Sunday, 31 July 2011

Air Emirates, Crew Roster April 2011.

2011 is passing at such a rate, I can not believe that it is April already.
 The DXB-SIN-BNE-SIN-DXB trip had started on the 30th March and ran into April, finishing on the 4th April 2011. It was a long trip and flying every day, so the Days Off on 4th/5th/6th of April were needed.
Then it was off to Australia again, this time leaving on the 7th April at 08:50 on EK 418, Dubai to Bangkok, landing at 19:50.
8 April at 19:50 Bangkok to Sydney, landing at 08:45 the next day.
10 April, EK418/419, a turnaround to Christchurch. Leaving Sydney at 09:45, getting to Christchurch at 14:20, then back to Sydney at 15:55 arriving at 18:15.
12 April at 19:15 Sydney to Bangkok arriving at 01:40. then the final leg, leave Bangkok at 02:40 on 14 April arriving into Dubai at 06:15. This is a 9 day trip and with the time changes you fly almost every day. It is very tiring. However, lucky with her timings, and was in Bangkok for the
Songkran Festival. This is a national celebration of the traditional Thai New Year. Songkran marks the beginning of a new solar year and the summer season in Thailand. Traditionally, families and friends celebrate Songkran by visiting temples and splashing water on each other to wish each other good luck. Over the years, it’s evolved into a nationwide water fight and an excuse to travel and party. Most employers let their staff take time off over Songkran, so its almost a Public Holiday. During this time Bangkok becomes almost traffic free. With one of the biggest Bangkok Songkran parties happening in the Khao San Road. hopefully it will be a lucky 2011?

I don't know who is planning the rota in the office, but I dont think this rota is  lucky, or healthy, to only have 2 days off the do a DXB- MCT-DXB, then a DXB-BEY-DXB! Anyway, not likeing the look of that and swapped them to a DXB-MAN-DXB on the 18 and 19 April. Come home to sleep...........and sleep is needed this month as the next flight, on Good Friday was a Dubai-Munich - Dubai and because it was Easter the hotel left
Hot Cross buns and Easter Eggs! How nice.
Finally, to finish off a very busy month on the 28 April, it was a Dubai to LAX on EK 217. No jaunts to Las Vegas this time. The crew hired a car and took a trip out to Six Flags Magic Mountain north of Los Angeles.

for a day of Roller coaster action. EK 218 on 30 April was a long duty block of 17 Hours and 10 mins back to Dubai.
All in all April was a busy month, total flight time of 105:14 hours and total duty time of 129:20 hours. That's a lot when you are changing time zones, so if your Emirates Cabin Crew look a little weary when asking you if you would like Chicken or Fish? ask them how many flights have they flown in the last few weeks and to where! 

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Las Vegas. March 2011, EK 215.

The Luxor Hotel
 Emirates have been flying a Boeing 777-200LR from Dubai to Los Angeles since 2008. This is a long flight, 16 hours and 30 minutes nonstop. They seem to be occurring more and more on the rota and in March there it was again. So let’s face it, DXB-LAX-DXB has become a grind, to escape such monotony why not pack your bags, channel your inner Showgirl, and head to Vegas for some glitz, glamour and good times, baby! So with a spontaneous throw of the fuzzy dice, it was time to indulge in the great American pastime … The Road Trip.
Starting point Dubai, EK 215 DXB 08.20- arrive in LAX at 12.50.
Check in to crew hotel, hire a car. It's less than 300 miles between the City of Angels and the City of Sin. The traffic was not bad and a mere four hours later she saw a beam of light. The Luxor light.  And, as Americans know,  when you see the strong beam of light coming out of the top of the Luxor pyramid, shooting into the sky, you know you're about to finally hit Vegas. It was the right location to head for as that was where a room had been booked, for the incredible price of $25.00 per night.
A short power nap later it was time to hit the Strip. and in the words of Franks daughter; 'Are you ready Boots? Then....Lets Walk........'

The Bellagio Fountains were as awsome as legend has it, they dance half-hour between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and every 15 minutes from then 'til midnight, the 8.5-acre lake in the middle of the desert explodes with 1,214 spritzers shooting water up to 460 feet in the air — the water rockets and dances, perfectly choreographed to Frank Sinatra or Gene Kelly or "One Singular Sensation" from A Chorus Line. You gotta love it!
The New York roller coaster was ridden around New York. Paris, Venice, Ceasers and the MGM lions all seen. The White Chapel visited and downtown Vegas Lights experienced in all their glory. 
Time did not allow for pool party's, fine dining, the Liberace Museum or a show. And all to soon it was time to hit the road and drive a sleepy ride back to LA. AT 15.15 the next day it was time to check in for EK216 LAX to DXB 15 hours and 45 minutes (and one day) later at 19.45. the next day was a 'rest day', it was needed!