This month has just flown by, and we are already approaching summer! I’m at the top of the bidding group next month, but sadly didn’t actually get much that I asked for.
Nevertheless, I still have a few flights that I’m looking forward to. In May I’ll be flying to:
MLE – Male, Maldives (turnaround)
JFK – New York, USA
IKA – Tehran, Iran (turnaround)
CMB – Colombo, Sri Lanka
BP – Business Promotion Event
STN – London Stansted, UK
MUC – Munich, Germany
Starting off with a long turnaround to Male – not a very sought after flight as sadly we don’t get to stay in the Maldives!
Up next is a trip to New York, which I’m very much looking forward to as I haven’t been since Christmas 2017! Hopefully the weather will be much warmer by May as well.
After that is another turnaround, this one to Tehran and back, which is fairly short, around 2 hours each way.
Then it’s on to Colombo – I have been to Sri Lanka on holiday a couple of times, but never actually operated the flight!
Following on from that is a business promotion event, which I’m still waiting to hear details about. It’s always nice to do something a bit different – my last event was the Saudi Airshow in Riyadh!
Up next, the only trip I got that was one of my bids, a 54 hour layover in Stansted! Due to the current runway closure in DXB, some of our flights have reduced frequency, which means a longer layover for me at home, yay!
Finally I have another longer layover, 48 hours in Munich. I have been to Munich around 20 times now so hopefully I’ll be able to explore somewhere nearby as I have a bit more time than usual on this trip.
Even though Christmas is over now, I thought I’d show you a few pictures from my trip to New York. I bid for the flight in December specifically to see the beautiful Christmas lights, and although I only got rostered a 24 hour layover, I made sure to make the most of it!
The flight over takes around 14 hours, and we touched down after this beautiful sunrise, early in the morning.
As usual, there was plenty of traffic in New York, but since our hotel is right by Times Square, nobody minds the long drive from JFK airport.
Once we got to our rooms, I freshened up and got ready for the cold!
I can’t believe we’re already on to the last roster of 2017! Where has this year gone?!
Although I actually only got one flight that I bid for in December, I’m not too disappointed with my roster. I managed to get on the swap page and get a London instead of Perth to do my Christmas shopping which is perfect!
I’m finishing up November with my trip to Taipei, and then I’ll be heading to:
PER – Perth, Australia – swapped for: LGW – London Gatwick, UK
SEP – Safety and Emergency Procedures, our yearly exams!
JFK – New York, USA
AMM – Amman, Jordan (turnaround)
HKG – Hong Kong
AMS – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Fortunately I’ll be back to working in first class next month, I have to say I’ve really missed it – business class just isn’t the same! 😀
As I mentioned above I’ve swapped the Perth for a London, so I’ll try and get some Christmas shopping done there, as well as a trip to the supermarket for all of my essentials.
After that I’ve got my yearly exams, which are always great fun…not! 😉
Then it’s off to New York, which is the only flight I got that I bid for, so I’m looking forward to seeing all of the Christmas lights and perhaps even going ice skating in Central Park.
Next up is a quick turnaround to Amman and back, before a flight to Hong Kong, which I didn’t actually bid for but do love. I’ll be getting my fix of dumplings from Din Tai Fung!
I’m lucky enough to have leave for Christmas the second year in a row, and we’ll be heading to Mauritius for some sunshine this year – let’s hope the flights aren’t too full!
My last flight of the year is to Amsterdam – I haven’t been there for quite a while so if anybody has any good wintery suggestions I’ll be more than happy to hear them.
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!
One of my latest trips took me to the wonderful city of New York, in the good old USA! I still can’t decide if I love NYC or am not too bothered about the city, but since it was just a 24 layover this time I wanted to make the most of my time there.
The weather forecast was looking great – a “cool” 33 degrees, compared to an average of 47 in Dubai that’s the perfect temperature! We departed Dubai around 2 in the morning, so not the best time to be awake. Luckily that meant our passengers were just as tired as we were, and the majority of them slept for a large portion of the flight. After 14 hours (with a 2,5 hour break to sleep in the crew bunks) we finally touched down in JFK, ready for some exploring!
Due to the time difference it was still morning, but by the time we navigated the terrible traffic in the city it was around lunchtime when we finally arrived at the hotel. Myself and one of the other business class crew, Bradley, decided to hire biked and cycle around Central Park.
The weather was perfect, although I perhaps should have thought to bring some suncream! We found a place offering bikes for 20 dollars for the day, so were soon sorted out with a ride.
There is a huge bike path that’s as big as a road that goes all around the park, so we followed along with the crowd and cycled wherever we liked the look of.