It’s been a while since I last posted! Since summer’s just begun, I’ve been focussing a lot of my time surrounding myself with friends, going to the gym & cleaning (ugh!) but next on my long list of ‘things to get done before July’ is to focus more time on my blog.
With this in mind, I thought I’d start a little series of UP IN THE AIR blog posts, all about how I go about my duties at work & what I enjoy about my life as a Flight Attendant!
I get asked a lot of questions by passengers on flights – I’ve condensed these down into my ‘Top Five’, I thought it start the series by answering these! I hope you enjoy…
QUESTION ONE:Do you only fly between London Heathrow & *enter destination*?
This is a question I get asked fairly often… As much as I’d love to fly to Cape Town every week, we fly to a majority of different destinations. From Texas to Singapore, Paris to Nairobi, there’s never a dull day in the office when there’s such a variety of routes on the network!
Despite having many destinations available on my fleet’s route network, we can manage our own rosters (to an extent) by bidding, I’ve spent a lot of time in San Diego recently, this is because I bid for this trip and was allocated two flights there this month. In the winter I tend to spend a lot of time in Cape Town as it’s my top bid for the season! All in all, I can bid for where I would prefer to fly to each month but I do like a bit of variety!
QUESTION TWO: Do you always fly with the same crew?
No, there are so many crew on my fleet that you couldn’t possibly fly with exactly the same crew more than once. Sometimes I fly with one or two people I know but it’s very rare to have more than two or three familiar faces in the briefing room before a trip. I love this though!
QUESTION THREE: Do you have to stay awake all night on a night flight?
No, thank goodness! After the first service (which happens just after take off) half the crew will head to the bunks for a nap , whilst the other half look after the cabin, after the first break, the second half head to the bunks, whilst the first half look after the cabin and get ready for the second service. This happens on both night and day flights on long haul aircraft (B777, B747, B787 & A380) depending on flight times.
QUESTION FOUR: Do you always work in the same cabin?
Most airlines tend to allocate cabin positions in terms of seniority, however, at my airline, we are qualified to work in all cabins (Economy, Premium Economy, Business & First Class) after about two years of flying (providing we meet certain standards). This means I won’t always be working in the same cabin, as we are encouraged to switch it up every now and then. Of course, we all have a preference though, I tend to go through phases of loving working in economy to wanting to work in business, so it’s nice to have the variety!
QUESTION FIVE: *Disembarking after a long haul flight* “So, do you turn around & go back to London now?”
The Classic. Everyone’s favourite question. That one question we all know and love…
All in all, the answer is never! Fortunately, we’re governed by the CCA in terms of flying and duty hours, so flying straight back to London after a long haul flight would never be allowed. Just like any other job, you have to have time to rest between shifts, in order for the work to be legal, never mind that though; after a 12 hour flight all I can think about is my bed!
Some things are difficult to explain behind a laptop screen, but I hope you get the gist! If you have any questions to add to the list then let me know & I’ll be happy to answer them! For now, it’s time for me to pack my suitcase ready to head down to London tomorrow morning for some First Class training, wish me luck!
Thank you for reading!