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How is it on BA Mixed Fleet, are you enjoying it?

Old 12th Aug 2011, 15:09
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Is this a specific restaurant you are talking about or is it plenty of such "self service" restaurants? If yes do you know the name? Does it serve local dishes as some of us are not into beans on toast while in brazil.. thanks for the info
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Old 12th Aug 2011, 15:45
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I do not know any names, but if you ask at the reception they can tell you or maybe show the nearest one. They serve all kinds of Local/Brazilian Food.

There will be Plenty of: Meat with/without Sauce, Fried/Roasted Steak, Fried/Roasted/Sauce Chicken, The famous Mandioca/cassava (fried or boiled).
You may find: barbecue (meat, chicken & pork), fish, plain/mayonnaise salad.

Including the main and unmissable dishes that you will always find in a Brazilian Restaurant/House, that is: Rice, Beans and plenty of Salad; you just need to choose what you want to add to it such as Meat, Fish or Chicken, etc...

You just pay one price and you can eat as much as you want. They sometimes are called Self Service as we say in English.

Do not Judge the Restaurant for its Cover/Front, sometimes they are simple but the food is delicious.

You can go inside and get near to the food area and look at it before deciding to stay and eat.

Rio is a Great and Beautiful City.

I think this is one way of eating properly and its not expensive.

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Old 17th Aug 2011, 12:33
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does Mixed Fleet offer part time positions?

Hi I have just been given an offer of employment from BA for Mixed Fleet cabin crew. I am trying to organize child care and just wondered if I take the position do you know if this is the possibility of working part time down the road.
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Old 18th Aug 2011, 11:01
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Hi there. I have just recieved my offer of employment as Cabin Crew for Mixed Fleet with BA. I am wondering how many nights you are away over night in a week. I am interviewing people for child care but haven't got a feel for how many nights I will be away. Could you give me an idea.
Many Thanks. Skys the limit
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Old 18th Aug 2011, 11:48
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Hi there. I have just recieved my offer of employment as Cabin Crew for Mixed Fleet with BA. I am wondering how many nights you are away over night in a week. I am interviewing people for child care but haven't got a feel for how many nights I will be away. Could you give me an idea.
Many Thanks. Skys the limit
It all depends, if you are FTC then a lot, as you tend to do more long haul flying.

However as cabin crew, depending how you bid, you could be away 3/4 or none

Trips are usually 3 days/2 nights or 5 days/4 nights. But if you bid for all short haul there and backs you wont be away at all, as long as you get what you ask for.

Hope this helps.
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Old 18th Aug 2011, 11:49
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No chance of part time in the immediate future.

MF are currently short of crew.
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Old 19th Aug 2011, 12:47
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Angel

I think it might be quite hard to do Mixed Fleet with small children! I hope you have a supportive partner or close Grand parents to help as well as help with child care. Good luck.
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Old 24th Aug 2011, 15:44
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Mixed fleet

Hello there,

I was about to apply for the Mixed Fleet recruitment, but something occured to me. I live in Oslo. I know that to be a long-haul cabin crew this is isnt such a problem (well not for Air France anyway) as I can reach the base in time before the flight. But if I am not mistaking, mixed fleet is not so predictable and by reading all your posts, you sometimes only have one day off between two flights.

Do you think it would be feasible for me to live in Oslo and work for BA? I am aware that I will have sometimes to stay in England as one day off would not allow me to go home, but would this occur often?

thank you :-)
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Old 24th Aug 2011, 23:02
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It would be very hard. You would have to spend a great deal of the month near Heathrow and would therefore need accommodation in the UK. Mixed Fleet do a mixture of longhaul and shorthaul and standby duties which would make it impossible to live in Oslo.

You could maybe return for some days off a month but realistically it would be hard to actually live in Oslo.
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Old 27th Aug 2011, 00:36
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Smile ams/man

i believe its because of 767 availability...never heard of a service issue..hope that helps
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Old 2nd Sep 2011, 07:33
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Part time working

For those aspiring future crew with children, who want part time (like Skys the limit),it might be worth looking at this link:-

Who can request flexible working? : Directgov - Employment

You have a legal right to request flexible working after a period of work.
Your union can help you with all the paper work so that you can present a good case.

Best of luck !
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Old 6th Sep 2011, 17:35
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However from the same site:
Under the law your employer must seriously consider an application you make, and only reject it if there are good business reasons for doing so. You have the right to ask for flexible working - not the right to have it. Employers can reasonably decline your application where there is a legitimate business ground.
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Old 6th Sep 2011, 19:00
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Right to Request

If you enter into further research you will also discover that over 95% of applications for Right to Request are accepted and actioned.
It is also worth remembering that Right to Request is not just about "women and child care", but also about anyone (male or female) who has a "care" responsibility.
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Old 27th Sep 2011, 22:55
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I am sad to say that the contract and associated T's and C's are getting eroded just like the low cost market.

The advertised market rate +10% is in reality market rate -10%, you would be better off in a charter or low cost company per month. The rosters are harder than charter due to time zone shifts along with commuting (unless you live in london on 1200/month) and back to back trips or trips followed by european return flights. The most recent cost saving is cutting back on crew food, so you have to feed yourself. Ryanair did that.

The most frustrating thing is the fact that they have been designing rosters, contracts and working conditions for years, so why are there so many problems arising with MF? Why is 30% of the fleet on sick leave due fatigue or grounded because they are out of hours? Why are people leaving to go back to old jobs or leaving to get out of flying? Why are there so many CHIRP reports being filled?

Go in with your eyes open people!
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Old 28th Sep 2011, 08:32
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No crew food provided on board? 30% of crew grounded due fatigue or out of hours?

Well that's two blatant examples of BS I've spotted. Got an agenda have we Nick?
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Old 28th Sep 2011, 09:02
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No agenda im afriad,

There was a memo recently about taking crew food off certain flights, and a manager has told me that 30% of the fleet have been off sick recently.

Just telling you what I have been told.
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Old 28th Sep 2011, 10:10
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OK well I think you need to verify your information before posting it as gospel truth. The notice about crew food is a change to crew food, not it's removal. The 30% off sick/grounded fable started with BASSA months ago and is an urban tale. The actual figures for sickness are no worse than existing cabin crew fleets and the crew turnover rates for Mixed Fleet are well below BAs target. I expect the rest of the information in your post has come from equally unreliable sources.
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Old 28th Sep 2011, 10:31
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Nick14, Having worked in Both the Charter, and LoCo market i can assure you, and anyone else reading this, that the roster is NOT more demanding.

Perhaps people put themselves in a more demanding position, i.e people who commute, but then that is down to personal choice and not BA screwing them on the roster.

30% of crew off with fatigue, would equate to over 300 crew off tired, I can assure you the CAA would of shut us down by now, and as for the
"no crew food" they have just signed a deal for extra Club meals and trays to be loaded for all operating crew instead of crew food trays and hots, which for me is a winner!

Any other aspect of BA you would like to falsely Nick?
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Old 4th Oct 2011, 02:59
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I believe that this is a mixed fleet route. It must be, the ladies working in Club were much younger than I'm used to on BA!

They provided fantastic, friendly service & gave us a perfect conclusion to our 3 week vacation in the American west.

In fact Mrs Fin & I agree that this was our best ever flight with BA. Thank you ladies & keep up the good work. I've already completed my thank you's on the BA website.
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Old 4th Oct 2011, 12:40
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There are aspects of the rostering which are considerably worse than locos. Having watched a friend's roster for most of the year, the standard pattern does seem to be only two days off in a block (though quite often with early finishes on the last day following night flights). The objective of Carmen is bid satisfaction, supposedly, and bids don't seem to reach the levels of satisfaction that are claimed for Carmen on the whole across the company - which are supposedly 60% - my friend seems to end up with only one of the low-priority bids only being granted each month. He came from a low cost shorthaul airline where he was working on a fixed pattern with a minimum of three days off in a row

Also, his hours have been run through relatively quickly - a lot of US trips, the lack of "bid satisfaction" meaning that the low-hours-density-longhaul trips (Mauritius, Tokyo, Rio) weren't given, resulting in a very light roster now (three trips in a month). Uncharacteristically, this has given extra days off, which is a treat!

There are other aspects of the job which would be relatively easy to improve, but which BA seems to have little interest in doing so, it being mixed fleet rather than WW. For example, free breakfast in hotels, free wifi in hotels, the ability to put crew bags in the hold on shorthaul days...
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