sorry for my slow delay in responding to the questions above (I was out of town and in so doing, cut off from a.net... shudder) Now I'm back...
DMERINOP: At UA
as a reserve I would always bid to work 4 days on, three days off. In LHR
that would mean I would only work three days and have 4 days off since we really only had 3 day trips (except for one AMS
FLY777UAL: I was a reserve. Our North American operations are merged (domestic and international) and we're qualified on the entire fleet so being based in SFO
gives you a 40% chance of covering an international ID
anytime you're on call. I chose to be based in LHR
after less then a year at UA
so I got to fly some of the most senior trips in our network-- loved it too!
FLYBOY80: thanks for covering for me while I was away!
PIEDMONTGIRL: You're absolutely right... something about the smell of jet fuel! Love it! Got it in my viens for sure!
INDUSTRIALPATE: I started flying when I was 21 yrs old. To be based anywhere in the system you just put your name on the transfer list and eventually they'll clear it. Right now there are over 600 people waiting to transfer to SFO
for example and they are taking transfers in groups of ten... in other words sometimes it takes a long time to get the base you want.
I was very fortunate to get LHR
right away because they were adding new flights in and out of LHR
and a generation of ALE visas were expiring so they sent about a hundred or more of us over in Spring 2001. To be based in the US and to fly the long-haul trips, it does take a lot of seniority. However, if you're on reserve there's always a chance you'll get a call to go somewhere far far away! Happens very frequently! I averaged once a month when I was in ORD
! One of my SFO
based friends flies just about 90% Intl and 10% domestic on Reserve.
UADC8CONTRAIL: I flew ORD
as a reserve, it's a very common trip for reserves to get (especially NRT
). Ironically these two trips are some of the most senior in our system but even the senior momma's call out sick! As a LHR
based flight attendants if we were good for a number of days the crew desk could keep us going around the world if needed. I had a number of friends work LHR
. If you start an international trip our contract allows for further legs onward, as long as they are international (no mixing domestic and international).
FLY777UAL: Correction: as an American it is against UK laws to commute from the US to work in the UK as a Flight attendant on an ALE Visa. If you establish residency anywhere within the EU then you can commute, but not from outside the Union. We are required to have a permanent address in the EU. However, if you happen to fly back to the US every time you have days off, they can't stop you since you have a proper home address in the EU.
Flying is a life like no other! If you can handle living out of a suitcase all the time, if you can handle staying in one hotel after another, if you can handle cancellations, rebookings, eating fastfood frequently and picking up trash in Economy and stay focused on the first rate quality of life you lead, then this job is for you. If you can handle working half a month and making a teachers salary, if you can handle all the discounts, hook-ups, and free perks, if you can handle everyone staring at you as you walk through a terminal, this job might be for you!
Number one requirement of being a flight attendant is the ability to handle sudden changes and react in a professional manner. In this business, the only thing constant is change!
The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better