s so much history there, it’s hard to explain.

It took us an hour or so to get back to our hotel from the city centre after our adventure. Traffic always seems to be a concern in India, but it was totally worth leaving our rooms! I’m glad I swapped for this destination and am hoping to add another Indian city to my list soon too. Kochi, I’m looking at you!

Next stop: Brussels, Belgium 🇧🇪

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January Roster (2018)

It’s that time again! January rosters are out! Next month, I have two new countries and two new destinations to visit:

  • Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭 *
  • Zurich, Switzerland 🇨🇭 *
  • Malta, Malta 🇲🇹 *
  • Islamabad, Pakistan (Turnaround) 🇵🇰
  • Kabul, Afghanistan (Turnaround) 🇦🇫
  • Beijing, China 🇨🇳
  • Leave (Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦)

* New destinations

Each year Cabin Crew receive 30 days leave (vacation time). This month I’m using some of these days to visit friends and family back home in Canada!

As usual, I’m going to try to swap a few flights to try and visit more new destinations. This means my roster will most likely change. I’ll update the blog if it does!

Update: I swapped one of the Zurich flights to new destination; Malta! Time to check another country off my list! I also swapped my Singapore for Beijing, China to operate a flight with my friends. I’ve never been, and am looking forward to visiting the Great Wall!

Update 2: My Kabul, Afghanistan and Zurich, Switzerland flights were removed by the Business Promotions team for an event in Toronto, Canada. You can read all about this on my February Roster (2018) post.

Next stop: Brussels, Belgium 🇧🇪

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The best part of being Cabin Crew

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again -I love getting to know my customers! Each and everyone of us have a story to tell and learning about them and where they come from is always of interest to me.

As Cabin Crew, most of us often share that the best part of the job is the travel. As great of a perk as that is, I truly believe that you learn more about a destination by the people who live there. They make it what is it, which is why the passenger stories category of my blog is so important to me. My favourite part of being Cabin Crew is, after all, meeting you!

I recently published a poll on my Instagram stories asking you if you liked to read them, and an overwhelming 90% of you said that you did! This excites me. As Cabin Crew, interacting with our customers is a huge component of our job. A simple conversation can teach you many things and these small interactions can leave lasting impressions.

When I was younger, I flew with Spirit from Detroit, United States to Orlando, Florida for a family vacation. I was about 12 at the time, and it was my first ever flight. While I can’t remember much about it, I do remember that the flight attendants handed my family two Disney posters for my sister and I. This was something that they didn’t have to do, but it stuck with me all of these years. It is also one of the reasons why I try to make someone’s day on every flight and try to get to know our guests from the moment they board our aircraft.

Having a blog and a larger social media presence has allowed me to share these moments with you. It has given me a voice; an opportunity to showcase the many exciting memories I’ve created over the past few years. As my platforms continue to grow, I want to keep inspiring you guys to travel, to spread positive energy and to try new things without fear. I want you guys to have conversations with people you don’t know. Learn a thing or two about one another and maybe, just maybe, we can make the world a better place in doing so.

Thanks for being a part of my crazy journey around the world. I hope that you will continue to share in this experience with me, no matter where I go!

Next stop: Trivandrum, India 🇮🇳

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Passenger Stories: DXB to YYZ

“We are so often caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet”

I love getting to know our customers! Each and everyone of them have a story to tell. They are all coming and going from somewhere and I’m always eager to hear about where exactly that is.

On a recent flight from Dubai United Arab Emirates to Toronto, Canada, I had the pleasure of getting to know a few of our younger flyers.

The little one pictured with me above loved coming to the galley to say hello. His father shared with us the story of his birth; how he came into the world a little earlier than planned and was delivered unexpectedly at at their family home.

This beautiful girl has travelled quite a bit for 7 months old! Her father works all over the world and sometimes she gets to travel too. Her mother keeps a passenger logbook with all her flight details in them (shown below) and I got to add a sticker from my personal Emirates collection to it as a small keepsake for her. How exciting will that be when she grows up and gets to see a list of all the places she’s been!?

Have an interesting story from one of your flights? Please share it with me in the comments below!

Next stop: Trivandrum, India 🇮🇳

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Dubai Airshow 2017: In Review

Wow! What an exciting week for Emirates at the 2017 edition of the Dubai Airshow. This five day exhibition brought together some of the biggest names in aviation to showcase the latest products, services and technologies that the industry had to offer.

Emirates had its largest ever showing. We unveiled our enhanced Boeing 777-300ER with fully enclosed First Class Suits (an industry first), placed an order for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, flew two of our wide-bodied aircraft in formation with the Al Fursan team, launched our new advertising campaign with Jeremy Clarkson, opened the Emirates Flight Training Academy and signed several agreements; for six new flight training devices, for the next generation inflight broadband connectivity and for developing new global e-commerce solutions. We also shared our cutting-edge 3D printing technology to manufacture components for aircraft cabins.

Emirates hosted a total of 27,000 people on our static aircraft that included our 100th Emirates Airbus A380, our newest Boeing 777-300ER, our Airbus A319 Executive Jet and Cirrus SR22 training aircraft.

I was thrilled to have taken part in this exciting event as an Emirates Social Media Broadcaster alongside my colleagues: Jarad, Elizabethe and Doyle. This opportunity gave me the chance to take in these magical moments firsthand; witnessing the innovative thinking that has made us who we are today- industry leaders. I can’t wait to see what’s next for us!

Next stop: Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦

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