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My F/A Trip Report #1- DTW-PUJ-FLL-DTW  
User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 4399 times:

Ok everyone.. Here's my first trip report as a Flight Attendant.. If I don't put something in you want to know, ask and I will try to add here and in the future.. All times local to respective cities..
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1-11-03

Ryan International Airlines
Flight 2175
DTW-PUJ (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
My show time at the base: 0500
Sched Departure: 0650
Actual Departure: 0650
Sched Arrival: 1150
Actual Arrival: 1125
Aircraft: A320, 174 pax configuration
Registry: G-BXKC; Leased from JMC
My seat: L2- Aft galley, Captains side
# of pax- mostly full, don't remember exact #..


Well, this was to be my first flight to Punta Cana, so I was looking forward to it. I arrived at the airport, signed in, and waited for the rest of the crew. Once they arrived, the lead briefed us all, and we went up to the plane. Onec on board, we proceeded with our counts and searches, along with pre-flighting everything from the doors and lavs to the emergency equipment. It is a lot to remember, little differences for certain items, and things like that. Catering had not yet arrived, but did soon after, which was nice, as they had been dragging along and not getting on till after boarding.. Everything was ok, so we had our Captains briefing.. Our head Captain was Ian, on loan from JMC, FO was Eric, and Relief officer was James, also with JMC. Ian informed us of the fuel strike in PUJ, and the possibility that we'd have to go somewhere else to re-fuel after arrival in PUJ. We loaded up with a nice amount of extra fuel in DTW, boarded, and were on our way.

The flight down was really not a problem, no unusual pax, but there was a fair amount of turbulance. Also, it is interesting to find out that some planes DON'T have built in coffee-makers, and a lot of people do not like instant coffee.. LOL. We got up to altitude, I believe FL340. Got our food and drink service started, the breakfast being Apple Pancakes or Cheese Omlette, with the usual to drink.. Coke, Diet Pepsi, 7up, ginger ale, etc etc.. (yes, we serve HOT food on apple vacations flights) That flight I spilled quite a lot of stuff on my suit, and was glad I wasn't flying again till Friday so I could get it cleaned up..

Most of the pax slept the whole way. and before we knew it, we were on approach to PUJ and landed. This is where the fun began..

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On the ground in PUJ

Well, we de-planed the pax, and I went off to the airport for a few with one of the other F/A's.. Got some pizza, and came back to the plane, after taking pics of other planes there.. While on the ground, I saw the following, and took pics of most of these: Skyservice A330, AA 757, YES L-1011, LTU A330, Air Transat A320, NW A320, and more..

Well, apparently the fuel strike was worse then we thought. They wanted CASH MONEY, and were only willing to give 1/2 of what we wanted.. soooo .. Ian tried EVERYTHING to get us fuel for the whole trip, but to make a long story short, we got the shaft.. It took a long time to try, and we boarded way late, and took off even later, due to the end of the attempted dealing.. We ended up having to go to FLL To re-fuel the rest..
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Ryan International Airlines
Flight 2176
PUJ-FLL-DTW
Sched Departure: 1250
Actual Departure: LATE
Sched Arrival: 1620
Actual Arrival: After 2100
Aircraft: A320, 174 pax configuration
Registry: G-BXKC; Leased from JMC
My seat: L2- Aft galley, Captains side
# of pax- mostly full, don't remember exact #..

Once the pax are on board, we inform them exactly what is going on and the need to stop at FLL. Most of them take it ok, with 1 or 2 exceptions. It was going to take moe flight time with the stop then without, so we did our food and beverages on the way to FLL, this time food being some sort of pasta or beef. Once at FLL, we went to a gate, but no one was allowed to get off otherwise we'd have to ALL clear customs there, and that would have been a royal pain. We DID open the door to the jetbridge, to let some air on, and the Captain kept us informed as to what was up.. It turned out that the delays caused him and James to miss thier flights home to the UK. We all, pax and crew, felt bad for them. There were some kids on the flight, so I took the extra rolls from Breakfast AND dinner, along with snacks and fed them more, and gave the rest to whomever wanted some. Also did more drinks and a water service as we were on the ground for 2.5 hours in FLL before going again. I was pleased with the way the pax were acting, as I have heard stories about them getting REALLY uptight about stuff like this, again, only 1 or 2 were mean and stuff. I tried to provide entertainment for everyone, and had a lot of the plane in stitches laughing so hard  Smile.

Anyway, we got fueled, paperwork, etc etc, and were finally off for the nearly 2.5 hr trip back to DTW. Most of the pax slept. We did another 2 drink services, the captain kept coming on and talking ot all of us, and by the end of the flight, the pax were thanking the whole crew and shaking out hands and all for a nice flight.. Got a nice applause at the end when we landed at DTW, and a lady even wrote Ryan commending us.
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Overall, the flight was great, especially considering the delays. I have come to have an even GREATER respect and admiration for the people who work in the air, as now that I am a F/A myself, I can understand a lot of it.

Again, if anything has been left out that you want to know about, please let me know  Smile I hope to do more in the near future, the next I HOPE being my recent DTW-SXM-UVF-DTW trip..

Enjoy!

Chris




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18 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4292 times:

Very good report. Very interesting to see a flight from an F/As view.

Is there a time difference between DTW and PUJ?


User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 4126 times:

I believe there was a +1 hr time difference between DTW and PUJ.  Smile

Chris



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User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6180 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 4121 times:

Great trip report.
Whats the flying time between DTW and PUJ?
Chepos



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User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 4086 times:

Chepos- Scheduled flight time is normally 5h20m, but depending on winds etc, can be longer or shorter..

Also, does anyone have details on that strike? I am curious to know WHY it is happening, and why airlines still fly there if there is that much of a hassle..

Chris



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User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4044 times:

Chris it sounds like the service that you gave, and the fact that the Captain was informative about the delay made a huge difference. God bless you through Jesus.

Jeff



God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineNWAgoldelite From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4048 times:

Do you fly into/out of FLL often? I usually fly into their on NW. Perhaps you have been my flight attendant?

User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4021 times:

NWAgoldelite- no, we do not have any service to/from FLL.. Only reason we stopped was to acquire the fuel to get to DTW, as we could not get it in PUJ due to the strike..

Thanks to you Jeff  Smile

Chris



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User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5036 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week ago) and read 3988 times:

Why did it take 2.5 hours to get fuel in ft lauderdale???? that is an awful long time to keep everyone on the plane.

bruce



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3957 times:

Bruce, the fuel was not the big thing that delayed us. We needed some US customs from, I think it is called a pass-through form, becuase normally when you make your first stop back in the US, everyone has to clear customs. Well, we were not having anyone off at FLL.. The furthest any of us, and it was just me and the pilot, got off was just on the jetbridge. Then, that took at least an hour in itself.. Customs, for some reason was not thrilled at having us stop for fuel.. The other thing was some kind of paperwork, I think preformace plans or something that had to be faxed in, I believe from ICT. It was not the 14 pages being faxed in that took forever, it was finding someone to bring it to our plane..

Yeah.. It is definately a long time to stay on the plane.. I'm sure almost all of us would have LOVED to have gotten off to stretch a bit. but if ONE of us got of, Pax OR Crew, EVERYONE would have had to clear customs, re-check their bags, etc etc etc, and it would have been an EXTREMELY large pain in the butt to do..

I have at-airport reserve for the afternoon PUJ flight on the 25th.. I really hope things are fixed by then..

Chris



Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days ago) and read 3910 times:

Hey Chris,

This is very good trip report and you had a very good flight from DTW-PUJ-FLL-DTW. And so why aren't you came fly in at my FLL airport for re-fuel? Can you please somebody tell us about exactly I did heard about oil been on the strike. And doing all right on the your flight and you still work on the airlines? Is that sure flight is full already? Well, talk ya later!

Regards,

Scott W.


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5036 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days ago) and read 3855 times:

Well, that kind of layover time in the plane would have been a great opportunity for a photographer to go up to the cockpit and take some pics, if the PIlot would have allowed that.


bruce



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineAirNewZealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2541 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days ago) and read 3847 times:

Hey Chris,
Just a question...has it been your dream to be a Flight Attendant, or soemthing you ahve always wanted to do? If so can you give me an E-mail so i can talk to you! Would be really nice! I really want to be a flight attendant when i am a bit older!!

Cheers
Mike

mikeskeins@xtra.co.nz


User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3793 times:

Hey - I've done a few of these reports myself (from a F/A's perspective), glad to see somebody else doing them.

Am curious...why were you on the ground so long at FLL if you were only getting fuel?

Travis


User currently offlineOlympicComet4b From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3774 times:

Great report!
Sounds like you did a great job - you must have been exhausted!
I was wondering about legal duty time for RYAN - it seems you had an
over 14 hour turn-around block time and probably a 16 hour duty day.
I know that's pushing the legal limit for most Union F/A's but what about
the cockpit crew? After how many hours do they go illegal? Also a flight
time of 5h20 seems to be max for the A320. Is this one of RYAN's longest
legs for this A/C type?


User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3764 times:

Trav- The fuel was the quick part.. What took so dang long was the customs pass-through form, and the preformance report from ICT.. And it took the FLL ppl forever to get them to us.. sooooooooooo.. if everything had gone right, it would have taken 30-45 min tops.. but everything did NOT go right..

OC4b- Well, we are not unionized.. Also, there was a relief pilot, so that was all good.. it WAS getting near to our duty day limit, but there are always some policy or another for extenuating circumstances.. Also, our A320/21, under optimum conditions, can do a 8 hr flight.. That is what one of the pilots told me.. And I believe Ryan's longest flight right now (DTW base) is about 6 hrs, from UVF-DTW..

Scott- The pilot and Dispatch at ICT chose FLL.. Ian said "we have to land somewhere".. Also, I am also curious about the strike.. Anyone know those details???? And yes, I still love being a F/A  Smile

Later all
Chris






Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3761 times:

Aaaah.......CUSTOMS...they'll get you everytime.

"Performance Report"? Is that like a "Dispatch Release" generated by SOC (System Operations Control, also referred to as Dispatch)? Or is it weight & balance config?

I'm doing an EASY 4-day trip that starts this weekend, it's only two legs a day, so maybe I'll post a TR on it when I return....

Travis


User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 3681 times:

Chris,

Just one more note. I notice a lot of people on here asking why things took so long in FLL. Do you ever wonder if any of them read before they write, because if they did they would have seen you answered that question at the beginning. God bless.

Jeff



God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3665 times:

Trav- Yes, I believe they are similar.. As the Captain said all he needed was a small 2-line blockk with a couple numbers, OUT OF FOURTEEN PAGES!! Go figure..

Jeff- To put it simply, Yes, I do..  Smile In fact, I was just thinking that...

Chris



Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
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