November Roster

It’s time for another roster post and next month I’ll be working in business class again! It’s been a year since I upgraded to first class, but due to rostering requirements a number of us will we working in business class, as well as a number of business class crew who will be back in economy.

So of course I had to embrace the opportunity and bid for flights that I wouldn’t normally be able to fly on (due to a lack of first class) and I’m happy to say I got a few of my bids!

Next month I’ll be heading off to:

  • KHI – Karachi, Pakistan (turnaround)
  • JED – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (turnaround)
  • HAN – Hanoi, Vietnam
  • JED – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (turnaround)
  • HAN – Hanoi, Vietnam
  • SGN – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • SGN – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • TPE – Taipei, Taiwan

As you can see I’ll be spending most of the month in Vietnam! No complaints there as it was my highest bid, and I won’t be able to get the flights once I’m back to working in first class again.

Unfortunately rostering have thrown in a few turnarounds as well, but that always seems to be the case when you get what you bid for!

Lastly I’ll be flying to Taipei, which I’ve visited once before – you can read about that trip here.

Although I’m not particularly excited to be working in business class I’m really happy I’ll be seeing some new places next month! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.s. Follow me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter for more day-to-day updates of where I am in the world! ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. loca
    November 1, 2017 / 2:38 am

    hi rachel,

    what an incredibly interesting roster again!

    iยดve got a question:
    some 1st class crew now working in business, some business in economy. and were some economy CC made redundant? (probably the most junior ones) thank you for your answer.

    keep posting rachel,

    • thedubaidiaries
      November 3, 2017 / 10:59 am

      Hi, thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚ No, none of the economy crew have been made redundant but they haven’t been hiring for around a year or so, so quite a few crew have upgraded to business which just means there are less in economy! When they start hiring again hopefully things should even themselves out again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Taritha
    October 31, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    Hi Rachel!

    Firstly, i love love love your blog and just wanted to let you know that i really do enjoy following your journey as you travel the world.

    As i also want to apply for emirates cabin crew i noted that it says that Emirates are currently on a recruitement freez and that recruitment positions will only commence in 2018? Could you perpahs comment on the rumours if not thats also ok ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you!

    • thedubaidiaries
      November 3, 2017 / 10:58 am

      Hi Tabitha! Thanks so much for reading, I’m so glad you like my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes at the moment there is a recruitment freeze, I have heard rumours it will be starting again either in January or April but I haven’t got any more information than that I’m afraid! ๐Ÿ™ Good luck xx

  3. Kate
    October 27, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Finally heading to Vietnam, and especially, Sai Gon! I visited about 2 years ago and adored the city. The food is incredible (Vietnamese Pho is gorgeous when prepared right!), and one of the best tourist sites is the Cu Chi secret war time tunnels. They are good fun (crawling through the tunnels and firing rifles), but also so well reserved that you can actually imagine what it was like. The war museum is surreal but very brutal- they don’t censor anything. It can be very emotive as you move through it. The embassy which has the roof where the last of the evacuees left from is surreal too (the rest of the embassy isn’t that interesting!). A good place to eat is Nhร  hร ng Ngon, you can choose your foods from a range of stalls and they bring the dish to you. It isn’t that expensive either! Another incredible restaurant is Bloom Saigon, it is a local project which employs locals and is what you would call the “real Saigon”.
    Can’t wait to see what you get up to! Can’t wait to see what you do in Hanoi too, I didn’t make it up there (just travelled around the south), but have heard it is incredible! Xx

    • thedubaidiaries
      November 3, 2017 / 10:56 am

      Thanks for your comment Kate! I can’t wait to visit Vietnam! I’ll definitely be trying Pho as I’ve heard so much about it but never tried it, and I’m sure I’ll visit the war tunnels as well. Will definitely be posting my trips on here! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Juliette Hadlee
    October 25, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Really enjoyed reading your blogs.Nice pictures.I used to work for a well-known Australian airliner and settled down at my dream place in Tuvalu. I would take Business over First or Economy any day. Few decent passengers and not on-demand like First class.You get plenty of rest.I wouldn’t complain if I get First class pay.Vietnamese are one of the most hospitable people on earth(of course Filipinos and Thai too.) Enjoy your trip xx

    • thedubaidiaries
      October 26, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      Thanks for reading Jules! ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to google Tuvalu (I’ve never heard of it!) and it looks amazing so I guess you’re living the dream there! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hehe funny that you would choose business over first – even with dine on demand I would still take first any day ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll see if that changes at the end of next month though. Looking forward to my trips to Vietnam! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. October 25, 2017 / 12:42 am

    I love Taipei! It’s my second home and I’m actually visiting now. I’m very interested in working for Emirates because they fly to TPE. Let me know if you need recommendations ๐Ÿ™‚

    • thedubaidiaries
      October 26, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      Oh wow that’s awesome! I’ll definitely take any recommendations you have, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • October 29, 2017 / 12:13 pm

        I would definitely visit Yongkang Street for beef noodle soup and the original Ding Thai Fung soup dumpling restaurant. Ximen has great bustling night life, full of lots of young people. There’s lots of street shopping there. Raohe night market is a great night market to visit, not too many tourists like Shilin night market, where most people will tell you to go. You have to try bubble milk tea, which is very popular in Taiwan. Shops like Coco, 50ๅต, Comebuy and a ton more sell it. For a great sunset and night view of Taipei 101, climb Elephant Mountain to the lookout point. It’s a very quick, easy hike. If you want to visit any monuments, I’d recommend Chiang Kai Shek memorial, Sun Yat Sen Memorial, and Longshan Temple. If you’re looking for a gift to take home, buy some pineapple cakes. There are tons of shops that sell them, including airport duty free shops. That’s really just scratching the surface to all Taiwan has to offer. It’s an amazing country ๐Ÿ™‚

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