March Roster (2018)

Another month, another roster, another adventure! In March, I’m happy to share with you that I will be visiting one new country; the Czech Republic!

Like always, I’m going to try and swap a few flights around. For now, I’ll be visiting:

  • Birmingham, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
  • London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
  • Singapore, Singapore 🇸🇬
  • Melbourne, Australia 🇦🇺
  • Maldives (Turnaround) 🇲🇻
  • Kabul, Afghanistan (Turnaround) 🇦🇫
  • Shanghai, China 🇨🇳
  • Prague, Czech Republic * 🇨🇿

* = New destination

Next Stop: Prague, Czech Republic 🇨🇿

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February Roster (2018)

If you’ve been following my journey with Emirates this month, you may have noticed that I’ve had a few roster changes. This is because I swapped a few flights around, and also received a change of duty from the Business Promotions team.

Instead of operating a turnaround to Kabul, Afghanistan or having a layover in Zurich, Switzerland, this week I had the privilege of representing Emirates at a few meetings in Toronto, Canada!

Lucky enough, I had leave right after and am currently enjoying a few extra days at home with my family than originally planned.

Next month I will be visiting 2 new countries (Croatia & Kenya) and 3 new destinations:

  • Johannesburg, South Africa 🇿🇦
  • Jakarta, Indonesia 🇮🇩
  • Adelaide, Australia 🇦🇺 *
  • Kuwait, Kuwait (Turnaround) x2 🇰🇼
  • Zagreb, Croatia 🇭🇷  *
  • Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪 *

* = New destination

As usual, I will continue to update this list as things change! I love visiting new places and am also looking to swap a few flights with my colleagues.

Update: I was originally scheduled to fly to Moscow, Russia but swapped so that I could visit another new country this month; Nairobi, Kenya!

Next Stop: Zagreb, Croatia 🇭🇷

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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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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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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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