In August 2008, with the spiralling global oil price, Emirates froze all recruitment of non operational staff. Then, in February 2009 with the world global finances in free fall. It seems that (I don’t think it was officially announced) EK froze all recruitment and in house promotion (up grades to Buisness class ect). The company has taken a very pro active approach to falling passenger demand due to the global economic downturn, and will hopefully survive to see things improve. Further to the above developments, in April 2009 Emirates has also offered unpaid leave for periods of one to six months to cabin crew. The hope was that up to 700 from among its cabin crew work force of 12,000 would volunteer to take leave beginning in May of 2009. Many have done this, and for the cabin crew that remain, there hours have gone up. That is better for flying pay, but tiring for the staff involved.
This month should have been a standby month, but much to her surprise she got a roster! In a very fast turnaround, as soon as she got back from LAX she was off to JFK.