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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October Roster (2017)

Hello October! You are going to be crazy busy, but I can’t wait! This month I will be operating flights to:

  • London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧 (Gatwick)
  • São Paulo, Brazil 🇧🇷 *
  • Lagos, Nigeria 🇳🇬 *

* = New destination!

I will also be returning to Toronto, Canada to visit friends and family for a week.

When I return to base after this short trip home, I will be speaking at an international fashion conference that will be taking place at the Kempinski Hotel in Dubai. I’m looking forward to sharing more information about this with you in the days to come!

As if that’s not exciting enough, I will be celebrating my 25th birthday AND returning to training college for a service refresher course; a new program entitled Service EKcellence. This will help Cabin Crew to learn about the latest Emirates products and service developments, giving us the chance to update our knowledge and enhance our customer service abilities.

I will also be stepping foot onto a brand new continent; SOUTH AMERICA! I couldn’t be happier to finally make it to Brazil after months of requesting these flights. As usual, travel tips are always welcomed and appreciated.

…Keep in mind that things may change again though! This month I will be sending out swaps again (requests to trade flights with my colleagues), trying to add more new destinations to my roster. I will continue to keep you guys updated as October approaches.

Update: I managed to swap my flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for new destination; Lagos, Nigeria!

Next Stop: Casablanca, Morocco 🇲🇦 

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September Roster (2017)

Photo by Nimalan Rudrakumaran.

My reserve month will carry on for the first two weeks of September, so I’m still not entirely sure where I’ll be going then. What I do know is that after this time, I’m rostered to fly to:

  • Dallas, Texas, U.S.A 🇺🇸 (from reserve month)
  • Casablanca, Morocco 🇲🇦 *
  • Hong Kong 🇭🇰
  • Johannesburg, South Africa 🇿🇦
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Turnaround) 🇸🇦
  • Chennai, India (Turnaround) 🇮🇳
  • Kingdom of Bahrain (Turnaround) 🇧🇭

* = New Destination

…unless I’m able to swap (trade flights) with my colleagues. I have a lot of turnarounds this month, so we’ll see what happens! Fingers crossed, of course.

Update: Some of my swaps were accepted and I’m now off to Cassablanca, Morroco 🇲🇦and Johannesburg, South Africa 🇿🇦 instead of Birmingham, United Kingdom 🇬🇧 and London, England! 🇬🇧 My Hyderabad, India 🇮🇳 turnaround also turned into can-use reserve, so more flights may be added or taken away!

Next Stop: Hong Kong 🇭🇰

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Emirates Cabin Crew Recruitment Process

Hey guys!

A lot of you have been reaching out to me and asking for help with the Emirates Cabin Crew recruitment process. As happy as I am to see so many people interested in the work that we do, I am unsure of the new procedures in place and cannot be of assistance to you because of this.

My advice if you want to become Cabin Crew with Emirates is to continue to watch the Emirates Group Careers website. This will be the first place where new information will become available regarding any vacancies within the company.

Thank you for your understanding!

In the meantime, I am working on a video that details my own personal experience with the recruitment process back in 2015. This will be posted on my YouTube channel when it becomes available.

-Kelsey

Next Stop: Unknown!

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August Roster (2017): Update!

This month I was assigned reserve, so I’m not entirely sure where I’m going just yet! To keep you guys in the loop, I will be updating this post with the destinations I’m assigned to as I find out! Reserve will carry on into September, so some of these flights will include next month too:

  • London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
  • Glasgow, Scotland 🇬🇧
  • New York City, U.S.A 🇺🇸
  • London, United Kingdom (Gatwick) 🇬🇧
  • Kuwait City, Kuwait (turnaround) 🇰🇼
  • Hyderabad, India (turnaround) 🇮🇳
  • Bangalore, India (turnaround) (September) 🇮🇳
  • Dallas, Texas, U.S.A 🇺🇸 (September)

Can you guess where Emirates is going to send me next? Let me know in the comments below!

Next Stop: Hong Kong, China 🇨🇳 

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