I recently asked you guys on Instagram if you had any questions related to Emirates, flying, or general life as cabin crew, and here are your questions and answers! If you have any more that I haven’t answered here, you can check out my previous Q&A, or leave a comment down below. 🙂
Which destinations are the most and least popular for crew?
Most of the destinations which are places that people would like to go on holiday are the popular ones, such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires (a combined 5 day trip), Mauritius, Phuket, Bali, etc. The least popular are usually the turnarounds (where you go there and back without a layover), especially the ones which leave in the middle of the night!
What are your highlights and lowlights of your time as an air hostess?
Highlights would of course have to be all of the amazing countries I’ve been to, including places I’d barely even heard of before going Emirates. Lowlights…probably dealing with rude, nasty passengers who think they own the plane (luckily you never have to see them again as soon as the flight lands!) as well as cleaning up all sorts of bodily fluids, vomit etc!
I was pretty happy to start the month off with a brand new destination – Fort Lauderdale, Florida! The flight over from Dubai is long, around 15 hours, but since it departs in the middle of the night most of our passengers in first class went straight to sleep. Leaving us to somehow power through and stay awake!
With plenty of tea and coffee and chats getting to know the rest of the crew, we finally made it. Approaching Florida we were greeted by these gorgeous views below, which made all of us excited to finally touch down!
It’s been a while since I’ve had a new destination pop up on my roster, so you can imagine how excited I was to visit the wonderful city of St Petersburg, Russia. Not only that, I was rostered to fly with my lovely friend Sebastian!
As you can imagine, we had a great flight – working with friends makes the time fly.
We touched down in St Petersburg in the afternoon, and despite having high hopes for good weather to do as much sightseeing as possible, unfortunately luck was not on our side and it was pouring with rain.
After a quick freshen up in our rooms we met again to make a plan for the afternoon. It was already starting to get late and with the rain lashing down we knew we wouldn’t be able to do as much strolling around the city as previously hoped, so having spotted a sign for the ballet in the reception, we decided to go ahead and book that.
We’d need to be back at the hotel just after 7pm for the ride to the theatre, so had a couple of hours to do a bit of sightseeing and get some dinner. Armed with a map and umbrella, we were on our way!
If you follow me on Instagram you may well have seen that somehow I was lucky enough to swap two of my not-so-lovely night turnarounds to Mashhad and Hyderabad (both leaving at atrocious times of the night and coming back around lunchtime-ish!) for a flight to Rio de Janeiro!
Now, for anyone that is crew, you’ll know that this is a practically impossible trip to swap on to! Rio is one of our most highly desired trips, and even after bidding for it for years I’ve only been lucky enough to get it once, way back when I was still working in economy. You can read all about it here. This time around, instead of heading onwards to Buenos Aires (and then back to Rio for another day) I would be spending 30 hours in Rio and then flying back to Dubai.
I can’t lie, working in first class does have it’s perks. Whilst economy and business class were completely chockablock, we were lucky enough to just have one passenger in first! So in-between looking after him and the flight deck and helping out in economy to keep ourselves busy, the 14-hour flight went by fairly smoothly.
We touched down in Rio in the afternoon, and were welcomed by beautiful sunshine and palm trees.
Not long ago I was rostered a flight to New York, the city that never sleeps.
After a long 14 hour flight, we landed into JFK airport and were soon on our way to our hotel in the city. Since it was a nice evening, a group of us decided to walk to Central Park to have a drink and watch the sunset.
The view from my room – skyscrapers galore!
Our hotel is right by Times Square, so it’s not a long walk towards Central Park. However it was very busy, but then again that’s New York for you, always busy and full of people!