Thursday, 29 November 2007

Malta Layover....

Hey everyone!

I got back from my 2 day Malta layover early hours this morning, really tired now!! It was a really good trip, good flight on the way over there, it was via larnaca (Cyprus), so 3 and half hours there and 2 half hours from there to Malta. I felt alot more confident and because it wasnt a quick turnaround i could actually have time to chat with the passengers more! When we got there it was about 2pm, so we checked in, got our allowance which was about 75 british pounds...55 maltese lira. Then a few of us went to stroll around the shops near the hotel and have coffee and cake! I brought mum a fridge magnet and a little souviner for the apartment. We went back to the hotel after to get ready to go out that evening, we were staying at the Intercontinental...very nice.

We met some of the others that night for dinner, went to a nice italian restaurant and by 10pm i felt like a zombie and im still not sure how i was keeping my eyes open! so we all went back to the hotel to get some sleep.
The next day a few of us got a bus to Valetta (the city) and we walked around there, had some lunch, shopped a bit, i found miss selfridge!! (the uk store) so i got a couple of bargains! We went to the Palace, we had a private tour around it because we were having our pictures taken with the army gurads and one of them was really nice and offered to take us round and not charge us to get in!
Then we needed a coffee boost so stopped off to watch the maltese world go by while munching on a cake! again!
After Valetta we got back on the bus and went to salima on the way back. We just went to a few shops for a look round, there was a marks and spencers so i got a couple of bottles of wine and some yummy shortbread.
That evening we went out for a meal at a nice restaurant on the bay before going to a bar and onto a club. We were back about 1am and then were picked up for the bus at 1250pm to go to the airport. I picked up some more wine at duty free off we went.
The flight from larnaca to Dubai was full so we were very busy on the way back, but i still enjoyed it, but was very tired!

Friday, 23 November 2007

Graduation and supy flights.....

Well i am now officially a flight attendant!! i graduated last Thursday 15th and im so pleased my training is over with!! So to celebrate we all went out for a nice meal with our service trainers to Sevilles, a really nice tappas restaurant in wafi center, in the pyramids. We all got our facecards on graduation, which if i havent told u already gives us good discounts on various restaurants, bars, hotel gyms etc. So we used the facecard to get our discount...50% off! yey...maybe i will save some money here! Anyway it was a really good night which ended up in Zinc....otherwise known as stink!! its a bit of a dive, but everyone goes there for graduation because emirates arranges free drinks for us.

So my first supy (training) flight was to Karachi on Sunday 18th, was an ok flight, very quick service, give the meal then collect it and land, but the passengers are very demanding wanting whiskey or beer all the time. I got to sit in the cockpit on take off and landing which was really good!

My second supy flight was to Karachi again! yesterday...22nd. It was again very quick but i did prefer it this time i think because the crew were helping me more and the purser and sfs were really friendly and fun going. I still kinda feel a bit lost in the galley of where to put things and get things from but im told that will come in time.

So my next flights??....

Well i was on can use, which is like standby but they let you know the day before if you have a flight. But i called up to get it changed into rostered flights, just so i know what im doing. They dont always do it but i got a nice guy who said since im new he would change it.

So he gave me a Bahrain which is a very quick turn around (even quicker than karachi), thats tomorrow morning - 24th. Then a day off on Sunday and on Monday a Malta....2 day layover yey! ive never been there before but im told its very nice with a nice pretty harbour. Apparently its quite a sought after flight with it being a 2 day layover. I found out we stay at the Intercontinental Hotel, which ive searched on the internet and found it looks veerrrry nice! i will be taking my swim suit and gym kit to take full advantage!! i think its about 20 degrees there at the moment which is quite nice to explore the place. I get back from malta early hours of Thursday morning and im on another Karachi flight on Friday morning!!! i have no idea why they insist on putting me on Karachi flights all the time!!

Im very excited to get my December hoping i will get a few days off together around xmas or new year so i can see Gav, but i think i will be very lucky if i get them. I bidded for them but im sure alot of people did the same. I also bidded for a Seychelles and a Auckland and Singpore, but im not on top bid this month so will see.

Basically everyone is in a group and im in group 5 and each month one group is on top bid which means they will more than likely get what they bid for. There are 7 groups and this month im at position 5. When your at position 7 your on standby, but it goes downward so next month i will be position 4.

My flatmates are both leaving in December, Lucy is going on 6th December and Shaz is going on 12th December so im moving into Lucy's room which is the ensuite and private balcony, the bathroom is my colours too! natural beiges etc. I just need to hand the forms into accommodation to let them know and they need to confirm back to me.

So im hoping i will get some nice flatmates! if its abinitio (which are the ones in training ie was me a week ago!) then i dont get a say and they just let me know im getting a new flatmate but if its not abinitio then i get a say, like they will come and look round and meet me and if i dont think we will get on or whatever then i can say no to them.

So over the last few days ive been making the apartment nice, like the living room is lovely now thanks to Ikea! and ive been throwing out old stuff in the kitchen and just generally being a Monica! As mum knows only too well though i hate clutter!! it clutters up my head!

I got internet installed in the apartment too and also showtime (like sky) so its more homely now. I cant wait to get some nice ornaments from all over the world, like when people go to nairobi they buy the big girrafs (sorry my spelling is shocking!)

Friday, 9 November 2007

Update.....first week of service over


Well, the first week of service is now over and im on my last week hopefully providing i get through the last couple of exams and assessments and the mock up i will have graduated on Thursday! yey!!
I found out my first suppy flights are to Karachi, they are like still in training flights and always a quick turn around flight. My first is on Sunday 18th!arh! and then next one is on 22nd. Then im not sure what my rosta is yet for the start of my fully fledged cabin crew flights, should find out this week.
Service is fun but also alot to learn as usual!! we had our first mock up yesterday where we had to serve real plane foodin the simulator and do the whole service, we were all dead nervous and running round like headless chickens gettng stressed about what needs to be done and the questons the trainers were asking us!

Gav came last weekend and it was so great, we had a great time and i miss him loads already! He spoilt me rotten, got me a mobile, laptop, perfume, speakers for me laptop and more!
He arrived on the weds night and we just cilled out with a take away cuz i had an exam in the morning for first aid, so thursday afternoon when i came home we went to the mall, had lunch with a couple of his friends and it was overlooking the ski dubai in the mall. We went out for a few drinks that night. Friday we went to an all you can eat and drink buffet, was a good laugh, gav was up on the karaoke!
Saturday we went to get my laptop and then watched the football andthen went to Madanet area for a romantic meal, was well nice, we had to get a boat to the restaurant and had great views of the Burj.

Well im going to post a couple of pics for ya now....if i can!!

Update again soon, Lis xxx