I heard that the A380 was being sent to BHX in conjunction with the new EK lounge opening and the airport's 70th anniversary, rather than a regular scheduled flight, which I assume will stay at 2x daily B777-300?
Watching the horse racing on telly at the weekend, EK were sponsoring some of the races at Newbury and I noticed that when the trophies were presented to the connections of the winners, there were many girls adorned in EK cabin Crew uniforms assisting with the presentations.
I was wondering if they were actual EK cabin crew or non CC with EK uniforms?
If they were actually Emirates employees, how were they selected to perform their duties at the racecouse (internal competitions, favourable appraisals etc?) and (hopefully) did they get the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality that was undoubtedly on offer?
I apologise if this question has been previously answered, however a search did not provide any answers.
Given that the crew you see in the Emirates promotional events are actual cabin crew, how about those featured in the print and video advertisements around the world? Or in another Emirates material, like the "Welcome Aboard" screen on the IFE, or the starting page for the ICE system (that lady has been plastered everywhere!), or that huge billboard in T3 that says "Welcome to our New Home"?
Looks like some of us crew had a brillant end to their reserve in the month of May.
Emirates as the official parter airline of FIFA soccer chartered a 777-200LR for over 200 FIFA officials from Dubai to the BAHAMAS .... yes that's right .... the BAHAMAS!! EK5201 on 31 May
Looks like the lucky crew that operated this flight get 84 HOURS in the BAHAMAS!! .... yes that's right ... 4 days!!
But for all of us here slaving away on another night time BLR or BOM turnaround flight, please remember not to open the bottle of wines and juices unless requested by the customer, and once the flight is over remember to restow those unused giveaway items .... every dirham counts!
I think we should also add that it is very ironic how some of those lucky few who were sent on this 84-hour holiday had so many "Absents" on their roster and yet still be considered for such a prestigious trip.
Hey guys! Where have you all disappereared to? Everyone taken unpaid leave? No news from anyone in a while. Anyone been to the latest business forum? Any interesting news? Heard a rumour that some Grade 2 crew got sacked after a flight to JNB. Anyone else who has heard about this?
Whatever you may hear can only be gossip, most the crew are depressed, treated like maids and for sure not a good company to work for since the latest way to cull the amount of crew is to fire them for any reason, rather than identifying their lack of motivation or giving them unpaid leave like EK, I highly recommend EK which is a crew friendly company.
Crew at EY are not treating like maids. Yes the rules here are strict...offloading from the flights for any reason (reporting late,or without a valid document) and many other things. But this is something crew have to do. They just have to adapt to the rules here. Okay not everything here is perfect like anywhere else. At least they have a job and still crew don't really appreciate what they have. Accomodation is good, money as well. For the job they do with sometimes lots of days off they are lucky to work for EY these days with this situation in the world
AINI. You have not had the pleasure of working for one of Europes national carriers. If you compared the working and employee conditions of EK and others in the middle east, they would seem like beeing treated as maids.
On the other hand unless you are proffessional in the middle east you are treated like a second class citizen.
I have met crew who work for middle eastern carriers all over the world. A lot of them are amazing people who are young and want a bit of fun, which plays into the companies hand. As these individuals do not see it as a career unlike the crew who work for, LH,BA,AF,KLM etc.
I think EY gives us great benefits! I haven't worked for a Western carrier yet but you can't ignore the fact that all the negative news stories/articles about the F/As working for them (especially American carriers). I wouldn't be surprised to hear that EY crew are more secure in their job that any other airline (just as long as they are competent and on-time, heh). EY F/As were recently given the opportunity to take unpaid leave during a limited period, but unlike other airlines it was strictly OPTIONAL and not forced upon them.
As these individuals do not see it as a career unlike the crew who work for, LH,BA,AF,KLM etc.
I used to think exactly that, particularly as the average age of an F/A in a Middle Eastern or Gulf-based airline is typically much younger than the norm; there is no retirement package etc. But the longer I fly the more crew I meet that DO see EY as a valid career full of opportunity (not so much as cabin manager, but in management and training etc).
As for the rules being 'strict', it all depends on how you look at it. We will be offloaded from a flight if we should up to a briefing 10 minutes late, but isn't that a valid rule? When essentially everything is provided for us for free (accommodation, transport to and from work, next-day drycleaning) with a tax-free salary, I am often baffled at how the crew bitch endlessly about the conditions and the company culture. I know we have plenty of shi**y sectors and I don't like them anymore than the nextperson but looking at the big picture.. is it really *that* terrible?
Even at EK, yes the last eight months or so has been very difficult, what with having excess crew who are unpaid leave and the remainder of us buckling down and working more hours than we are used to. But that can only be a good thing as we are lucky enough to be employed at the end of the day. Compare ourselves to the so called "privileged" European airlines, it does not take a genius to work out that we are in a far better situation. One glance at the press and you'll see the likes of BA looking for any reason to cut costs and slowly cutting away its cabin crew's terms and conditions. We have to be thankful that ours are still all here intact. So, yes, we work more sectors than most, we work hard but for every one person who hates their job, I can guarantee that there are atleast ten others out there who would jump at the chance to work for us.