Ok, a 7 1/2 hrs flight isn´t the longest!!!
But hey, how long is an average workday for a secretary, or a store assistance or maybe a nurse??? And YES, they do take breaks throughout the day!
7 1/2 hours is just the time from take-off to touch down! The workday for a crew working such a flight is much loooooonger!!!
F/A´s are human beings and not robots! We need to take breaks as well as anybody else needs to have some rest! And where could it be on an aircraft, other than reserved crewrest seats, if there is no crewbunk or compartment???
If there wouldn´t be some blocked seats with a curtain to "hide" behind, the F/A´s would never be able to get at least a little break and some rest!
Passengers would never leave them alone while sitting on a jumpseat in the galley! And believe me, working a full flight over the pond definetley isn´t just a piece of cake!!!
Most carriers give at least 4 seats for a restbreak on flights longer than 7 hours.
´s A340, crewrest containers will be installed on flights longer than 7 hours, the 744´s have crewbunks anyway!
So you´re talking about lost revenue for the airline??? You can´t be serious?!
Ok an airline needs to make money, but an airline also needs well prepared and attentive F/A´s NOT falling asleep while on approach!
The F/A´s must be able to handle any kind of emergency situation which (you know it) are most likely to happen during take-off AND
, yes you got it LANDING!
Oh, and now for all of you who think that Emirates is such a wonderful and professional airline! They don´t give their crews any kind of crewrest area! And we all know that Emirates is operating really long flights! To Asia and Australia for instance! If the flight is fully booked there is not a single seat for F/A´s to withdraw! I don´t even know if their crews are allowed to sit on empty seats in the cabin!
Now imagine a full Boeing 777, after a long flight, involved in a landing accident in SYD
, having trashed and wrecked F/A´s sitting next to the doors who worked for 14 hours (or maybe even longer) without a break!
There is absoluteley no doubt, that such a scenario would result in a major disaster!!!
Very unsafe and unprofessional in my opinion!
I hope you got my point Carlos1979!?