Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Four day trip to Antigua!

On Friday, I had the pleasure of another long-haul flight. This time, | was off to Antigua! Once again, the nerves set in and I sat in the briefing room quietly shitting my pants. There was no need to worry though (no matter how many flights I go on, I’m a worrier, so I don’t think that will ever go away). The crew were really nice and for the first time on long-haul, I was put in Club. 

When you join BA, you realise everything is based on seniority: how long you have been at the company. Everything down from the position you are working on the aircraft, bidding for flights, what meals are in the oven for crew, to hotel rooms, there is an order. If you are like me and joined less than a month ago, you get to pick last for pretty much everything! 

I was quite surprised that even though I was last to pick a position on board, I was left with a position in Club World. I was to work with the Cabin Manager which suited me as I got a lot of guidance and support along the way! I thought my flight out went ok. At times I felt like a lemon because I am still not used to the different service and the preparations on board. The galley is a very complex place! I had the urge to take photos, so I could go back and study where everything was (yes that sounds very sad) but I was reassured that it was normal to feel like that now and that in a few months I’ll be reaching for things and won’t even have to think about it. But for the moment, it’s all very overwhelming. 

Since the others knew what they were doing, they were quick to get things done which left me hanging around the galley, getting in everyones way. The awkwardness was well…very awkward! However, once the service started, I got into the swing of things. I wouldn’t say that I did a perfect job. I mean, there were a couple of passengers that may have gotten Champagne instead of Chablis. The flight was loud ok! I told them I was new and all was forgiven. Phew! Other than that, I think I did alright. The crew reassured me after that they wouldn’t have known I had never worked in Club before and that I seemed confident. I guess looks can be deceiving, because I definitely did not feel confident in the slightest!! We had a full flight, so the time went by quickly. Before I knew it, it was time to disembark. We got to the hotel and had a nice evening chatting in the crew lounge.

Unfortunately, we had a shuttle the next day to St Kitts, so we didn’t have much time to do anything that day.  Because the shuttle was so short (20minutes), my Cabin Manager and the Flight Crew let me go in the flight deck for take off and landing. IT WAS AMAZING. By the time we got back, it was the evening. Although the crew were lovely, there was no-one I felt like I really connected with. The chat was more general talk, rather than finding out bits about each other and the crew were too varied in personalities, that no-one really suggested to do anything together.

This meant that the next day, I spent most of the day sitting on the beach reading by myself. To be honest, this was exactly what I needed. Sometimes it is nice to have some alone time, to fully relax without having to worry about the wants and needs of others. In a job where you are constantly surrounded by people, it is nice to be able to take a break from that. 

And just like that, my time was up in Antigua. Our night flight home ended up being delayed by two hours, so we didn’t get into gatwick until 11am. Luckily, as it was a night flight, most of the passengers spent the flight sleeping so I wasn’t too exhausted from their demands haha. By the time I was back in England, I was buzzing. I had completed another long-haul flight, and was on my way home for two days!

I am back at Gatwick tomorrow though for an overnight-stop in Jersey. Hopefully the weather will be good to me! Wish me luck :) 

Speak soon,

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