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Old 4th Aug 2008, 04:29
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Has anyone seen the new EK A380 interiors. Qf thinks that theirs are the best ever, horrible choice of marc newson yes thats right marc newson, we all fly an airline cause of marc newson... Our's look such SH*T!!
The ECY cabin looks so fresh, the bars are fantastic and showers for Fcl cabin.
Agreed! The EK cabins look absolutely amazing - though I wouldn't expect anything less!
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Old 4th Aug 2008, 11:31
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who cares what they look like.
its space people want.....ask anyone that boards a plane they are concerned about space not if the farking carpets are "magenta"
As far as I am aware QF has the most space in YC
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Old 5th Aug 2008, 10:11
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Thumbs up EK Airbus

now really, are people going to want to fly on the EK airbus with the showers and sexy looking inside..

or will the choose the QF aircraft which seem to be falling to bits..

i know, they will choose QF because we have CHUX..... cant beat it! Just wet one up and pop it on ur leaking fuel value, works a treat!

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Space - I thought price!!

I somehow think space is not how people book the fare..... I thought price comes first.
Also from what I have seen of both cabins, they have the same number of seats. When you are selling something no matter what it is, appearance is very important, look at these 2 pics tell me which one you would buy??

Zimbio Pilot - Airbus A380

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Old 14th Aug 2008, 12:32
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Short Haul EBA

hi.. has anyone had any inside info or true gossip (haha) about our SH eba? what about the rumour that the casuals will become QCCA SH??
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Old 27th Aug 2008, 08:48
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How true !!!
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Old 28th Aug 2008, 08:23
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QF IFE strikes again

Heard a number of the Aus. Olympic team being interviewed yesterday.

One question went like this, "How was the flight back home and your reception"?

Answer went like this, "The flight was so quite, no alcohol and no entertainment, the planes movies was not working so we had to read or talk for 10 hours. The reception was overwhelming.

More good advertising for the joke thats is QF IFE.

Ha ha ha QF IFE takes it's 5 million plus unhappy pax count up by 250 more.

They just don't get it.
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Old 28th Aug 2008, 13:58
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I was wondering if anyone could give me advice about this matter. I am a current MAM flight attendant and have heard that Qantaslink are recruiting. I was wondering if I should make the jump from mainline to Qlink? I am very unsure what the conditions are and am tossing up whether to stay as a casual in shorthaul or to take the risk. I personally find the pay at MAM quite good-usually take home around $1800 a fortnight. I am wondering if this is the case in Qantaslink or is it a huge pay drop???? Full time would be great but I am trying to consider if I can afford my mortgage or not??? What about the progression back into mainline???? Does it ever happen???? Or do they only offer 10 or so positions every couple of years???? I really enjoy the flying in shorthaul and am happy to continue but am wondering since full time seems to always be out of reach for MAM if I should go via the back door???
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Old 28th Aug 2008, 15:40
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High Class,
QF Link will bring about a lesser salary than MAM.
MAM is a casual based salary. Do a search for QF link Wages on Wagenet or whatever it is nowadays. I'm pretty sure the base is about $28k.
Mostly day trips possibly 3-4 overnights a month, which isn't much at all. That is a generous amount. Don't expect to make more than $38k a year. You're better off trying for Virgin Blue where you can get a base of $40k and overnights on top. All up VB crew members earn up to $1200 a week. The EBA is changing though and they may soon be working longer and harder for less pay to match competitors. Seeing as crew have rejected one EBA already, if crew reject one more Virgin may apply to the IRC to have an IRC agreement put in place, which will be worse.
My advice, stay where you are until the new VB agreement is decided, if it still beats competitors as it does now, then go for VB.
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Old 29th Aug 2008, 11:36
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Hi cart hag, in the last crew voice on the 21st qcca was discussed regarding shorthaul and Alison Webster stated that qcca is definitely not coming into shorthaul. The idea was shot down pretty quickly so at this stage it looks like no qcca into shorthaul.
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Old 30th Aug 2008, 00:59
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Talking

High Class,
I am a QL FA and I am currently on approx $50,000 pa. My base salary is roughly $39,000 ish but we do have two wage increases per year (anniversary date and EBA). Take home pay varies from approximately $1,550 - $1,700 ish p/f (obviously depending on what you have done). Overnights range anywhere from 4-8 per month with the higher end of the scale being those who actively chase them as not everybody wants to do them. Monthly duty hours also appear to be around the 100-120 ish and you get 8 RDOs per roster. QL f/a are permanent and enjoy the benefits that go with it, i.e. staff travel, paid holidays, sick leave etc etc etc. If you are wanting to go back in to mainline through progression however you will need to bring your patience with you as you will have quite a lengthy wait. Currently it is anywhere from 4 years and up but you would be probably looking at 5-7 in the current climate and depending what your base preference is. Hope this helps.
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Old 31st Aug 2008, 04:13
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Cargoattendant do you work for Virgin? I have considered Virgin but in the end the number of overnight's from what I hear kind of turned me off. With Virgin's new bidding system can you do say 6 overnights a month? Just wondering why you say that QLink is around 38K per year and Madam Lash is saying it is 50K per year? Is that for a first year flightattendant? Because it sounds like it is and maybe Madam Lash is speaking of once you have been at Qlink for a few years.

Madam Lash, I am also wondering if you are able to bid at QLink? If so can you bid for a particular day off per week if you have something to attend or are you just given a roster??? I generally get my days off working for MAM but it would be nice to have the benefits.

So career progression- with the wait and when they do offer it do they offer it for Brisbane or Sydney? Or are you always sent to Perth like they do with the MAM casuals???

Thanks to Cargo and Madam Lash for your posts, greatly appreciated.
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Old 2nd Sep 2008, 23:50
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High Class,
The pay I mentioned was for year 4. We don't bid for trips but we can request them. Our roster is monthly and we have 4 requests and you can request overnights/trips, days off, early or late finishes etc with two consecutive days off counting as 1 request. If you wanted to request for example, Wednesday & Thursday off each week for the whole month, that would be your four requests. As far as progression is concerned, the last couple of times have been Perth. To my knowledge it has never been and probably never will be Brisbane. About 4 years ago they had an intake for Sydney and Melbourne but it hasn't happened since.
Good luck with your decision High Class.
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Old 4th Sep 2008, 06:26
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Room for rent...

I am wondering if there is a way to advertise a room and ask for long haul cabin crew only? I want to share with like minded people who understand the job and who are away a bit like I will be.....

Is there a noticeboard for this sort of thing?
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Old 4th Sep 2008, 08:36
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There are many accomodation notices stuck on the window outside the luggage room at QCC,
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Old 8th Sep 2008, 22:54
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LWOP

A union notice recently announced that LWOP would be offered to shorthaul cabin crew. I'm just wondering if we can now apply for LWOP, how long etc. Are applications now open, or are the company waiting until the completion of VR applications.
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Old 10th Sep 2008, 04:56
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Qantas link Vs mam

Hey there High class,

If you are still deciding between MAM and QL i have a bit of info which may help you make your decision. I used to work for mam and finished up a the beginning of last year. As you know the wage is fairly good. I dont know how long you have been with mam for, but as i am sure you have heard, all the long haul flying, which had the best dta and hours went back to long haul when they started QCCA. When i started in 2005 and all through 2006 most of my pay packets were 2000- 2600 f/n . The problem is consistency!!! ( Although the variety was good!) Do you guys get any regional overnights now? Anyhow, I went to a Qantas Link interview at the end of last year and got the job, but didnt reply to the offer. I have since had countless emails asking me to other assessment days as my resume must still be on file. I was living in Newcastle at the time, at they were offering 29K starting wage plus allowances. this was not enough money considering the travel from newcastle , and i could not move as my husband had a great job and we had just bought a house. The thing is, i think that if you live near the base (and not 2 hours away like me!! ) It would be well worth it. Besides the fact that i was very impressed with the interviewers who were QL FA and management, i think the job security / benefits out weigh the money. Pay does seem to increase quickly from the table they showed me. Plus having a Full time job makes getting loans etc so much easier. The interviewers did inform me there is a lot of solo flying though, just you and the pilots. I think it would be fantastic though. I say go for it!
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Old 10th Sep 2008, 07:14
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I'm exMAM now at link, and the pros out weigh the cons. I am taking home on average $1700/fn. There are alot of 'home' people here who don't like the overnights and are more than happy to swap for day trips. On average rosters are 28days with 4or5 o/n's. Staff travel after 6months, or straight away if your exMAM. Its a great place to start. I wouldn't expect much for career progression, atleast 4yrs.
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Old 14th Sep 2008, 08:42
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Hi everyone,

I've been looking through the many airline careers websites, and have read on many about having to (and I might not get this 100% right, but..) lift/push a 28kg exit door/window.

I don't think I'm weak, but I'm only 50kg, so I just wanted to know from people who know, should I be feeling daunted or put off by this?!

Thanks, Simone
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