Welcome back to another roster post! It’s a short one this month, as not only is February a shorter month, but I’m still on reserve up until the 11th.
If you saw my January roster post you’ll know I started my month of reserve on the 11th, and so far it’s been very quiet. I’ve had a couple of airport standbys where I didn’t get used, a layover in Warsaw and two turnarounds to Jeddah and back.
As you can imagine, I’m itching to get out of Dubai! I’ve still got two weeks left of reserve so I’m really hoping for a layover or two. It’s pretty hard to make any plans as you usually don’t know where you’ll be the next day until 6pm, so even things like food shopping is tricky!
Once I finish my reserve I’ve only got three rostered flights in February, and these are:
DFW – Dallas Fort Worth, USA
FRA – Frankfurt, Germany
MUC – Munich, Germany
Sadly nothing that I bid for, but at least they are layovers, and with the Dallas I’ll have plenty of flying hours!
Since I’m the language speaker for the German flights, I can’t swap either of those. My brother used to live in Munich but moved to Lithuania a few months ago for his pilot training, so I’m not sure what I’ll do on either of those layovers yet!
The last time I was in San Francisco was over 2 years ago, and I have to admit I didn’t get up to much on that layover! This time I was ready to explore this beautiful city once more, and happily found another English girl to spend the day with.
With such a big time difference from Dubai (12 hours!) we were up bright and early and ready to head out. Unfortunately our crew hotel is right by the airport, which means it’s a bit of a journey to get to the city.
I thought it would be fun to do another diary style post of a day in the life on a longer flight, this time to Perth!
The departure time for this flight was 02:45, and we need to be at headquarters 2 hours before departure. Since my sister was staying with me in Dubai, we’d had a busy couple of days! I usually try to get a few hours rest before night flights, and make sure my suitcase is packed and ready to go beforehand.
2019 started off with a flight to one of my favourite places in the world, Cape Town. The flight over from Dubai is fairly long, just over 9 hours, but it was broken up a bit by a quick power nap in our crew bunks.
We landed into South Africa late afternoon, and having saved plenty of room for a big steak, a few of us agreed to meet for dinner.
Our hotel offers a free shuttle bus to the V & A Waterfront, where there are tons of great restaurants to choose from, so we headed over, ready for some dinner.
It’s been quite a while since I last posted on here, so thanks for sticking around! First of all I’d like to wish everyone all the best for 2019, and I hope you will still enjoy following along on my travels around the world this year.
I know this month has already started, but hopefully you won’t mind me sharing my roster anyway.
CPT – Cape Town, South Africa
PER – Perth, Australia
The year started off with a flight to one of my favourite destinations, Cape Town, which I’ll be blogging about soon.
Next up was a trip to Perth, where I was hoping to catch up with my friend Taylor (who I met through her blog, Volare) but sadly the timing didn’t work out. Next time!
After that, my reserve month starts! In fact, it officially started yesterday, but I was given a day off. How it works for the rest of the month, is that every day at 6pm (or sometimes before) my roster will be updated for the next day. It could be either a day off, a standby (a block of 4, 6, or 8 hours, either at home or at the airport) or I could be assigned a flight straight away.
Right now I’m patiently waiting for it to change, and refreshing our crew app every few minutes! 😉
If you follow me on Instagram I’ll be posting where I get sent this month, here’s hoping for some nice destinations!