December Roster (2017)

December is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited! Four new destinations, two new countries AND I get to go home for Christmas! Take a look:

  • Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦🎄
  • Manila, Philippines * 🇵🇭
  • Brussels, Belgium * 🇧🇪
  • Copenhagen, Denmark * 🇩🇰
  • Kolkata, India * 🇮🇳
  • Karachi, Pakistan (Turnaround) 🇵🇰
  • Medina, Saudi Arabia (Turnaround) 🇸🇦

* New destinations

I’m going to try to swap a few flights to try and get another new destination. I’ll update the blog if anything changes!

Update: I ended up swapping my Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia flight for a new destination; Kolkata, India!

Next stop: Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦

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Layover Life: São Paulo, Brazil

It’s official! I have now been to six continents; North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Two years ago I never thought this would be possible, yet here I stand in country #46, Brazil!

I’ve been meaning to share this post with you for a while now, but unfortunately I couldn’t find the time to do so. Please bare with me as the next couple weeks are going to be busy too and I won’t be online as much as I usually am. That being said, here we go!

We arrived at GRU (São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport) in the evening and decided to go straight to the restaurant in our hotel for some food. As much as the crew wanted to try some traditional Brazilian eats outside of where we were staying, most of us didn’t have the energy to do so after a 15 hour flight. With the entire day ahead of us tomorrow, we turned in for the night shortly after.

The following day nine of us met up in the morning to tour the city. We started off at the São Paulo Cathedral and continued onwards from there to Ibirapuera Park. I love nature and being able to take in the greenery and fresh air there was one of the highlights of the entire layover for me!

Of course, a trip to Brazil isn’t complete without a quick stop at Havianas. (It’s a typical “crew thing” to do, because they are a Brazilian brand and are expensive to purchase in Dubai). I ended up grabbing a black pair and adding a Brazilian flag to them as a souvenir. You can always use a pair of flip-flops right?

Shortly after, my stomach began to growl so I decided to pop into a small restaurant next door for a quick bite to eat. The place was called Chez Astro. It was very laid back and resembled a library. They even had books for sale too.

Our last stop on our tour was Beco do Batman where we finally got the perfect photos for the ‘gram! This area is where three alleys meet. It became a haven for street art after a single Batman appeared there in the 80s. Since then, new designs have popped up and old ones have disappeared as new artists from all over the world pass through.

Before turning in for a quick nap prior to our evening departure, three of us decided to try Brazilian BBQ after the tour. We went to Churrascaria Boizao Grill and enjoyed a variety of local meats, salads and cheeses. Delicious!

Just when I thought I exhausted myself out enough for a nap, I couldn’t sleep before the flight! Thankfully, the flight time was closer to 14 hours this time around and I managed to sleep on my break.

Overall Brazil was a lot of fun and I hope to be back soon. Scheduling Gods, if you happen to read this, please send a Rio flight my way next!

Next Stop: Business Promotions Event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates! 🇦🇪

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November Roster (2017)

October isn’t even close to being over yet, and it looks like I have another busy month ahead!

It’s time for me to go back to Emirates Aviation College for a few days for what we call SEP; our annual Safety and Emergency Procedures training. Cabin Crew must attend this each year in order to renew our licenses so that we may continue flying.

When I’m not preparing for this, I will be operating flights to:

  • Toronto, Canada (home!) 🇨🇦
  • Trivandrum, India * 🇮🇳
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka 🇱🇰

* = New destination

I also have “Business Promotions” listed on my roster. This means I will be representing Emirates in some capacity next month too.

Lastly, November 4th will officially mark my 2 years anniversary with Emirates! I’m not sure if I’ll have much time to celebrate, but I’ve accomplished a lot since being here and I’m looking forward to sharing more of these amazing experiences with you in the years to come.

Update: Three of my flights have been removed and changed to Business Promotions as a result of several events happening in Dubai this month! I’m looking forward to sharing more about this with you in the weeks to come.

Next Stop: Colombo, Sri Lanka 🇱🇰

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Layover Life: Casablanca, Morocco

This week I got to visit my 44th country- Casablanca, Morocco! I also got to fly with a friend, which made my layover that much more enjoyable.

We arrived in the late afternoon, and agreed to meet the crew for dinner. With only a few hours to spare before our evening engagement, we decided to have a Moroccan bath; a traditional cleansing ritual of Moroccans, also referred to as Hammam Maghrebi.

Hammam is done to clean and soften the skin as well as to relax tired nerves and muscles while enhancing the blood circulation of the body. It was my first time trying it out, and I must say that it was quite the experience!

We really wanted to try Moroccan style food too, and ended up at local restaurant Basmane by recommendation of two local crew. It was delicious and the live entertainment made for a great night!

Our wakeup call was fairly early the next day, so I didn’t get the chance to do much before I left the next day. That just means I’ll have to come back again!

Next Stop: Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦

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Cabin Crew Life: Understanding our roster

You guys love hearing about what it’s like to be Cabin Crew with Emirates, so I thought I’d answer your questions about our roster! Please do keep in mind that I am a GR2, meaning that I work in the Economy Class cabin. Rostering is different depending on your role within the company. As a result, I can only speak to to how scheduling works for me. 😊

Each month we have the opportunity to request up to 5 flights and/or days off- this is referred to as “bidding”. There is no guarantee that we will get what we ask for, but it is a chance to tell scheduling where we’d like to go. Whether these preferences are granted or not depends largely on legalities, language requirements, the number of flights available etc.

There are also “groups” that Cabin Crew are randomly assigned to when we join. Many of us think that depending on which group we are in, the chances of getting what we prefer are higher depending on which month it is. In actuality, as GR2s this supposed grouping scheme does not apply to us, so I‘m not going to confuse you guys and get into that any further.

The truth is that when it comes to rostering nothing is guaranteed and the system that Emirates uses tries to allocate as many preferences as it can for us each month -regardless of seniority. There are over 13,000 Cabin Crew working for Emirates across all grades, so you can imagine how difficult it is to take all of our preferences into consideration!

About once a year Cabin Crew are rostered for reserve month; meaning that we receive few to nil scheduled flights and that each night our roster will change around 6pm for the following day. Based on Emirates operational needs, we could be scheduled for a day off, a flight, airport standby or cross-qualification standby.

Our roster for the following month is emailed to us two weeks prior to it’s start, around the 16th. This gives us time to swap flights (trade) with our colleagues if need be. While I can’t show you an actual picture of my roster, here is a sample of what one may look like:

LV = Leave

SRA = Service Training

XX = Days off

The airport codes represent the destination we are flying to and the numbers above them indicate the trip/flight number and the date of our departure. The arrows (–>) mean that our flight continues over a few days. If it is our reserve month, our roster will say “RSV” instead of having airport codes.

It’s exciting not knowing where each month will take you. If you could choose 5 places to go, which destinations would you pick? Let me know in the comments below!

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Next Stop: Casablanca, Morocco

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