Punctuality. The key in aviation

“Time is money” is a slogan that adapts to any situation from everyday life, but when it comes to aviation any extra minutes that keep a plane on ground forces the company to take money out of their pocket. The same thing we can say about the cabin crew job: regardless of the employer company, there is a timetable that you have to follow with Holiness, and when it comes to punctuality, I can honestly say that means 90% of your business card. The story makes me to have already gone through this experience, and in the following I will tell you briefly my experience which has become a timeless:

It was my first month flying for Emirates and I had just landed in Dubai after a very long flight from the Philippines when I decided to check out the roster again. I had done this check somewhere at around 11.40 P.M, and the mistake that cost me afterwards was that I did not give importance to the date in which we found ourselves at the time. My roster was showing as follows: May 24 FREE, May 25 flight to Kuwait at 01.15 AM. After my interpretation I had two days off and the third day night departure to Kuwait. Checking date: May 23, flight date May 25. So from my calculations resulted that I get home, I have all the next day to enjoy Dubai, and the day after, in the night, go for Kuwait flight. The theory of an unexperienced and tired flight attendant. In reality, I had only one day off as after midnight I was already on May 24, and flight time being on May 25 at 1.15 A.M which meant that my preparation should start on my day off around 9 P.M. The fact that I did not checked the flight schedule carefully and I did not taken into account that it’s already 00.00 wich meant the beginning of another day, led me to failure for that flight.
I spent my first day off at the pool, in the evening I went out for a walk, and after that I went home where I felt asleep peacefully with the thought that it’s so good to have days off when you can really explore life in Dubai. But the next day early in the morning, shock and horror in my roster: “ABSENT” was written with big block red letters for the Kuwait flight. Initially I thought my phone or application was affected by the heat or the application got stuck, but after I called the number of the Crew Support, I was shocked to find out that I really missed the flight, and this incident will be documented in my file for the next six months. The first instinct was to cry because I was very nervous and it was not my intention to miss the flight, but after a few minutes I realized that I should calm down and explain to my manager what happened in fact and what was my reason for not showing up. Following this incident, which by the way I could have cost me being promoted I began to check my application twice on the phone, ask another opinion if I was too tired to figure it out, or even to use the Crew Portal which was conceived to avoid such situations.

One thing is certain: the cabin crew job makes you forget most of the times on what day of the week you find yourselves, what date and what time is at home, and that’s just because your home is up in the sky!

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Emirates is recruiting in September and October in Italy

Emirates is recruiting cabin crew in September and October in Italy. The interviews are Open Day, which means that you can participate without any invitation and you do not need to register ahead on the company website.

The dates for recruitment are the following:

17 September, Hilton Rome Airport, Via Arturo Ferrarin, 2, 00054 Fiumicino, Rome, Italy, 9 A.M.
17 October, To be advised, Bari, 9 A.M.
22 October, Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, Aeroporto Malpensa 2000, Terminal 1, 21010 Ferno (VA), Milan, Italy

The Emirates Cabin Crew requirements are:
• At least 21 years of age at the time of joining
• Arm reach of 212 cm while standing on tiptoes
• Minimum height of 160 cm
• High school graduate (Grade 12)
• Fluency in English (Written and Spoken)
• No visible tattoos while in Emirates Cabin Crew uniform (cosmetic and bandage coverings not permitted)
• Physically fit to meet the Emirates Cabin Crew requirements

Three major airlines, one single flight attendant: Antonia’s story

Antonia Talianu is one of the flight attendants who amazed us with their life stories. Now 32, she is a graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, at University of Bucharest. Seven years have passed since Antonia went to Middle East to make a dream come true. Although it sounds like a cliché, she always wished to fly. At the early age of 15, she got a job that could allow her to travel, doing it whenever possible. Antonia told us how life as a flight attendant gave her freedom in many ways, from the way of thinking to the financial leeway. In a few months, she will become a mother, accomplishing her dream of having her own family too.

Oman Air, Etihad Airways, and Emirates Airline – an impressive chain of Gulf carriers for which you have worked. How did you find out about the interviews and how were they conducted?

To be sincere, at that time, you could gain access to more information only after getting hired by a Gulf airline. Unlike now, when there are so many forums, Facebook pages, or even personal development and professional counseling programs. I have found out about Oman Air from a job offers website. After applying, I was invited to a hotel, together with other 500 girls. It was the first time Oman Air was coming to Romania. The interview process took three days, and with each day passing, we were fewer and fewer. Eventually, 20 girls were chosen, but it was only me and a girl from Piteşti who had the courage to embark to Oman.

For Etihad Airways I’ve applied while I was already flying for Oman Air. I wanted a change, to really see the world, as Etihad Airways had many more destinations. The interview was quite difficult. I flew 45 minutes from Oman to Abu Dhabi. When I arrived at the Etihad head office, I noticed there were not more than 1000 girls who had come for the Assessment Day from all over the world. We started talking and I had around me there girls coming from America, Australia and even Venezuela. Some of them looked like real supermodels. The interview wasn’t different from that of Oman Air. It was a tough selection, lasting one day. We had no time to waste, but only to stay focused. At six o’clock that evening, we were 20 girls and boys waiting for the face-to-face interview. After that, I returned to Muscat, back to my work. In two weeks, I received my visa through an email, together with my air ticket.

Emirates, I have to admit, was my last attempt to live in the Middle East. As a First and Business Class Lounge Supervisor, I wasn’t flying anymore. They contacted me after finding my profile on a website, so that it wasn’t necessary for me to apply. At first I thought it was a joke made by my friends from Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways being the only airline offering low-fare tickets not only for family, but also for friends. What followed was a Skype interview. After two days, they invited me to a face-to-face interview, sending me an air ticket, the visa and the hotel reservation. Out of the ten Romanian women coming in Dubai for the interview, I was the only one successful. After two weeks, I moved into a studio and started the training.

How long did you work for each airline and how were you promoted?

Oman Air is the airline of my soul. It was there where I have learned everything about culture, religion, mentality and behaviour. I have lived there for three and a half years. But I can honestly say it was thanks to Etihad that I become more mature. They are stricter, but also more respectful. I have been working there for one year and a half. Lastly, Emirates seemed incredibly relaxing to me; I was a different person then, more mature and with some experience behind. Besides, I used to work four days and have the next four days for rest.

At that time, Oman Air didn’t have its own system of promotion. After three tiring months of turnaround flights on a Boeing 737, I have shifted to Airbus 330, which meant flights to Europe and layovers, finally. It was the period when Oman Air was purchasing bigger airplanes, starting its flights to Europe.

Etihad Airways is an airline that cares for your personal development. So after six months, I applied and received the Cabin Senior role, being in charge of the whole Economy Class. My wide experience with Oman surely had a say on it.

In case of Emirates, it is not easy to get promoted, being a ground employee, even already a supervisor. In order to reach the next level, you must speak Arabic. Although I speak, write and read in five different languages, it did not make any difference.

For which one of the airlines did you most enjoy working and why?

I have most enjoyed working for Oman Air, as I had the chance to acquire everything step-by-step. The Omani people are extraordinarily friendly. That is why I have stayed there for three and a half years, starting from the Economy Class and after three months progressing to the premium classes. Wage differences weren’t too big between classes, but this was my opportunity to deal and interact with high society and royalty.

What was your favourite destination and why?

My favourite destination will always be London. I like to call this city “the country with all countries”. In my opinion, like any other big city, London makes it possible for you to experience different cultures, nationalities and various foods. I have long been fascinated by London. From Etihad I received the chance to visit it very often, through the monthly flight schedule which is built on your level of speaking a certain language.

What were your day off activities while living in Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Dubai?

In Muscat you don’t have many possibilities, except clubbing and exploring Oman. I have been hiking, visited oases, slept in a Bedouin tent in the peaceful desert and also found a family, with whom I still keep in touch, even now, after seven years. As for Abu Dhabi, there is a beach and entertainment everywhere; moreover, your cabin crew ID card lets you join all of the clubs and exclusive parties in town. About Dubai, I could say it was made for partying; but, as I had already experienced it, I preferred instead going to the beach or escaping everywhere around the globe for four days.

How would you describe your flight attendant experience at Oman Air?

My experience at Oman Air gave me the confidence I needed to get through all the interviews. I have always felt confident in my knowledge gained there, as well as in my life experience. My advice to both my friends and others who just look at my photos will always be to leave for the Middle East. What you learn there compares to nothing. Some of my happiest moments were those when I was taking by the hand a passenger afraid of flying, saved a life on board, and made someone smile through a small gesture. I could also improvise a vegan menu for someone who couldn’t have meal. I consider it the only possible way to resist tiredness and time zone changes.

Why did you give up flying?

There comes a time in life when you realize you want something else. Personally, I gave up flying because I was dreaming to have my own family and I didn’t want to lose any time. I have seen the world and spent all of my holidays in America, exploring each state one by one. My passport is out of blank pages for visa stamps. I had the opportunity to live an extraordinary life, filled with experiences and lots of things to learn.

How did you feel during your last flight?

This question makes me smile. My first and last flight had been both to Beirut. My colleagues used to nickname me “Dubai – Beirut”, which represented Oman Air’s longest flight; I was flying there at least four or five times a month. So I ended my flight attendant career with a last flight from Abu Dhabi to Beirut. They called me while I was at my base, in home standby, packing to come back home to Romania. I was on call until the very last moment.

How’s life in London, now that you are done with aviation?

Life is what you make it. In London, you have freedom and opportunities to do whatever you want. I don’t work in the aviation field anymore, but as an assistant building manager in an office building, I still get to meet pleasant people of many nationalities. The difference is not so significant, except now I am always on the ground, working from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and having my weekend free.

You can prepare for the upcoming interviews by attending our two day intensive training in Rome. Find more information about the course here. 

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Emirates is recruiting in June and July in Italy

Emirates is recruiting cabin crew in June and July in Italy. The interviews are Open Day, which means that you can participate without any invitation and you do not need to register ahead on the company website.

The dates for recruitment are the following:

  • 15 June, Reggio Calabria, Grand Hotel Excelsior Via Vittorio Veneto, 66,89123-Reggio Calabria, 9:00 AM.
  • 19 June, Milan, Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, Aeroporto Malpensa 2000, Terminal 1, 21010 Ferno (VA), 9:00 AM.
  • 9 July, Rome, Hilton Rome Airport, Via Arturo Ferrarin, 2, 00054 Fiumicino, 9:00 AM.
  • 14 July, Catania, Sheraton Catania Hotel & Conference Centar Via Antonello da Messina 45, Aci Castello, Catania, 95021, 9:00 AM.
  • 30 July, Florence,  Boscolo Hotel Astoria, Via del Giglio, 9, 50123, 9:00 AM.

The Emirates Cabin Crew requirements are:

  • At least 21 years of age at the time of joining 
  •  Arm reach of 212 cm while standing on tiptoes
  • Minimum height of 160 cm
  •  High school graduate (Grade 12)
  •  Fluency in English (Written and Spoken)
  •  No visible tattoos while in Emirates Cabin Crew uniform (cosmetic and bandage coverings not permitted)
  • Physically fit to meet the Emirates Cabin Crew requirements

You can find more details on the company’s website : http://www.emiratesgroupcareers.com/english/

You can prepare for the upcoming interviews by attending our two day intensive training in Rome on 9-10 July. Find more information about the course here. 

Emirates recruitment schedule for May

The Emirates Cabin Crew Recruitment Team conducts international assessments in different countries each month. The list below shows all of our upcoming campaigns in alphabetical order by country.
There are two types of assessment days: Open Days and Invitation Only Days.

Open Days are an opportunity for you to submit your CV to the recruitment team and begin the process of starting your new career with Emirates. If you’ve got what it takes, you’ll be invited to attend the Emirates Cabin Crew screening and assessment process, either the same day, or the following day, depending on the number of candidates in attendance. Final interviews will be scheduled over the course of the same week. It is a great idea, therefore, to plan ahead and have copies of your documents and certificates ready and available.

Invitation Only Days: Assessments are by appointment only. Apply on-line by clicking on the link and they will review your application. If you are shortlisted you will receive an invitation with the date and location of our assessment day.

Algeria, Algiers, 16 May 09:00
*Invitation only

Australia, Adelaide, 09 May, 09:00, Mayfair Hotel, 45 King William Street
*Invitation only

Australia Sydney,09 May, 09:00 Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney, 27 O’Connell Street,
*Invitation only

Belgium, Brussels, 23 May, 09:00 Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19,
*Invitation only

Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sarajevo, May 15 09:00
*Invitation only

Brazil, Rio De Janeiro 09 May, 09:00 Bourbon Premium Residence Barra, Avenida Malibu
*Open Day
Remarks: Preliminary Selections will be done in conjunction with our appointed agency Fly Right International.

Brazil, Rio De Janeiro 30 May, 09:00
*Invitation only
Remarks: Preliminary Selections will be done in conjunction with our appointed agency Fly Right International.

Canada, Vancouver, 31 May, 09:00 The Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Place Way
*Invitation only

China, Chengdu, 28 Apr, 09:00
*Invitation only
Remarks: Preliminary selections will be done in conjunction with our appointed agency FASCO

China, Shanghai, 18 May, 09:00
*Invitation only
Remarks: Preliminary selections will be done in conjunction with our appointed agency FASCO

China, Chongqing, 23 May, 09:00
*Invitation only
Remarks: Preliminary selections will be done in conjunction with our appointed agency FASCO.

Cyprus, Larnaca, 30 May, 09:00
*Invitation Only

Czech Republic, Prague 11 May, 09:00 Dorint Hotel Don Giovanni Prague,Vinohradská 157-a,
*Invitation Only

Czech Republic, Ostrava 16 May, 09:00 Mercure Ostrava Centre, Ceskobratrska 18/1742
*Open Day

Egypt, Cairo, 27 May, 09:00 Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers, Uruba Street, Heliopolis,
*Open Day

Estonia, Tallinn, 30 May, 09:00, Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, Rävala Puiestee 3, Tallinn 10143,
*Open Day

France, Marseille, 16 May, 09:00 Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port Hotel 1 rue Neuve Saint Martin
*Open Day

France, Nantes, 19 May, 09:00, Mercure Nantes Centre Gare50/51 Quai Malakoff,
*Open Day

Germany, Berlin, 23 May, 09:00 Intercontinental Berlin, Budapester Straße 2, 10787,
*Open Day

Germany, Munich, 30 May, 09:00 The Westin Grand Munchen, Arabellastrasse 6, 8
*Open Day

Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 09 May, 09:00 Regal Airport Hotel Meeting; Conference Centre 9 C
*Open Day

Iceland, Reykjavik, 16 May, 09:00 Radisson BLU Saga Hotel, Reykjavik Hagatorg, 107 R

India, Chennai, 09 May, 09:00
*Invitation only
Remarks: Preliminary Selections will be done in conjunction with our appointed agency Frankfinn Management Consultants.

Indonesia, Jakarta, 31 May, 09:00 Hotel Novotel Tangerang Tangcity Superblock, Jl. Jend Sudirman no. 1,
*Invitation only

Ireland, Dublin 23 May, 09:00, Hilton Dublin
*Open Day

Ireland, Cork 30 May, 09:00 The River Lee Hotel Western Road,
*Open Day

Italy, Verona 16 May 15 09:00 Crowne Plaza Verona – Fiera, Via Belgio 16
*Open Day

Italy, Reggio Calabria, 18 May, 09:00 Grand Hotel Excelsior, Via Vittorio Veneto, 66,
*Open Day

Italy, Rome 23 May, 09:00
*Invitation only

Japan, Osaka 18 May 15 09:00
*Invitation only
Remarks:Preliminary Selections will be done in conjunction with our appointed agency Airlige

Lebanon, Beirut, 09 May, 09:00 Sofitel Beirut Le Gabriel, Independence Avenue
*Open Day

Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 30 May, 09:00
*Invitation only

Malta, Malta 16 May, 09:00:

Nepal, Kathmandu 24 May, 09:00
*Invitation only
Remarks: Preliminary selections will be done in conjunction with our appointed agency ARAK Human Resources (Trading as Rainbow overseas)

New Zealand, Auckland 14 May, 09:00 Rendezvous Hotel Auckland, 71 Mayoral Drive,
*Invitation only

Portugal, Porto, 11 May, 09:00
*Invitation only

Portugal, Lisbon, 16 May, 09:00, Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade, Avenida Da Liberdade 127
*Invitation only

Russia, St Petersburg, 16 May, 09:00
*Invitation only
Remarks: Preliminary Selections will be done in conjunction with our appointed agency Global Vision.

Slovenia, Ljubljana, 23 May, 09:00, Plaza Hotel Ljubljana
*Open Day

South Africa, Johannesburg, 16 May, 09:00
*Invitation only

Switzerland, Geneva 09 May,09:00, Starling Hotel and Conference Centre Route, François-Peyrot 34
*Open Day

Thailand, Bangkok, 23 May, 09:00
*Invitation only

Tunisia, Tunis, 23 May, 08:30 IAC Rue des entrepreneurs- Charguia 2 B.P 311
*Open Day
Remarks:Preliminary Selections will be done in conjunction with our appointed agency IAC.

Tunisia, Tunis 30 May, 08:30 IAC Rue des entrepreneurs- Charguia 2 B.P 311 TUNIS, Cedex 1080
*Open Day
Remarks:Preliminary Selections will be done in conjunction with their appointed agency IAC.

Tunisia, Tunis, 13 June, 09:00
*Invitation only
Remarks: Preliminary Selections will be done in conjunction with their appointed agency IAC

Turkey, Istanbul, 09 May, 09:00 The Marmara Pera, Mesrutiyet Cad Tepebasi
*Open Day

UK, London Heathrow, 30 Apr, 10:00 London Heathrow Airport Marriot Hotel,Bath Road, Hayes,
*Open Day

UK, Leeds, 02 May, 09:00, Leeds Marriott Hotel 4 Trevelyan Square Boar Lane
*Open Day

UK, London, 20 May, 09:00 I
*Invitation only

UK, Manchester, 27 May, 09:00
*Invitation only

USA, Atlanta, 30 May, 09:00, Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel866 W. Peachtree Street, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30308,
*Invitation only
Remarks: Please note the date for this event has changed.

USA, Los Angeles, 30 May, 09:00 Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach 3635 Fashion Way, Torrance
*Invitation only

 More information here.

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Paul Tufescu – from church painter to cabin crew

Paul Tufescu, apparently a shy young man, amazed me during a flight with his wide smile and availability to help everybody on board, colleagues included. While working as a church painter in Moldavia, for the love of flying, Paul gave up his job, to join a so-called women’s world, as a cabin crew.

Paul, please tell us about the period when you were a cabin crew at Qatar Airways and also about how the recruitment interview was conducted?

The period in which the first 8 Romanians came to Qatar Airways, in 2003, was a memorable one, considering that I had the chance to be a part of one of the most beautiful stages of this company’s evolution. Why do I say memorable? Because I had the most beautiful flight schedule anyone would have dreamt of during his cabin crew career, with 11 days of layover in Shanghai, 7 days in Singapore, 9 in Bangkok, 5 in Casablanca, 4 in Paris and so on.

During the 7 years spent there, I used to work about 22, 23 days a month with 7 or 8 days off and 30 days of annual leave, which could be used all at once or whenever needed. There have been ups and downs, but what matters most is the personality of the one that interprets the experience. I’ll say that I have always been guided by my flying passion and the desire to do everything as it should be done.

I had my recruitment interview in Dubai. There were about 250 candidates and recruiting officer was the current Manager of the Cabin Crew Department, Saliy Karunanayke, at that time, Deputy Manager of the Cabin Crew Department. The first phase of the interview was the candidates’ introduction. Each had to come forward and present themselves (name, age, occupation, hobbies and why they would like to be a cabin crew). After eliminations, the written English test followed, a very easy one, considering that it consisted of filling in verbs or given words in a text, and finally writing an essay. Then there was a 15 minutes break… “in case anyone wants to smoke”, a recruiter was observing those who were smoking … and after the break another round of eliminations followed, those who smoked being on the list!After that we have been divided into groups and have been given a hypothetical situation, a shipwreck on an island for my group: what would we do first, once arrived on that island. After the elimination of some other participants, the face-to-face interview with Mr. Saliy followed, who, after convincing himself that my English was good, started looking out of the window, asking me what each building was, who occupied it, and concluded with asking me when would I be able to join their team. Since I had to give the company I was working fort a minimum of 30 days resignation warning, Qatar Airways informed me that I will be given an answer within 2 weeks. And it was a favourable one.

What were you thinking of when landing?

When landing … I may say there are 2 answers: when landing in other countries, most of the time I was thinking about what I should do during my stay in that country: where to go, what to visit, if I had any friends there, and so on. When landing in Doha, most of the time my first thought was to take a good nap, message my parents to let them know everything was fine, then check my roster for the things to be done during the following days, meet some friends, arrange some permit if I was planning to travel on my own and so on.

Have you ever faced any alarming situations in Doha or during your flights?

Alarming situations, allow me to tell you, I had plenty !!!
On a flight Doha-Milan-Rome, we had a snake on board of the plane, which gave me a little headache because, as I was speaking Italian, being forced to make the emergency announcements, I had one of the leading roles, next to the snake :). “Snakes on a Plane” is still a catchy story inside the company.
During two other flights, this time to the DAC (Dakha, Bangladesh) and to LHR (London) I had to handcuff passengers … I would need an entire day to tell you these stories and I would drain my laptop’s battery to tell them in detail. To cut it short, for the London flight, my action was justified by the fact that a Pakistani passenger tried to touch one of my colleague’s private parts. On another flight, this time to MUC (Munich) we had to give first aid to an elder woman who was in an acute alcohol poisoning state.

After all these stories you have told me, it seems futile to ask you if you consider yourself to be a brave person …
No, it’s not futile. As a cabin crew, of course you have to be brave. I think anyone who dares to fly should know that it is a nice, special job, but that it also has risks. Acknowledged risks have advantages and disadvantages; travel isn’t everything, to know for sure everything you need to do, at any given moment, and put these things into practice, makes the difference between someone who is touring the world on a plane and someone who came to do their job. I met a lot of cabin crew members who chose this job to travel the world, without concern for their work but I also met people who understand that this is still a job to be done well, not only to be used as a travel agency.

After the experience with Qatar Airways you preferred working for the Emirates Airline, on a ground staff position, and then again as a cabin crew  for Flydubai. What did the ground staff job imply?

Indeed, at the Emirates I have worked for 2 years at the Ground Staff Department. And it was something special. I have to confess that, at the Emirates, there was the best management team I have ever had! It had nothing to do with the Qatar Airways period, and all the rules they had there. Everything is exquisite compared to Qatar Airways. While I worked for them, I held 2 positions. Six months a year working at the contact centre (Call Centre) and another 6 months as a tour guide, both positions at the Emirates because it is a big company and has many departments, a Tourism Department included. My experience as a tour guide was nice, I had about 50 tourists daily, taking them to visit all of the 7 emirates here and after that I had to perform another type of customer service, this time on the telephone, for the other remaining 6 months.
For my work I was given an Excellence in Customer Service Award.

Did you miss the flying days at Emirates Airlines as ground staff?

Of course I missed flying and so I found a second home with the people from Flydubai, a fast-growing company, a company that finally gives me the opportunity to have my dream job, the cabin crew one, back, with turnaround flights (back and forth at the base on the same day) and a very simple role, but giving me the chance to be at home every day (Dubai), the kind of company that is suitable for families, although I’m still not married.

The flight virus, luckily, brought me back on board! Once you fly for so many years it’s not easy to quit flying, obviously I started applying for other companies for the flight attendant position and was back on board as soon as opportunity arose … Flight is an incurable “disease”!

Join us on an exclusive 4 day training course. We’ll share everything you need to know to pass the cabin crew interview stages, we will edit your perfect CV and take professional pictures for your online application. At the end of the course, you will be fully prepared for the interview. Book your seat now!