I recently flew my very first trip working in business class. When I got my October roster I have to say I wasn’t particularly excited at the prospect of 3 UK flights, and the whole month on the A380.
However my best friend Lucy has recently finished uni and moved to Manchester, so I had something to look forward to after the flight!
Luckily the flight was only half full in business, so it was a great way to start. The service is so different to working in economy; it’s very personalised and you work more with your “buddy” for the whole flight. I had a great buddy who was very understanding that it was my first flight and that I had no clue where anything was!
Once we landed into Manchester we stepped out of the plane to a beautiful sunny day and crisp fresh air.
While we were waiting for the bus we were sat watching all of the planes taking off and landing, lovely!
Lucy managed to get the afternoon off work (I think she may have promised her boss free tickets, not sure how I’ll manage that one!) and came to meet me at the train station. It’s only a short ride from our hotel into the city so we had most of the afternoon and evening to spend together!
And of course we did what we do best…. shopping! I’m pretty sure at one point we got lost in Primark, that’s how big it is in Manchester!
For dinner Lucy suggested a restaurant that she’d been to a while ago called The Splendid Sausage Company. As you can guess from the name it specialises in all sorts of posh hot dogs!
Our very friendly waiter extended happy hour for us and we shared a bottle of wine for less than the price of one glass in Dubai!
I know I just said the restaurant specialises in hot dogs, however when I saw one of the burgers I just couldn’t resist. (This is probably why my uniform feels a bit tighter every flight! 😉 ) It was smothered in melty cheese, pulled rib meat, caramelised onion, bacon, coleslaw and more! SO yummy!
Even though we were absolutely stuffed it would have been a crime not to share one of their delicious waffles!
We sat enjoying the rest of our wine before realising we should probably start heading home, as I had a train to catch and Lucy had to get a tram and then a car journey to get home.
The next day I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before getting ready for the flight home. I was assigned to work in the bar/lounge which I was looking forward to! I’m a pretty chatty person so I was excited to be making drinks and just chatting to the passengers.
I had briefly mentioned that we would be landing on my birthday, so towards the end of the flight one of the girls came and told me she’d arranged for me to sit in the cockpit for landing! So exciting!!
As the captain made his PA that we would be starting our descent into Dubai, I quickly packed away my things, grabbed my hat and headed downstairs to the cockpit. The jumpseat is right in-between the pilots’ seats so I had an incredible view flying over Dubai and landing into the airport.
Coming over Dubai you can actually see the Burj Khalifa sparkling, usually I see it from my jumpseat but it was even better from the cockpit!
Once we landed in Dubai (and I turned 23!) I went back upstairs to help with all of our post-landing duties. All of the crew in business class were waiting in the lounge and they surprised me completely with cake, chocolates and a card signed by everyone! So sweet 🙂
All in all it was a great first flight in business – I got to see my best friend, sit in the cockpit for landing and got a lovely birthday surprise! And best of all – I didn’t spill red wine or tomato soup down anyone!
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