A home standby from 9pm – 5am meant I was refreshing my roster all day, hoping that a nice flight would appear. 9pm on the dot, after having unsuccessfully tried to sleep for a few hours, DFW appeared! I have to say, I was expecting to get a long flight as I’d had two days off prior (the legal requirement for us to get a ULR – ultra long range – flight), but I didn’t expect it to be Dallas, as I have one rostered in 2 weeks time!
Never mind, I quickly got up and packed my suitcase, waiting for crew control to ring and confirm the flight.
Departure time was scheduled for 2:50am, so the least I could hope for was that my passengers would go straight to sleep. Luckily I was also finally back to working in first class!
Flight time was a long 15 hours and 20 minutes, and as I was first to go on break, it felt like the longest 15 hours ever!
Welcome back to another roster post! It’s a short one this month, as not only is February a shorter month, but I’m still on reserve up until the 11th.
If you saw my January roster post you’ll know I started my month of reserve on the 11th, and so far it’s been very quiet. I’ve had a couple of airport standbys where I didn’t get used, a layover in Warsaw and two turnarounds to Jeddah and back.
As you can imagine, I’m itching to get out of Dubai! I’ve still got two weeks left of reserve so I’m really hoping for a layover or two. It’s pretty hard to make any plans as you usually don’t know where you’ll be the next day until 6pm, so even things like food shopping is tricky!
Once I finish my reserve I’ve only got three rostered flights in February, and these are:
DFW – Dallas Fort Worth, USA
FRA – Frankfurt, Germany
MUC – Munich, Germany
Sadly nothing that I bid for, but at least they are layovers, and with the Dallas I’ll have plenty of flying hours!
Since I’m the language speaker for the German flights, I can’t swap either of those. My brother used to live in Munich but moved to Lithuania a few months ago for his pilot training, so I’m not sure what I’ll do on either of those layovers yet!
The last time I was in San Francisco was over 2 years ago, and I have to admit I didn’t get up to much on that layover! This time I was ready to explore this beautiful city once more, and happily found another English girl to spend the day with.
With such a big time difference from Dubai (12 hours!) we were up bright and early and ready to head out. Unfortunately our crew hotel is right by the airport, which means it’s a bit of a journey to get to the city.
I thought it would be fun to do another diary style post of a day in the life on a longer flight, this time to Perth!
The departure time for this flight was 02:45, and we need to be at headquarters 2 hours before departure. Since my sister was staying with me in Dubai, we’d had a busy couple of days! I usually try to get a few hours rest before night flights, and make sure my suitcase is packed and ready to go beforehand.
2019 started off with a flight to one of my favourite places in the world, Cape Town. The flight over from Dubai is fairly long, just over 9 hours, but it was broken up a bit by a quick power nap in our crew bunks.
We landed into South Africa late afternoon, and having saved plenty of room for a big steak, a few of us agreed to meet for dinner.
Our hotel offers a free shuttle bus to the V & A Waterfront, where there are tons of great restaurants to choose from, so we headed over, ready for some dinner.