What means roster and how much does a flight attendant work in a month

The schedule of a flight attendant (called roster), it’s a subject constantly changing because it’s different from a month to another and this fact brings joy to any cabin crew. The moment you receive the email with the roster for the next month, your heart stars beating faster than normal and all that you want is to have a look on destinations that you already have in mind because in the depths of your soul this is the reason for choosing this job: to travel. The e-mail opens, and at first view I must admit that it is confusing and interpretable in terms of flights schedule and the number of blocked hours (representing the total number of hours that you’ll be away from home, but you will be paid only for the hours you fly).

The most important is the destination. Regardin this aspect, Emirates divides the flight attendants into a number of groups, and each month one of them has priority in choosing their favorite destinations. To be more clear, once at 3-4 Monday is sure that the destinations you wanted will be priority to those chosen by the rest of the crew. A roster is sent to your email address at the end of each month for the following month and any other changes can be checked both by email and by a special application for the phone which can be used only by employees of the company.

Theoretically, every month, a flight attendant can fly up to 120 hours but practically, about 100 hours and I am saying that because you just feel very tired with only 12 hours off (minum rest) between flights. Your body feels this fatigue and always needs time to recover in order to function at it’s full capacity. Each hour of the flight is paid with 54 aed (about 12 euros) and I have to say that payment starts once with the flight and not at the time you show for the flight or check in. Last year, Emirates decided to remunerate all flight attendants for delays, so that today, after the first hour of delay, the flight is considered to be started and payed for this reason. This includes both delays in the air and on ground, regardless of their nature, and personally I feel that such a measure was necessary if we think at all incidents that are forcing planes to postpone taking off due to technical problems or caused by weather phenomena.

None of the flights it’s similar with the previous or the following one, and that’s the reason why this job is a delight, a continuously change, an escape from everyday life. The crew is always different, and that’s because there are 25,000 cabin crew, which means that teamwork will always be the same but with new people everyday. However, there is a possibility to change certain flights with other colleagues, to ask for the same flight that your friend already has, or simply apply together on the next roster demand. I know that the chances of success are not always in your favour, but as long as there is a desire, there is hope also.

With this thoughts recorded in our informative journal, I hope with all my heart that I have provided useful information, and moreover my sincere opinion as former cabin crew who has embraced this job and I am absolutely thrilled by the fact that more and more of you want to change your life and future.

Kiss you all!

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How diversity interacts with the flight attendant life

It is all about tolerance, patience and acceptance. I still remember the moment of my interview in Bucharest with Emirates representatives when all candidates argued in front of the recruiters that they want this job because the want to experience cultural diversity. Because it sounds really exciting to share stories or to work in a diverse team. This is totally true, but there is a little secret that you maybe not know: during the 2 months of training, in the form of tests intentionally disclosed or taken by surprise, students are being cathegorised and by this measure they will be selected for the future flights. Depending on the personality of each student, of the way he reacts in emergencies, but also by the interaction with each other, all future flight attendants receive a “label”. I used this word not to make someone feel like an object, but when the company employs 25,000 cabin crew, at some point you become just a number, and I consider this to be a sad thing. Moving from a small company where everyone knows the personality and preferences of everyone to a more than multinational company in my opinion, was a huge change which caused me sadness put also joy.

It’s a nice feeling to know that your job ends once you leave the airplane, and if you do your job and passengers leave happy and satisfied, it means that you had a productive, successful day, and you can go home with a smile on your face as you did everything it was in your power to implement the values with which you have identified yourself in front of employers, so in front of the company itself.

Coming back to the diversity term, you can look at this aspect exactly as your heart dictates in the sense that you can make friends easily or can you limit your job to the requirements relating teamwork, but from experience I can tell you there is not enough time to know a person in only one flight. There are many steps along the way, passengers you have to be aware of above anything, and these things don’t allow you to get to the heart of your colleagues in order to known them better. Time is very short, and sometimes you become a small robot who wants to end the flight successfully and to go home peacefully. I could say that that’s the sad face of a day at work, but because I am that kind of person that changes her mood at 180 degrees in one second, I remember all my long flights and immediately I’m taken back by memories which I will remember smiling all my life.

All flights involving a layover bring people together, creating a real team, and giving you the opportunity to meet the person behind the uniform. There is enough time for service, passengers and their needs, dinner break and finally for giving attention to the one next to you. It is very important to be an open person, to accept people you are working with and not judge them no matter what happens always thinking about one important word: DIVERSITY. Before you say something or you react in a certain way, you have to be always aware of the fact that “normal” is a word with a different interpretation because what is normal to me may seem odd, unormal, new, to you. The plane can been seen as second house where there are living different people. It is true that English be an obstacle, but the body language, the smile and the eyes will always reveal one’s intentions.

Even though once I moved to Dubai my English was not perfect, I loved it, embrace it and I always felt that there is something more than words. That something which approaches people from all corners of the world. Always remember that tolerance, acceptance, kindness, are just a few of the qualities which define us as people and it would be a pity to lose them. Human being is indeed the most complex creation!

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Qatar Airways is hiring cabin crew in Rome this March

Qatar Airways is organising an Open Day recruitment event in Rome, on 11th of March.

Qatar Airways requirements

To be part of their winning team, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age of 21 years
  • Minimum arm reach of 212 cms on tip toes
  • Minimum high school education with fluency in written and spoken English
  • Excellent health and fitness
  • Willingness to relocate to Doha, Qatar
  • Outgoing personality with good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a multinational team.

 

The Event: ROME
Venue:   RADISSON BLU HOTEL ROME – Via Filippo Turati, 171 – 00185 Rome, Italy
Date:      11th March 2017
Time:      09:00 am Sharp
Attire:     Formal business attire*Please note that this event is an Open day, where you are required to come and submit your application personally. 

Bring along: 

1 x CV – we can do your perfect CV for the interview (more details here)

1 x passport photocopy

1 x passport photograph taken in the same dress code mentioned above (without glasses).

1 x full length photograph taken in the same dress code mentioned above (without glasses).

1 x photocopy of your highest education certificate (in its original language is fine).

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A day in the life of a flight attendant

How to be Cabin Crew reveals how it’s going to be your life as flight attedant.

After you have finished your cabin crew training, you’ll get a roster (monthly calendar of flights). At the end of each month you will find out your entire schedule for the following month so you can prepare in advance what to visit and where to go in each country you will fly to. You will have approximately 8-12 free days per month.

Before each flight, you must prepare carefully your suitcase, and also you have to do your hair and make-up, in order to look flawless.

Once you arrived at the airport, you will attendant a briefing together with the rest of the team. You will check the details of the flight and also you will review the safety and emergency procedures.

After the briefing is complete, you’ll reach the airplane and start the preparations on board, before the guest embark: you check the whole airplane, the safety equipment, the food and beverages on board.

After take-off, you need to start the service on board, which lasts differently, depending on how long is the flight. After the service on board is over, it is time to relax, to discuss with your crew members, to eat and to interact with your passengers in order to make everyone leave the aircraft with a big smile on their face.

At the end of the flight, you must take care of your side of the plane, in order for everything to be ready for landing, and to make sure every passenger has their seatbelt on.

Flight types

Short haul/Medium Haul flight: One sector that lasts no more than 4-6 hours, having the flight back the same day.

Long haul flight: One sector that has more than 4 hours, and after landing, you will finish your duties as a cabin crew and you can enjoy a period of rest, named layover. It can last from 12 to 72 hours. You will be paid all this time, the accommodation will be at a hotel and the transport will be provided from and to the airport.

You will have the time to explore the city, to visit museums, to meet new people, go shopping and to experience the lifestyle of cabin crew.

A flight attendant’s schedule is extremely flexible, and very often, you will not have the same flights two times,. You will be able to schedule your month in advance and do what you want in your days off.

Therefore, to be Cabin Crew it is one of the best jobs in the world

Good luck.

P.S. If you are currently a flight attendant, we are waiting in the comment section your story about a day among the clouds.

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10 things I learned while being a flight attendant for 10 years.

I spent 10 years and a half of my life among the clouds. Being a cabin crew for Qatar Airways, I spent 12.000 hours in the company’s uniform and I visited 209 cities. Those were the most beautiful years in my life, the years in which I learned so much and made me the person I am today.

These are 10 life lessons that I learned during my carrier:

  1. The flight was my confident

My destiny was to do what I wanted, meaning to travel the world back and forth. Firstly, I learned to find my inner peace and to fulfill my adventurous thoughts. For me, flying transformed into my confident, becoming an inseparable asset in my daily life.

  1. I surpassed myself

I searched to reach a certain ideal model, although I have been told that the ideal model exists only in our imagination. I tried to reach the 5* standard that was imposed by the airline company, learning to surpass myself every time. From being a simple flight attendant, after 5 years I became Cabin Manager and after only 1 year I reached the highest step, being Cabin Service Director on board at Airbus and Boeing airplane, finishing by becoming the one thing that I wished, being a trainer.

  1. I learned to be strong and independent

As a flight attendant I learned to be a very strong person and also independent, easily adaptable and holding my destiny in my hands. Many times people told me, till the moment they actually spoken to me, that I seemed unapproachable, full of mystery, but they changed their thoughts after they saw that I am actually an open-minded person with a complex personality. In fact that’s how I liked to be in an airplane: humorous actress, confident, who played the role of a doctor, chef, bartender or firefighter, with grace, delicacy and naturalness.

  1. I learned to always smile

The most important advantage of a cabin crew is the smile! I figured out that everything I do on board, by putting a big smile I increase its value. My attitude has changed completely when I was smiling and it was easy to work in team.

  1. I learned to take care of myself

As a flight attendant, image means everything. All eyes are always looking at you, even if you are on board or in the airport. I learned to always take care of myself, to pay attention to my image, for my respect and also for the company that I was representing. I wore with dignity my uniform, and because of it, my confidence increased considerably as the years passed by.

  1. I learned to anticipate

During my career I observed how passengers always appreciated when I anticipated their wishes, investigating us, with curiosity, with which magic we read their minds. Therefore, studying each character on the flight to different places of the world, I learned to read minds even before boarding and anticipate some of their needs.

  1. Safety is the most important thing

From my trainers I learned that safety is the most important thing: my safety, the cabin crew’s and then the passenger’s one (especially in this order). I always followed safety procedures exactly as we were instructed, preferring to make a short service on board, instead of putting my colleagues or passengers in danger.

  1. Discipline, order, punctuality

As a cabin crew member I learned that discipline, punctuality and order are the qualities you need to have from the start, otherwise you will not resist in this world.

  1. There is no room for NO in a flight attendant vocabulary

I learned from my Service on board instructors that working in team it’s in fact an activity to get to know your colleagues in order to make your guests on board pleased when they arrive at the final destination. A service is considered excellent when we succeed to not use negative expressions and the word NO is missing from our vocabulary.

  1. Homesickness will never disappear

As cabin crew, I learned that flying can’t cure only one thing: missing your family, your home and Romania (in what concerns me!). At one moment, somebody said to me that the cities from the Middle East are like train stations in transit, in which different persons are going up and down, but in which the majority comes back to the origin station. The life that I build for myself for over a decay in my black Delsey suitcase of the company was a happy one, but which kept me away from my family. In 10 years as cabin crew I always had close to me old and new friends, lovers, but nothing could replace my family and our own traditional holidays spent home.

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Meet How to be Cabin Crew in Bologna!

Our team will be in Bologna next week, eager to meet you! We are hosting a nice meeting with our readers, on Tuesday 8th December in one of Bologna’s cozy coffee shops.

Come meet our team!

Would you like to know more about the cabin crew career and how to get a job among the clouds? Come along to our information meeting on Tuesday 8th December 2015 in Bologna!

We are very excited to get to know our Italian readers and not only! It’s a great opportunity to network, meet people that are passionate about aviation and find out useful information regarding the cabin crew job.

We would like to invite you to come along and find out more about the options for landing a cabin crew job. We welcome potential cabin crew who are interested in finding out how they can get hired by major airline companies from Europe and Middle East.

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Our meeting will start at 6.30 pm and you are very welcome to join us for the meeting or at any other time, as you wish. Our team will be available to talk about anything you wish to regarding the steps you need to follow in order to become a cabin crew, the life of a flight attendant, the advantages & disadvantages of the job.

WHEN: 8th December, 6.30 pm

WHERE: location to be announced

WHAT: How to be cabin crew meeting with our readers

Be sure to send us an email if you plan to attend. We’ll look forward to seeing you next week! Write us at wings@howtobecabincrew.come

Private coaching sessions

How to be cabin crew trainers will be also host a couple of private coaching sessions for those of you interested in learning more about the interview and how to pass it successfully. Our private coaching session are an amazingly effective and efficient way to achieve your career goals. A trainer with strong experience in the aviation field will guide you into the recruitment process in order to achieve the best results. Through private coaching, we customize the learning process to meet your needs.

We are happy to design a package that works best for you. We are here to give you wings!

What are you going to study during our private coaching sessions?

  • stages of the interview – strategies to successfully complete each stage
  • written English test similars to what you will get at the interview
  • final interview questions & advice on how to build the perfect answers
  • grooming & self presentation
  • body language
  •  new, amazing CV

Price:

1 session/3 hours – 60E

2 sessions/2,5 hours each – 80 E

You can pay here: http://howtobecabincrew.com/private-coaching-session/

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Etihad Airways rules – a short list you should read

Throughout my career at Etihad Airways there have been (and still exists) rules that you must strictly follow, although sometimes infringed because of certain factors. There were two precise sets: The Grooming Manual, which highlighted standards required by the company in that particular area and The Conduct Code. These rules were available in 2012, the year I decided to come back home after 8 years in the aviation.

The grooming standards at Etihad Airways had to be strictly followed so as to protect the professional image of flight attendants onboard during the program (while on duty).

  • It is mandatory that, when a flight attendant wears the uniform, to also wear make-up. Regarding this aspect, I can tell you that 6 make-up products are required: foundation, eye-shadow, mascara, blush, red lipstick and nail polish.
  • Your hair colour must be natural or a maximum of 2 shades lighter or darker.
  • Airport security check labels(stickers) on suitcases must be peeled off each time.
  • Necklaces or bracelets are not allowed while wearing the uniform.
  • You may only wear two plain rings, one on each hand.
  • Tattoos and piercings mustn’t be in plain sight.
  • Chewing gum isn’t allowed while in uniform.
  • Using mobile phones or iPods (for listening to music) isn’t allowed while in uniform, this is only allowed while flight attendants travel by bus from their homes to the airport or vice versa.
  • Flight attendants are not allowed to have alcohol in their homes unless a license (authorization) for use is obtained.
  • If a flight attendant pays a visit to the company’s offices in their spare time, they must wear a business attire, a casual attire like jeans, sports clothing and so on isn’t allowed. Wearing the identification badge (company ID) is required in any of the company’s offices or while visiting the airport.
  • Visitors must leave flight attendants’ homes before 1:00 am. No one enters the building illegally as there is a guard that monitors the entrance (there are cameras even inside the elevators). Friends or family are allowed to live with flight attendants if they obtains the consent of the company and fellow house-mates. Attention, it is not both parents that are allowed to sleep inside the apartment, only the mother of the female who works as a flight attendant or the father of the male employed as a flight attendant. Only friends of the same sex are allowed to live with you.
  • If flight attendants arrive a few minutes late for the flight briefing, they are sent back home (offloaded), removed from the flight list, and given a warning letter.
  • Abortions are prohibited in the UAE.
  • During the Ramadan, eating and drinking in public places is forbidden, chewing gum included.

You must be fully aware that the company employee acts as its ambassador and should mind their attitude, behaviour, posture and language. You are always in the spotlight and constantly being monitored so as not to damage the image of the company.

For a better control of the employees’ activity or behaviour, and now we are talking about flight attendants, there is this custom of encouraging relationships based on the premises: “If ‘x’ rule is disobeyed, the following sanctions apply…”.

Regardless of the Etihad Airways rules, being a flight attendant is marvellous. Of course there is a lot of work and the rules seem intimidating, but this job brings you so many satisfactions.

Happy landing, darlings!
Laura

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Flight attendants dealing with difficult passengers

When you become flight attendant, you’ll have to write a lot of flight reports; it is important to know that every unexpected event on board must be reported. Events may happen during flight, or while the airplane is still on ground. For example, when providing first aid, a complete flight report will help the doctors know more about the case afterwards. You must be aware that every single detail is of great importance. Many times reports are written, even if it is only about an insignificant headache.

Egyptian passengers

When flying to Egypt, there are some painkilling medicines, such as Panadol, that should be available on board for these kinds of passengers, who generally suffer headaches ever since embarking. The Egyptians smoke very strong cigarettes; whenever cigarettes are missing, severe headaches lasting one to two hours appear. A good example would be one passenger’s complaint about his carry-on baggage not fitting in the overhead bin. This passenger was constantly yelling, complaining of his headache, insisting on his baggage issue, and appearing considerably irritated by the presence of the flight attendants. His behaviour indicated he had been on drugs.

Hysterical passenger

One day, during boarding, one passenger who was afraid of flying, soon after asking for a medicine to stop her headache pain, fell into a hysterical crisis and started to slap the flight attendant who was trying to calm her down.

Pregnant passenger

Another day, right before landing, a business-class passenger who was seven months pregnant, announced the crew about her headache accompanied by strong abdominal pain. Everyone thought the labour was about to start. After discussing with her, the flight attendants found out she was only experiencing gas pains. She said her doctor gave her medicines, which were left in the hold baggage.

The Chinese passenger – or how to put in danger a whole plane

Another female colleague of mine also went through an extremely dangerous and unhappy experience, during one of her flights:

“I am one of those people who had dealt with many medical incidents throughout their flight attendant careers. Once I had a flight from Doha to Pekin; many of our Chinese passengers were coming from Algeria via Doha. There was one odd passenger who appeared to have his head in the clouds. Although he looked dizzy, he didn’t smell of alcohol. However, I decided to inform the Senior Cabin Crew about it. That passenger hadn’t been eating anything during the flight. But as long as he didn’t disturb anyone, we didn’t give him too much attention.

But just before landing, while all of the passengers were sitting in their seats with the seatbelts fastened, the Chinese passenger suddenly got up, went towards the airplane’s door and tried to open it! I was standing right there, but he didn’t seem to care about my presence. I reacted immediately, asking him to leave and telling him how dangerous this whole thing was. After taking three steps back, he turned again to the door. At that moment, I realized it was no joke. While asking for my colleagues’ help, I found the physical force to grab him by the collar and push him back into his seat. Instantly, I asked him loudly to sit and fasten his seatbelt. We were about to land, so I had just a few seconds to get to my jump seat.

After landing, the passenger had to meet the airport security. Soon afterwards, we understood the reason for his strange behaviour: he had been physically abused in Algeria, and maybe even drugged.”

Lesson learned: flight attendants are captain’s eyes. They must be always attentive, since any insignificant event could be of great importance at an altitude of 10,000 metres.

Good luck to all future flight attendants!

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What’s next if you have passed the final interview with an airline company?

Are you among the lucky ones who have passed their final interview and can almost call themselves cabin crew? Then it means that you can start imagining your cabin crew career, the adventures you’ll have and the wonderful experience that lie ahead.

Before all these happen, let us tell you what follows after an interview with an airline company:

1. Golden email/golden call

One week or around 10 days after the final interview the airline company will inform you via email or phone if you have been selected for the job. Be sure to check your email constantly and to have access to a phone line. You never know when the recruiters might contact you. It can also be during the weekend, so be aware that Sunday is a working day in the Arab countries. If your the answer is positive, you’ll also be informed regarding what else they need from you: certain documents, details about your work contract, medical check-ups, when should you quit your present workplace and so on.

2. Medical Check-ups

All airline companies require certain medical check-ups before hiring. For most airline companies you’ll have to present a complete set of check-ups before signing the contract. Etihad, however, has a different policy: the new recruits get their check-ups done after they arrive at the headquarters. Some of the check-ups you’ll need to keep in mind are: HIV test, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, a radiography for tuberculosis, a panoramic teeth radiography and a x-ray that proves you don’t have scoliosis. Emirates also requires a Pap test.

Besides, you’ll also be asked to hand in a list with all the vaccines you’ve gotten so far. The list must also contain the yellow fever and meningococcal vaccines. If it does’t you must get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Remember: When at the headquarters of your new employer, all the check-ups we have mentioned will be repeated at the company’s medical clinic, therefore they can rest assured that their new recruit is 100% healthy. Otherwise, the risk is that you might be sent home. Your health is a number 1 priority.

3. Documents – signing the contract

When all your check-ups are in order, the next step is signing your contract. Usually, a contract with an airline company is signed for a 3 years period. However, Qatar Airways requires a 5 years period on their contracts. You must have a valid, not temporary passport. Most Arab countries do not accept temporary passports!

4. Date of join – Plane ticket

Shortly after your receive the golden email/call you’ll also be informed about the date you’ll fly to your new “home, your plane ticket will be paid by your new employer.

5. What to pack?

The airline company will pay up to 100 kg extra luggage ( Qatar Airways pays for 130!) so you can bring most of the things you need. Keep in mind when packing that you need clothes for all seasons as you’ll fly all over the world and you’ll experience all types of weather.

6. Training

Depending on the airline company, the training period will last from 6 to 8 weeks. Prepare yourself for an intense learning experience about everything a cabin crew member should know: aviation in general, types of planes, safety & emergency, service on board and so on.

Remember: You must wear business attire at the training sessions: black skirt or pants, white shirt and black pumps. You have to always respect the company’s grooming manual even when entering the company’s headquarters.

Good luck and see you among the clouds!

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Skytrax names Qatar Airways best airline of 2015

Qatar Airways has been voted the world’s best airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards, informs CNN.

The awards — decided by 18.9 million passengers in 110 countries across the globe — judge airlines on everything from the quality of their food and the comfort of their seats to the friendliness of their cabin crew.

Qatar has won the top prize twice before, in 2011 and 2012, and twice been voted runner-up; the airline also took home prizes for best airline in the Middle East an best business class seat.

“It’s a very clear accolade on behalf of the staff — they are the real recipients, I’m just their leader!” CEO Akbar Al Baker told CNN after the ceremony, held as part of the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget.

The top 10 airlines — in alphabetical order — were: ANA, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, EVA, Garuda Indonesia, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines. (Skytrax has yet to announce the top 10 order).

AirAsia was voted best low-cost airline for the seventh year in a row, six months after one of its planes, QZ8501 crashed into the Java Sea killing all 162 people on board.