Here I am back again with another roster post. Slowly but surely they are starting to get a little more interesting, with more than a couple of flights per month. I can’t wait for things to go back to how they were pre-covid (my salary is crying out for 100 flying hours!) but for now I’m happy to have some layovers, especially some where we can go out and explore again.
If you saw my roster post last month, I only ended up doing 2 of the original flights I was rostered. The Cape Town flight I had was cancelled fairly shortly after the roster was published, and then I was also removed from the Dammam and Kabul flights. Glasgow was also removed because my Tunis layover turned into a 48 hour layover!
Instead I got given a Perth flight which I was happy with, as it meant a good amount of flying hours. It was a shame we were trapped inside the hotel room for the duration of the stay, but unfortunately that’s the requirement from the Australian government.
At the end of the month I was also put on a Düsseldorf flight which was a nice and easy trip, and a good way to bring in September. This month (if nothing changes!) I’ll be heading off to:
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!
I have been to Bangkok so many times over the past 6 years with Emirates, and it’s a destination I’m always happy to return to. Delicious Thai food, amazing cheap massages, and a short-ish flight makes it a popular destination for almost everyone!
However, as with every destination that you’ve been to more times than you can count, you end up getting into your routine there. (See above – Thai food and a great massage!). So when I was there recently and one of our crew suggested visiting a small island in the city for a day out, I jumped at the chance!
Bang Kachao, known as “Bangkok’s Green Lung” is the perfect escape from the busy city – a forested island with cycling trails, cafés and a nature park just waiting to be explored.
We took a taxi from our hotel to the river and jumped on a tiny boat to take us across to the island. The boat cost about 10 Baht each!
It was my first time visiting Adelaide, and the only one of our Australian destinations on the Emirates network that I hadn’t visited yet.
After a long but quiet flight, we touched down in Adelaide, and agreed to meet in the hotel restaurant for dinner. Apparently they have some of the world’s best burgers! Of course, I couldn’t pass up a burger, so along with 12 of the other crew (including all 4 pilots!) we enjoyed our dinner before calling it a night.
The next morning I was up early for a workout class before getting ready to go out and explore.
After my top bid in October, I wasn’t too surprised when I didn’t get any of my bids for November. Next month I’ll be heading off to:
EBB – Entebbe, Uganda
KUL – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
BP – Business Promotions
DEL – Dehli, India (turnaround)
IAH – Houston, USA
DAR – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
First up a trip to Entebbe! I’ve been here once before, in fact it was my very first flight working in first class. Any tips for what to do would be much appreciated! Last time we took a little boat out on the lake and visited the local market to buy some fruits and veggies.
Straight after that is a flight to Kuala Lumpur. I seem to remember flying here all the time when I worked in economy, but I haven’t visited for ages, so it’ll be interesting to see what I get up to this time!
After that I have a 10 day business promotion event, I don’t know what it is yet so stay tuned to find out!
Following on from that is a turnaround to Dehli, but I’m hoping I might be able to swap that and extend my days off. Let’s see!
Next is a flight to Houston, which I’ll be honest, is not my favourite of all the US destinations we fly to. Maybe a few of the crew will be up for doing something fun though, as I don’t want to spend 48 hours shopping, which is what most of the crew tend to do! Maybe there’s a fun road trip I could take?!
The last flight of the month is Dar Es Salaam, which I’ve only visited once before, so it should be fun to go back.
As always, feel free to follow along on my Instagram, as I post much more frequent updates there!