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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Layover Life: Toronto, Canada

People tell me I think to much. Whether that’s meant to be an insult or not, I don’t disagree with them. I’ve had a lot on my mind these days, and having the opportunity to operate a flight home to Toronto, Canada last week gave me the chance I needed to clear my head.

Dubai is an exciting place to live, but with so much going on in the city all the time it’s nice to get away. I’ve spent nearly a month here on ground, so you can imagine how good it felt to get back into the air and of course, to operate a flight home.

My layovers in Toronto, Canada usually consist of a visit to Burlington, Ontario to see my family. My parents don’t live in the city, so I tend meet them halfway at my aunt’s place for dinner. When I’m not with my loved ones, you can find me catching up with friends at local hot-spots, running around the downtown core trying to get my errands done, or roaming up and down Queens Quay taking in the picturesque views of the Waterfront. It’s hard though. With less than 52 hours to spare, I can’t see everyone I’d like to see and do everything I’d like to do.

Lately, I’ve found myself wondering what things would be like if I didn’t make the move overseas. I think it’s because I’m starting to realize that being a flight attendant isn’t necessarily a career for me, but more of a temporary position that has allowed me to escape the confines of the concrete jungle for a while.

That’s not to say that I’m not happy with where I am right now. I’ve accomplished a lot since I’ve made the life-changing decision to join Emirates. I’ve been to 32 countries, done things I’ve never thought I’d do and made friends that come from places I didn’t even know existed.

My social media presence has also increased dramatically, and I am constantly receiving messages from people all over the world who are inspired by my writing and love of travel. This, of course, was not planned, but welcomed. I’m glad that I’ve been able to share my experience with others. To be honest, this has been one of the most rewarding parts of the job so far, and I am content in knowing that when or “if” I resign, that this attention will fade. I welcome that too.

The hardest part about leaving home is not knowing when I’ll be coming back. Each time I visit, returning to Dubai becomes a lot harder. I read a quote online recently that said:

“Once you experience travel, you will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere”

No matter where this journey takes me, I feel as though this will always be the case. My body will be in one place, but my mind, heart and soul will always be in another. <3

Next Stop: Johannessburg, South Africa

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Where I’ve Been: Toronto, Canada

Maybe it’s the roar of the engines, or the breathtaking views of the vast, endless skyline. Maybe it’s the feeling of freedom, the idea that when we fly, we are resting on a blanket of air; breezes that tear us away from the bonds restraining us to the ground. The concept of flight is truly remarkable. Although I can’t quite decide what I like most about it, I enjoy every minute I get to spend above the clouds.

I’m currently on leave in Toronto, Canada visiting friends and family. This photo was snapped on my flight to YYZ, somewhere over Turkey! I will be returning to Dubai at the end of the month to operate a flight to Chicago, U.S.A and to participate in the Royal Aeronautical Society-UAE`s Young Persons Lecture Competition. I will be speaking on the topic of aviation and the impact social media has had on the industry.

My roster for the month of March should be sent to me by early next week, and I’m looking forward to sharing with you what new adventures are in store for me!

Next Stop: Chicago, U.S.A

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Lest we forget: Honouring the fallen and remembering our Veterans

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We tend to take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. Today, on November 11th, we remember. Thank you to those that have served our country.

I’ve always had an interest in aviation, but it was this amazing man -my grandfather- who introduced me to it. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and was held as a POW in Stalag Luft VII from September 1944 until January 1945. In honour of Remembrance Day, here is his story:

“My name is John Callingham. I served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II, and began an aircrew pre-enlistment course in Hamilton in December of [19]41. Presented with my Bomb Aimer’s Wing in [19]43, and then went to Halifax and New York, and on the [RMS] Queen Mary to Greenock, Scotland, and to Bournemouth in England in October of [19]43. Went to Operational Training Unit in Lossiemouth, Scotland, February the 29th of [19]44, and to Heavy Conversion Unit in Riccall, Yorkshire following that, and was posted to 578 Squadron at Bourne in Yorkshire, flying Halifax IIIs. On our sixth operation over an oil refinery in Gelsenkirken, Germany, we were shot down on September the 11th of 1944. We were picked up by the German military, and were taken by train from Hessen to Frankfurt on Rhine. And eventually to Stalag Luft VII, which is near Kreuzburg [Kluczbork] in Silesia, in the corner of Germany between the border of Poland and Czechoslovakia. We got there in late September [19]44. We were told on… it was about 2 o’clock in the morning on January the 19th of [19]45… that we were to move out because the Russian forces, and they didn’t want us to be taken over by them and subject to their… whatever. So actually in about three to four weeks we ended up at Luckenwald, which was about fifty miles south of Berlin. We spent almost three weeks on the road, and the rest of the way on cattle cars packed in. We were eventually released by American troops after D-Day [the Normandy invasion of June, 1944] – probably about May the 8th of [19]45. They took us to Halle, which was just across the river from Leipzig, and we had our first meal in quite some time. Some of the fellows overate, and they paid for it. Then we flew to an airport near Brussels, and than Lancasters to England and on to Bournemouth. Returned to Halifax via the Isle de France in [19]45, and then on to Windsor where my parents resided. I was transferred to the RCAF Reserve in October 31st of [19]45″ – The Memory Project – Le Projet Mémoire 

There are so many stories out there like this. I encourage you to please share yours.

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Personal Travel: From DXB to the YYZ

I’ve been modelling off and on for over 6 years now, so when I returned to Toronto I just had to get in front of the camera again! Special thanks to photographer Stephen M Loban and hair/makeup artist KJ James for the amazing shoot. I can’t share all of the images just yet as there is a slight chance some of our work will be published, but in the meantime here is a sneak peek!

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