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Amazing Cabin Crew lifestyles

Can you picture yourself doing any of this?! Get inspired with some real life cabin crew stories-

Amy, Emirates

‘I was called out of the Standby lounge on the second month Emirates started flying to Rio De Janeiro which was on February 18th 2012. Once I arrived in the pre-flight Briefing Room I realised just how exciting the flight and trip would be- we were all going to be there for the famous Rio de Janeiro Carnival! I spent two days in Rio before flying on to Buenos Aires. I had the time of my life, sipping drinks from Coconuts on Copacabana beach whilst the whole City came alive with Music, Costumes, Dancing, BBQ’s- it was one huge celebration! Let’s just say, the Brazilians know how to party!’


Charlie, British Airways

‘When I transferred to long haul, my first trip was a 7 day to Nassau (Bahamas). It really felt like a holiday, the crew were all lovely and we met every day to either sunbathe on the beach or go sightseeing. We went to Atlantis on one of the days which I loved as I’ve always wanted to go there. It was so nice sitting on the beach in the evening, watching the sun go down, having a few drinks with my new friends. We had to do 3 shuttles during the trip which only took a few hours in the morning, so we were back in the afternoon and we got to see a few of the smaller islands.

I really enjoyed learning about other cultures, especially ones from Africa and India. Getting to see parts of the country that most people don’t get to see, even deprived areas, gives you a real insight into how people live. There are lots of opportunities to do charity work as well, even if it’s taking supplies to donate to orphanages, projects to help the poor and street children or even the elephant orphanage who are always after infant milk formula!

During my time on short haul, I’ve seen some amazing sights, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain in Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Lake Geneva, gone up a mountain in Zurich, done most of the winter markets in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, the Ramblas in Barcelona, experienced Bastille Day in Marseilles, walked along the canals in Venice and visited the Vatican. It’s so nice to be able to get everyday shopping and special one off things from all over the world and to be able to sample the local cuisines and see all the sights, whilst staying in luxury hotels.

I probably have two favourite destinations which are Hong Kong and Singapore. I love the tropical climate and the fact that they are so bustling and lively and keep going through the night (which is good when your body clock is a little off!). Hong Kong has some great markets where you can get some great bargains and local souvenirs and loads of great places to eat. The view from the peak and going to see the Big Buddha on Lantau are a must!’

Julie, British Airways

‘I attended a Go Cabin Crew course about two years ago and I’m now crew for British Airways. My flying career is going great but I’ve had a few hiccups along the way; I was crew on the BA2276 aircraft that caught fire on the runway in Vegas & we had to evacuate!’

About Hannah Vallance

Hannah is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist specialising in recruitment, selection and assessment. This means she designs and assesses at selection days just like the ones airlines use, which is pretty handy experience for Go Cabin Crew!

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