Rostering Around

A couple of days ago my September roster came out.

I was waiting with very high hopes as it is my so-called ” top bid” so I’m at the highest priority to get what I bid for. And it worked! (More or less πŸ™‚ )

  • Starting off Sept with 5 days of much-needed leave, plus a couple of extra days off either side. (I’ll be heading to Melbourne tomorrow morning to stay with my cousin, then we’re going to Canberra to visit my Aunt and Uncle and my Grandparents!)
  • Karachi t/a
  • Business Class Upgrade Course (5 days in training college)
  • Rio – Buenos Aires – Rio
  • Jeddah t/a
  • Doha t/a

As you can see one of these is very very exciting….I’m going to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires! I absolutely cannot wait. This is the most bid for trip in the whole company, so I’m very happy to finally have got it!

Not only that, I also have my business class upgrade. Back to training college for 5 days; I’ve already been doing lots of online preparation for it. This means that from October onwards I’ll no longer be working in economy class any more! πŸ™‚

As always feel free to leave me comments with any questions you might have, I’ll try and incorporate them into a blog post!


P.s. For more regular day-to-day updates of my life, follow me on Instagram and Twitter @rachelwwilson!



  1. Ana
    October 1, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    hey, Rachel, when you say you’re based in Dubai, how does it really work? How often do you have to stay in Dubai? How often do you get to see your family? Thank you.

    • October 4, 2014 / 12:45 pm

      Well I live here, I have an apartment here that the company provides which I share with 2 other girls. I’m here on all my days off (unless I want to go away somewhere) so I’d say I’m here around half the month, depending on which flights I have of course. I see my family a few times a year, if I choose to go home on my leave! πŸ™‚

  2. Ahmed
    September 17, 2014 / 9:55 pm

    Hello lady,
    Just a silly quastion if you dont mind, what is t/a,, is it means turn around flight so that you will be working for the whole round trip… isnt?

    and not to forget thanking you for the great blog…

    • September 21, 2014 / 11:53 am

      Hi, thanks for reading πŸ™‚ Yes a turnaround is where you fly somewhere, stay in the aircraft while the cleaners come on, and then fly straight back to Dubai! They can be anywhere from 45 minutes to 4,5 hours! I prefer the short ones as you’re back home before you even know it πŸ™‚

  3. September 7, 2014 / 4:16 am

    Hey Rachel,
    How long had you worked in Economy Class before you were able apply for a Business Class position?

    Thanks πŸ™‚

    • September 11, 2014 / 11:07 am

      Hi! I’ve been in the company around 1 year and 9 months πŸ™‚ I got accepted for the training in May or June I think!

  4. September 6, 2014 / 3:33 am

    How are cabin crew assessed at emirates? Like does the purser give you feedback at the end of each flight? Or do you just meet with your manager sometimes?

    • September 11, 2014 / 11:06 am

      We have so-called “flight reviews” which are filled out by our seniors (not on every flight, just at random) and they can put any positive or negative feedback on there. You can read them online on our portal afterwards. I have only met my manager once during my probation period! I’d only need to see her if I had attendance issues or something very bad happened, haha! πŸ™‚

  5. Lily
    September 5, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    Hey πŸ™‚ I stumbled upon your blog because I’m hoping to work with Emirates! I stayed up all night reading the whole blog haha! you have such an amazing life I’m so jealous. I was wondering, I have two small ankle tattoos, both about the size of a large coin. How strict are they, do you know other girls that have tattoos that work for Emirates? and also I have a big birth mark on my arm that would show if I wore short sleeves. I’m worried about going to the recruitment and being sent away! I would appreciate your advice so much πŸ™‚ Thanks! Lily

    • September 11, 2014 / 11:04 am

      Aw thanks so much for reading! Tattoo wise unfortunately they are very strict….nothing allowed that could be visible in uniform. The only thing I could think of is if you wore say compression tights that covered them up and just said you didn’t have any, because otherwise that will definitely be a reason that they wouldn’t accept you πŸ™ Don’t think the birthmark would be a problem though. πŸ™‚

  6. Nay
    September 4, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    Love love love your blog. Could you please do a post about the pro’s & cons of being a flight attendant. would be interesting to hear about the cons

    • September 11, 2014 / 11:00 am

      Glad you enjoy it πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely try and do that. Got a busy week coming up with my business class training so I’ll try and do it after that! πŸ™‚

  7. Agustina
    September 4, 2014 / 7:32 am

    You really have to visit this places in Buenos Aires: Teatro ColΓ³n (it’s amazing and you can do the guided visit in only 30 min), La Boca and San Telmo (lots of tango in both places), the legendary CafΓ© Tortoni (and orden chocolate and churros), and by night Puerto Madero is the most beautiful place to have dinner and walk around. Hope you have a great time! Congrats on your upgrade! I love reading your blog!

    • September 11, 2014 / 10:59 am

      Ahh amazing, thank you for the tips! I wish I had longer than 24 hours there, I’d like to explore as much as possible! Guess I’ll just have to try and bid for it again πŸ™‚

  8. September 4, 2014 / 2:56 am

    Hello Rachel, I discovered your blog a few days ago and I’m totally fascinated with your lifestyle! I have one question for you! Can you please tell me if I need to know how to swim to be able to apply to the Emirates?

    • September 11, 2014 / 10:58 am

      Thanks for reading, I’m glad you like it! Well you don’t have to swim very much, just during training you have to jump into the pool and be able to tread water, and swim to the edge. Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

  9. lucaspage1988
    September 3, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    Hey! I’m from Argentina! So great you’re coming here!! Too bad I’m going to Dubai on Sept 11th to start my training with Emirates!! Otherwise I’d be glad to show you around πŸ™‚
    Congrats for this amazing blog (which I read completely!). It’s such a helpful way to know how this work is done and how it is to be living in Dubai working for Emirates.
    I hope someday they give a flight working with you. Would be nice to meet you! πŸ™‚

    • September 11, 2014 / 10:58 am

      Oh wow, congratulations!! Bet you’re so excited to be starting πŸ™‚ Keep me updated on how your training goes, and maybe I’ll see you in the skies! πŸ™‚

  10. Waqas A
    September 3, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    I see Karachi there πŸ˜€ but i guess Karachi-DXB is just a shuttle flight going and coming back.

    • September 11, 2014 / 10:57 am

      Yeah it’s just a quick one, around 2 hours flying each way, and probably around an hour on ground for the cleaners and the new passengers to board! πŸ™‚

  11. September 3, 2014 / 1:36 am

    Congrats on your upgrade!

    How many time will you be spending away from Dubai on that Rio – Buenos Aires trip? It sounds amazing!

    • September 11, 2014 / 10:56 am

      Thank you! The trip is 6 days I think – 14 hours flying to Rio, then 24hrs layover, 2,5 hrs flying to Buenos Aires, 24 hrs layover, back to Rio for another 24hr layover, then back to Dubai! I’m very excited for it! πŸ™‚

      • Lucie
        September 13, 2015 / 6:13 pm

        That sounds perfect!!!

        • September 24, 2015 / 8:08 am

          It was a great roster – the Rio/ Buenos Aires trip was definitely a highlight of my career!

  12. mina
    September 2, 2014 / 9:26 pm

    Congratulations!!! I just finished my final interview and now just waiting.. Can I ask that do you know where can I find my online status, is it the same page where is my online application? THX so much!!!


    • September 11, 2014 / 10:55 am

      Congrats on getting to the final interview! I can’t remember if it’s the same page, I think they’ve changed it slightly since I joined. Keeping my fingers crossed for you! πŸ™‚

  13. September 2, 2014 / 8:49 pm

    I am a Flight attendant in Brazil. I read your your whole blog in 2 days. So exciting!

    If you need any advice on Rio just ask me!

    • September 11, 2014 / 10:54 am

      Ah thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Any tips you have would be very welcome, as I’ve never been to Rio before! πŸ™‚

  14. Nike
    September 2, 2014 / 8:43 pm

    Congratulations!!! You’ll be great in business class! Well done πŸ™‚

    • September 11, 2014 / 10:53 am

      Thank you! Really looking forward to a new step in my career and something different! πŸ™‚

  15. September 2, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    This is awesome! Take plenty of pictures in Rio and Argentina! πŸ™‚
    Will be looking forward detailed description about those destination as well as Australia never hurts either! πŸ™‚
    And one more time thank you for regular writing! πŸ™‚

    • September 11, 2014 / 10:53 am

      Oh don’t worry I’ll make sure I take hundreds, haha! I’m looking forward to the trip so much! Will be doing a post on Australia as soon as I can, have a bit of studying to get done for my business class training first! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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