2017 Year in Review

This year has been an exciting one! There were many ups and downs, but all of these moments have allowed me to make many great memories which I have been fortunate enough to share with you. Here are my top 5 favourite memories from 2017. Please share yours with me in the comments below!

5. Aviation-Event in Frankfurt, Germany

In April 2017, I was a part of Aviation-Event in Frankfurt, Germany where I had the pleasure of discussing air transport and social media on a panel of aviation influencers. Although I will not be participating this year (by choice) it was an amazing networking opportunity. I got to meet many industry professionals from around the world and also got to do my first television interview too!

4. Simply Stylist Dubai

This past October, I was also invited to speak at Simply Stylist Dubai; an international fashion and beauty conference. I sat on a bloggers panel where I got to chat about my crazy lifestyle, how I began blogging and offer my own personal advice to up-and-comers on how to develop their own personal brand for their digital platforms.

3. Rugby Match in Johannesburg, South Africa

2017 also presented me with my first Business Promotions event! I had the honour of attending the Lions Rugby match on behalf of Emirates in Johannesburg, South Africa. My colleague Andrea and I were flown in business class to and from the event, where I got to experience the A380 onboard lounge as a passenger! At the match, we were tasked with promoting the airline on the field for the run-in, as well as the halftime show. It was an unforgettable experience to say the least!

2. The 2017 Dubai Airshow

The opportunity to participate in the Dubai Airshow this year was granted to me and three other Cabin Crew (Elizabethe, Doyle and Jarad) by the Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Digital Marketing and Business Promotions teams. As difficult as our tasks were, we managed to accomplish all of them by working together. Doyle and I did a live Facebook Broadcast that reached nearly 2 million views and our entire team worked tirelessly to generate several other videos to promote our brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. We also created several Instagram stories for the Emirates account to keep airline fans in the loop about what was happening throughout the Airshow.

1. Returning Home to Toronto, Canada

When you’re constantly flying around the world, the time you get to spend with your friends and family paramount. I’ve been very lucky to have operated the Toronto flight 9 times in the past 2 years which more than most of my colleagues. I never take this for granted as tiring as the Toronto flights can be. A lot of what I’ve accomplished this year wouldn’t be possible without the love and support of my friends and family, especially that of my parents. They have always cheered me on and have never hesitated to pick up the phone, no matter what time or day of the week I call them. Home is where the heart is, and returning to Canada every once in a while helps me to stay focused on my goals and aspirations.

Other Memorable Moments

There were many more memorable moments this year that didn’t make my top 5, but were definitely up there! Skydiving in Auckland, New Zealand, touching down in South America for the first time, taking in an NHL game with my Italian family in Chicago, United States, participating in the Airbus A380 Inaugural flight to Johannesburg, South Africa and having a full page article published in Arab News (even though that one was a bit of an accident) are just a few of them that I will cherish forever.

I am a huge believer in everything happens for a reason. If you believe in yourself and work hard, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Who would have thought that this year I’d touch down in over 50 countries?!

Remember- the sky is only the limit for those who are afraid to fly. I hope you take advantage of the opportunities that come your way in 2018, spread your wings without fear and soar.

Next Stop: Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭

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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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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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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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