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Old 23rd Feb 2007, 11:11
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You're very welcome

I can totally understand the stress of relocating and taking on a new job

The Base is a short bus journey from Gatwick. Virgin operate their own bus service plus there are regular public services as well.

The Office is just across the road from The Base.

Good luck with your accommodation search. If there's anything else you want to ask, please give me a shout.
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Old 24th Feb 2007, 13:16
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Hi high as a kite,

I do very much love galley FM, it's amazing ehat you hear sitting on boxes in the galley in the middle of the night! Heard some wild things last night too.
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Old 24th Feb 2007, 13:45
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HIgh as a Kite

Hi High as a Kite... just wondering about that bus you mentioned from Gatwick to The Base... where does it leave from or how frequently does it run? Thanks...
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Old 24th Feb 2007, 14:47
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Hi r.s.

What sort of wild things?! Do share.......
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Old 24th Feb 2007, 14:52
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Hi GTCrew,
The Virgin operated bus leaves from Concorde House every 20 minutes from 07:40am to 12:40pm.

There are also public services from the South Terminal bus station. Timetables for service number 10 and 100 can be found on http://www.metrobus.co.uk
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Old 25th Feb 2007, 06:32
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A gentle reminder that this is a thread for Cabin Crew already employed at Virgin - those considering employment should use the Virgin wannabees thread.
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Old 25th Feb 2007, 11:55
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High as a Kite - thank you SO much for your support, it's great to talk to someone who has been there! The bus info is extremely useful as I'll need to find that for my uniform fitting - have just looked up that website, thanks so much for that I should just stop worrying really, thousands of other crew have managed, lol. Can't wait to just get to London and find my feet!

Thanks for everything, I really appreciate it

Jill
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Old 25th Feb 2007, 12:13
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Thumbs up Just happy to help

Hi Jill,

No problem. It might have been a "few" years ago when I joined but I still remember what it was like.

Good luck with your move and the training.

See you onboard soon

Cheers Marc
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Old 10th Mar 2007, 15:21
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Hi Virgin Guys,

Question for you lot, and maybe you can help.

I used to fly with some great guys at Flybe and a few years ago moved to Virgin. I just wondered if any of you who know them...........
Ryan Johnston and Joanne Cavey,

Both were ex flybe crew based out of Jersey.

If you know them would you be so kind as to say hello for old times. Thank
you.
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Old 10th Mar 2007, 15:42
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Marc,

Sorry to bug you again - just a quick question... is the virgin-run bus free? Can trainees use it? Your advice re the buses was fantastic, I got timetables from the website you gave and I had no problem getting to the base the other day for my fitting, so thanks!

Just hoping I don't have to pay three quid every day for a bus (aswell as my train fare, argh!)

Thanks,
Jill x
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Old 15th Mar 2007, 16:38
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Suitcase Sizes....

Hey Guys,

I am seeking advice from exsiting crew...!

At my uniform fitting the lady said that we wld need to get a black hardbk suitcase - does anyone have any guidance on the sort of size it shld be?!

I have been looking today & they vary sooo much!! I finally settled on one which I knew wld be big enough for 7-9 days worth of stuff ((as i guess that is currently the longest trip) but it suddenly looks huge now ive got it home!!

Help!! Thanks Jenn x
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Old 16th Mar 2007, 00:44
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Hi Jill,

No worries. You can ask me as many questions as you like

The Virgin operated bus is free of charge and you can use it from day one onwards.

Until you get issued with your ID you will need to show the driver some sort of proof that you are employed by Virgin (like the letter offering you the job).

Seats on the bus are on a first come, first served basis so you may want to arrive a little bit earlier in case you don't manage to get on the first one.

Wishing you lots and lots of luck with your training. Let me know if you've got any more questions.

Take care.

Cheers Marc
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Old 16th Mar 2007, 00:48
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Hi Jenn,

Although the case you've got looks huge, it's amazing how quickly it's fills up with the many changes of outfit you might want to bring on a trip plus all the lovely bargains you pick up at the shops whilst you're away

You might want to invest in a smaller case for night stops.

Cheers Marc
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Old 16th Mar 2007, 17:53
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Hi Marc,

Thanks so much for that, I really appreciate it - hate feeling in the dark about everything! That bus sounds great, might not risk it on the first day, but at least it'll save a bit of money!

Thanks for all your help

Jill x
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Old 17th Mar 2007, 13:28
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(SPANNER IN THE WORKS) My what an old fanny you are! LOL
I'd slaughter my husband if he interfered in my work as you do.
I really don't think air crew is the job for your fiancee....hang on let me rephrase that. I really dont think air crew is the job that your fiancee should do if she is to spend her life with you.

Lets get something straight on this thread. Being is aircrew is unpredicatable and exciting. Thats why we do it. All other airlines have the same policies with leave, bids etc, just not as flexible as Virgin. If you want a safe job where you can plan where you are going to be one month to the next and have weekends off, then find an office!

In 13 years I have never heard of anyone being refused wedding leave, but appreciate that to a newbie the CSMs comments are misleading.

So there!
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Hi Guys, sorry to bring conversation of topic slightly but I have a personal issue that I really need to bring up with the union (I am a member) However I really dont know who to get hold of or how to as I dont have a list of contacts, if anyone could help me please could you PM or email me, obviously I dont expect anyone to post peoples personal details publicly on here.
Many Thanks, suki
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Old 19th Mar 2007, 17:44
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Air Southwest Staff Travel for VS

Hi Folks,
Just a quickie to find out if Virgin crew get any concessionary travel with Air Southwest. I'm looking to commute possibly from Plymouth.

Thanks
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Old 30th Mar 2007, 14:01
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virgin atlantic offers it crew yet another disgraceful pay offer we need your support

well ladies and gents here we go another terrible pay offer by the virgin atlantic establishment here is what the company has offered its cabin crew and to say the least this is an outrage

"Pay Offer Information for non CC89/Amicus members
You will be aware that we have been negotiating terms and conditions of pay with CC89/Amicus. We have now concluded our discussions and presented a final offer of a twelve month deal.

For those non-members here are the details on the offer as ultimately you will be affected. The offer is currently being voted on by CC89/Amicus members. The ballot will close on 20 April 2007.

1. Basic Pay

2% uplift on basic pay with effect from 1 April 2007, for 12 months. This is in line with the award made to other staff groups.

We would keep new entrant salaries at the existing rates.

2. Trip Pay

A 2% uplift on Trip pay for all ranks with effect from 1 April 2007 for 12 months.

3. Monthly standby

In order for us to continue with the system of monthly standby we need the following changes to the Agreement.
- Crew to be rostered 6 blocks of standby in 3 years
- We need to reset the standby counts to zero for newly promoted crew
- Change 4 hour call outs to have an AV day before the 4 hour block
- The guaranteed weekend off to become guaranteed time off
- Staggered start dates (throughout the month) for the standby period with protection around Christmas/New Year
- Crew who are sick on a standby month will be re-rostered their standby month

4. Promotional Pay Review

On promotion with effect from 1 April 2007 all ranks of crew will receive the basic rate of pay for their new rank at March 2007ís pay rates. After 12 months of successful performance they will move to the rate of pay uplifted by 2%.


If you have any further questions please feel free to talk to your manager.

Jenny Crinnion
Head of Cabin Services
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Old 30th Mar 2007, 14:46
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www.britishairwaysjobs.com
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Old 30th Mar 2007, 16:46
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Hi sorry to sound dumb but I am due to start with Virgin in May.. so does this offer mean people have to vote and if everyone is against it, it doesnt happen ??
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