A few weeks ago I flew into London Heathrow, one of the UK destinations that I haven’t visited for quite a while. Since we started flights to Stansted which is much closer to home, I try to get that rather than LHR, but this time I was determined to go into London and meet up with my best friend Lucy, who moved there last year.
Obviously this was before the current regulations of staying home and social distancing due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, so please don’t think I’m insensitive for posting at this time – I thought it’d be a nice distraction to get back to my blog!
The weather was a grey gloomy day as I arrived in central London, however luckily the sun decided to make an appearance a bit later on. Lucy managed to take the day off work as she still had some holiday days to use up, and as it was mid-week it wasn’t too busy.
Another month, another roster! January is already flying by, and it’s been a fairly uneventful month so far. I did say I would try to make the most of my layovers, but most of them have been spent alternating between sleeping, working out and drinking lots of coffee!
Let’s see where next month will take me:
STN – London Stansted, UK
VIE – Vienna, Austria
BHX – Birmingham, UK
KHI – Karachi, Pakistan (turnaround)
FRA – Frankfurt, Germany
MLE – Male, Maldives (turnaround)
RUH – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (turnaround)
KUL – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
BP – Business Promotion
First up is a trip home, which I’m very happy about! The only one of my bids that I got, and although I would have loved 2 Stansteds, I’m still grateful I get to go home and see my parents.
Following on from that is a flight to Vienna – I did bid for this in December to go and see the Christmas markets, but perhaps this time there will be some snow.
Straight after is Birmingham, which I’ve only visited once. I have been to Stratford-upon-Avon which is nearby; a beautiful quaint English town which happens to be the birthplace of Shakespeare! Highly recommended for a day trip.
Next up will be a turnaround to Karachi and back. I haven’t done this flight in a while as it is two-class, i.e. no first class, so I wasn’t rostered it while I was working in first class.
Then I have a flight to Frankfurt, which I have visited plenty of times in the past. I’m not sure what I’ll do there, as I expect it’ll be pretty chilly!
I’ve then been rostered two more turnarounds, to Male and Riyadh. Male is one of the longest turnarounds we have and it’s a pretty tiring one, as you fly through the night. The pilots also get to stay in the Maldives for 24 hours while we just go there and back!
My last flight of February will be to Kuala Lumpur. I was actually rostered this flight in January as well, however swapped it for a quick trip to Milan. So I’m hoping for a nice flight to KL next month with some delicious street food! Someone has sent me a swap for Phnom Penh – which one would you take?
Lastly is a business promotion event – I haven’t done one of these since I started the cabin supervisor pool, so I’m very excited! I should find out soon which event I’ll be representing the company at.
So even though February is the shortest month of the year, somehow I have a very busy roster with 8 flights and a BP event! Let’s hope it’s a good one 🙂
Just like that, 2020 is upon us! The past year flew by so quickly, and I feel like sometimes I just live waiting for the roster each month.
Whilst I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions as such, I will try my hardest to make the most of all of my layovers, and get out and explore as much as possible!
As for this month’s roster, here goes:
LIS – Lisbon, Portugal
PEK – Beijing, China
SYD – CHC – Sydney, Australia & Christchurch, New Zealand
KUL – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
JED – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (turnaround)
ARN – Stockholm, Sweden
Sadly I didn’t get a single one of my bids, but I did have my top bid month in December, so wasn’t expecting too much. Not my favourite roster I’ve ever had, but it could be worse!
I started the month (and year!) off with a flight to Lisbon – although it was quiet it was very long at just over 8 hours there. Having been to Lisbon on holiday previously, I had a quiet layover with a bit of browsing round the shops, although it was super busy with post-Christmas shoppers.
Next up is Beijing – a destination I haven’t visited in a while. I tried to swap this flight but with no success, so I’ll see what the rest of the crew fancy doing when I’m there.
Following on from that is a multi-sector trip to Sydney and Christchurch. I also tried to swap this one as I’ve only just been to Sydney, and I’d rather do shorter flights, but there are so many swap legalities that it was impossible. Hopefully the smoke from the awful bushfires doesn’t get any worse.
After my multi-sector down under, it’s back to Asia, with a trip to Kuala Lumpur. It’s actually been a year since I last visited, but the timing of this flight is not ideal – we fly through the night from Dubai and get there early morning.
Then I have a quick turnaround to Jeddah and back, let’s hope it’s uneventful. Once again not great timing – leaving Dubai at midnight and getting back at 8am.
My last flight of the month is to Stockholm, the one I’m looking forward to the most! I’m really hoping for some snow, as I haven’t been anywhere with snow yet this winter.
And that’s it for January 2020… I wonder where else this year will take me!