Your Cabin Crew Questions Answered

This week I was going to write about my layover in Munich, Germany, but I got pulled off the flight and ended up operating a turnaround to Malé, Maldives. SO, instead of that, I thought it would be cool to answer some of the questions you guys have been asking me on social media about what it’s like to be Cabin Crew with Emirates. (Note: I will be adding questions like this once a month to my Q&A page here).

1. Why did you move to Dubai to become Cabin Crew with Emirates?

There are many reasons why I chose to move to Dubai and become Cabin Crew with Emirates. In short, I saw it as an opportunity to travel the world, experience different cultures, live abroad and meet new people from around the globe.

One of my favourite quotes in life is ‘in the end you only regret the chances you didn’t take,’ so when I received my golden call after having applied twice, I felt as though I had to accept the position. In my eyes, it was fate. You can read all about my experience with the Emirates application process here.

2. How much time do you get to spend in other countries when you are flying?

The length of a layover depends on multiple factors such as aviation regulations, the scheduled departure time/arrival time of an aircraft, the destination itself and sometimes even the weather! Cabin Crew usually get around 24 hours, but again it depends on the above. The longest layover I’ve had was 32 hours and the shortest one was 16 hours.

3. Did you go to school to become a flight attendant?

No. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have any experience in aviation to become Cabin Crew with Emirates. The airline teaches you everything you need to know at the Aviation College in Dubai.

For example, I have a BA Hons. degree in Political Science and Health Studies from McMaster University, as well as a postgraduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College. -No aviation experience at all! 🙂

Got a question for me? You can leave a comment below or send me a message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I can’t respond to everyone individually but please know that I do read everything you send to me and appreciate your support!

Next Stop: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Happy International Flight Attendant Day!

Working as a flight attendant for a major airline can be a glamorous and exciting job, but it is also one that comes with a great deal of responsibility.

The safety and comfort of our passengers is always paramount. In fact, we undergo months of training to ensure we can handle any situation that arises onboard. From security to first aid, we do more than serve food and beverages on our flights!

Today we recognize this.

To my fellow crew, thank you for all that you do! 🙂

#‎UnitedByWings‬

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

June Roster

My roster for the month of June is out! I’ll be flying to:

  • Munich, Germany
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Washington, United States
  • Rome, Italy
  • Karachi, Pakistan (turnaround)
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom

I have never been to Malaysia or Italy, so I’m really looking forward to these destinations the most!

Continue to fly with me on social media:

Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Layover Life: Month of May

My apologies for the lack of updates in May! I applied for my annual leave this month, and had the opportunity to visit my friends and family back in Canada for two weeks.

All full-time Emirates employees are entitled to paid annual leave. The number of working hours of this time provided per calendar year is related to our job grade. As Cabin Crew, we get about 30 days a year and a round trip ticket home courtesy of the airline.

Over the course of the two weeks I spent a lot of my time between cities in Southern Ontario. This included London where I was born and raised, Hamilton where I attended University and Toronto where I was working before moving to Dubai.

One of my favourite memories from my journey home was celebrating the Victoria Day May 2-4 long weekend with some of my old classmates at a friend’s cottage in Fenelon Falls. I love the city life, but nothing beats Ontario cottage country this time of year!

Despite all of this excitement, I’m looking forward to returning to the skies! My roster for the month of June will be out in the next couple of days and I can’t wait to share it with you.

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Layover Life: Mahé, Seychelles

This hidden paradise was one of the best layovers I’ve had so far! Although it was only 14 hours in length, I still had the opportunity to explore the place.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Seychelles, it is composed of 115 islands and is located in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. I refer to it as a hidden paradise because I find not a lot of people know about it. At least, I didn’t until I was rostered to operate this flight!

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Your typical ‘Cabin Crew tourist’ photo from the resort.

There are many beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves to enjoy in Seychelles, but most of the crew decided that the best way to spend our time here would be on the resort. From the plane, we went directly to brunch before tanning, swimming and playing games together on the beach.

My favourite part of the entire trip was when I went for a walk along the shoreline with another Canadian crew that I met on the flight. The views we took in together were breathtaking. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like them before!

Following this little adventure, I went back to hotel to catch a quick nap before the flight back to Dubai. I really wish I could’ve spent more time here, so I’m adding it to my list of places that I need to go back and visit!

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Views from Seychelles!

If you go: Spend more then 14 hours there! lol

Next stop: Beirut, Lebanon (turnaround)

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Layover Life: London, England

This week, I had the pleasure of operating a flight to London, England! There is so much to do in this city, but I decided to use my time visiting an old friend from university.

We met for a quick brunch a Early Bird, a cafe located steps away from Chalk Farm Underground station (on the Northern Line Edgware Branch). They serve fresh sandwiches, salads and really nice breakfast foods. I opted for the ham and cheese panini, which was beautifully presented, freshly made and very tasty. The environment was nice too- laid back and comfortable. These are my favourite types of places to eat!

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Brunch at Early Bird in London, England.

Afterwards, we ventured to both Primrose Park and Regent’s Park. Primrose Park offers a clear view of central London (visible from Primrose Hill located inside of it) and was full of residents out and about enjoying the warm weather.

Regent’s Park is significantly larger. It is 166 hectares in size, with a wide range of facilities and amenities including gardens, a lake, waterfowl and a boating area, sports pitches, and children’s playgrounds.

We spent the majority of our time in the Avenue Gardens admiring the flowers and  Victorian-style planting.

I didn’t do much more than this, because our layover was only 24 hours and I had to take a nap prior to my flight back to Dubai. I have a feeling that I’ll be back soon though!

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Your typical “I’m in London, England” photo.

If you go: The parks are beautiful but tend to be busy on the weekends. Try to go during the week to avoid the crowds!

Next stop: Mahé, Seychelles!

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Layover Life: Harare, Zimbabwe

This month I finally got to go to Africa! I’ve never been, so you can imagine how excited I was. Emirates flies to Harare, Zimbabwe on the Boeing 377, and we stop at Lusaka, Zambia on the way (two flights in one day). It’s a long shift, but the destination is beautiful and totally worth the hours in the sky.

I had a really great crew, and after we settled into our hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe, some of us went to dinner together. I really like it when we are able to do this, but it doesn’t always happen for a number of reasons. Usually Cabin Crew like to use their layover to rest, and I really don’t blame them! But, being young and adventurous, I always try to get out and about when I can on layovers.

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We were able to get within metres of the animals, but they’re still wild so touching them is prohibited.

This time around, I was able to convince some of Cabin Crew to join me on the Mukuvisi Woodland Horse Riding safari tour. I always do my research first when it comes to reserves and animals living in captivity- and the wildlife here is well taken care of. The animals roam free on a huge plot of land and tourists are prohibited from touching them.

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Lesson from a giraffe: Aim high, stand tall, keep your feet on the ground with your head above it all.

Giraffes are my favourite animals, and I can’t describe to you how happy I was when I got to sit on horseback within metres of them. They are the most gentle of all creatures and walk with such beauty and grace. I could go on and on, but I’ll stop there!

This was one of my favourite layovers by far. There was one point on the tour where all of us went quiet, and all you could hear was silence and tranquility. It’s moments like this that make me realize how fortunate I am. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to travel the world!

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Africa wasn’t as hot as Dubai, believe it or not! Leggings and a poncho were the perfect combo for this adventure.

If you go: The safari tour was a lot of fun. It was $33 USD and lasted for about two hours.

Next stop: Mahé, Seychelles

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.