If you’re interested in learning more about what it’s like to be a flight attendant in general, how the job functions, or how to apply for a position, read this post for my responses.
First of all, everything in the course—coursebooks, lectures, programs, assessments, etc.—was in English. Although it was soᴍᴇᴛʜing new to me, I did Exᴛʀᴇᴍᴇʟʏ well in my English language study. Being a flight attendant for a 5-star airline like Qᴀᴛᴀʀ Airways put a lot of pressure on me to perform well, which made the job itself challenging. It should be noted, though, that it was a fantastic profession and wonderful to travel the world while getting paid for it.
Men lived in separate buildings, while women lived in separate buildings. Alcohol consumption was prohiBɪᴛᴇd for 12 hours before to flights because you had to submit to an alcohol test to ensure that you had no alcohol in your system. You also needed to have a full day of rest at home before a flight. At that time, you weren’t even allowed to leave your residence.
Depending on the flight type and location I had on my calendar, it varied greatly from month to month. If I took long-haul flights to the United States, South America, or Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀ, I might have flown once or twice each week, or if there were frequent short flights to Dubai, I might have flown three times per week. As I indicated, it may vary significantly from month to month. Then there is the training that you must complete a few days a year, which means that you might miss a week of flying in order to have time to prepare for the training and to recover before the subsequent flight.
I took a lot of days off; occasionally, I would have four days off straight following a flight that required me to be gone for two days. After a lengthy journey, you typically have at least 2 to 3 days off to allow your body to adjust to the time change and recuperate from jet lag.
About an hour prior to the start of your check-in, you put on your uniform and are picked up by a minibus that is also picking up other members of the cabin staff. The crew is assembled in the briefing room to discuss today’s flight when you enter the “office,” where you record your presence on a computer.
You attend a briefing for around 40 minutes during which everyone introduces themselves and is given an aeroplane seat, which serves as your place of employment for that flight. Once the complete crew for that flight had been gathered, we then proceeded to the aircraft in a different minibus. Everyone boards the aircraft and occupy their designated seat. Then you simply wait for the passengers to arrive before starting your perforᴍᴀɴce during the trip after setting up your station and getting ready for everyone! After a flight, you check out on the same computer at the office and wait for a minibus to take you to the apartment that Qᴀᴛᴀʀ Airways has given you.
Let’s see Day in the life of Qᴀᴛᴀʀ Airways Cabin Crew in the ᴀᴡᴇsome video below.
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