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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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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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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Dubai Airshow 2017

This year, Emirates is showcasing it’s largest static aircraft display to date at the Dubai Airshow. I am proud to share with you that I will be joining three of my colleagues: Jarad, Elizabethe and Doyle, as official Emirates social media broadcasters for the duration of this event.

The Dubai Airshow brings together some of the leading airlines, manufacturers and suppliers for a 5 day exhibition showcasing the latest products, services and technologies in aviation.

Our first task this week was to broadcast the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER and Emirates Airbus A380-800 flying display at the Dubai Airshow live on Facebook. This special fly-past event was the first time two Emirates wide body aircraft have performed a flying display together, each brightly adorned with the HH Sheikh Zayed decal as a tribute to the late founding father of the UAE:

Emirates also unveiled its brand new Boeing 777-300ER with enhanced First, Business and Economy class cabins. I was also privileged to be a part of its release:

Lastly, Emirates announced a $15.1 billion order for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners. The agreement was signed today in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister.

These new aircrafts won’t be delivered until 2022, but it is something more to look forward to as Emirates continues to grow.

It’s an honour to be selected for such an opportunity and I hope that you will stay tuned to both my personal Instagram page as well as that of Emirates for more exciting content as the week progresses!

Next Stop: Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦

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Emirates Aviation College: Service EKcellence

October has been a very busy month so far, but an exciting one at that!

This week, I returned to Emirates Aviation College for a service refresher course called “Service EKcellence”. The day was dedicated to helping Cabin Crew learn about the latest Emirates products and service developments, giving us the chance to update our knowledge and enhance our customer service abilities. This course is mandatory for all crew and appears on our rosters when we are scheduled for it.

The course was broken up into several sessions, my favourite being Image and Uniform. We were divided into groups and given a scenario that we had to present to the rest of our class. My group’s scenario was to create a new Emirates marketing campaign in the form of a video. In less than 5 minutes my amazing team produced some amazing content that went over really well with our colleagues!

Next month, I will be returning to Emirates Aviation College for my SEP (Safety and Emergency Procedures) recurrent training. This must be completed once a year in order to renew our licenses. Make sure you stay connected with me on social media so that I can continue to share more of these exciting moments with you guys!

Next Stop: São Paulo, Brazil 🇧🇷

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