Once again it’s time for another roster post. I finally finished my reserve month and if you were following along on Instagram you might have seen which flights I got – Milan, London Heathrow, Jeddah, Hong Kong, Casablanca, and finally a Chennai turnaround.
There’s not been too much to blog about as I didn’t do much worthy of pictures, so I don’t have too much to tell! In Milan I headed back to the same restaurant that I went to the week before, and in London I popped into town to do a bit of shopping and pick up some groceries.
London was fairly uneventful until the way back, where we had some problems with the aircraft just as we were about to take off, so had to taxi back to stand, hang around onboard for a while, and finally ended up sending all our passengers on another flight and deadheading back to Dubai! In case you’re not familiar with the term, deadheading just means when you travel as a passenger instead of working the flight!
I was so pleased to get pulled out for Hong Kong as my friend Kirsty has just had her baby, Theo, and I finally got to meet him when he was just 2 weeks old! I also managed to squeeze in a trip to my favourite Din Tai Fung, which is luckily just a few minutes walk from our hotel in Causeway Bay.
After Hong Kong I ended up with over a week off, with a couple of airport standbys where I didn’t get used. These are pretty boring, as you have to go in uniform, with your suitcase packed, and sit for four hours along with everyone else who is on standby! I managed to finish one book and get through a few YouTube videos those days!
After that was a trip to Casablanca, which you can read about here. Just when I thought my reserve was finished, I got one last turnaround to Chennai, India. I also had a rostered turnaround to Nairobi, which is a very long day, and then 5 days off, which I’m spending at home with my family.
So that brings me to my July roster, which has just been published!
I’ll be heading to:
- JFK – New York, USA
- BKK – HKG – Bangkok, Thailand (Layover) & Hong Kong (Turnaround)
- MHD – Mashhad, Iran (Turnaround)
- HYD – Hyderabad, India (Turnaround)
- DUS – Düsseldorf, Germany
- LED – St Petersburg, Russia
The only flight that I got that I asked for was St Petersburg, and somehow I’ve been rostered to fly with my good friend Sebastian!
Considering that this was my “second top” (i.e. the second highest bidding seniority month!) I’m not too impressed. I asked for Fort Lauderdale and instead got two 24 hour layovers in JFK and IAD! Luckily I managed to swap the IAD (Washington DC) for BKK-HKG, which I’m very happy about. Although I haven’t visited Washington yet, having two US flights in a row is too much, and I have been bidding (unsuccessfully!) for Bangkok for months. On this specific trip you have a 24 hour layover in BKK, then fly to HKG and back in the same day, then have another 24 hour layover in BKK. I can’t wait for a massage and some yummy Thai food! 🙂
Two night time turnarounds in a row before my leave, which I’ll be using to head back to Austria for the wedding of my friends Iris and Claudio. I can’t wait!
Then on to Düsseldorf, though fingers crossed I can swap that for a Munich to go and see my brother Matt and his girlfriend Miriam. The crew hotel in Munich is much nicer than in Düsseldorf though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if my swaps get rejected purely for that kind of reason! We will see 😉
Lastly, St Petersburg, which as I said I bid for, as it’s somewhere that I’ve never been and I’m really looking forward to exploring. Any tips would be much appreciated, especially if you have any nice restaurant recommendations for dinner!
Please do let me know if there’s anything you would like to read about on here; as you can see I’ve been fairly slack on the blogging this month as I haven’t been up to too much on my layovers!