CHIGUIRE :- Yes 12 hour shifts are quite normal for many airlines in europe, and yes FR
do have shifts that are longer when the crew are expected to do 6 sector days, and on some long sectors E.G some charter airlines operate to the red sea resorts in egypt with the OB
sector being 5 hours and the IB
up to six hours add on to this report time ,turnround, and post flight and this can add up to 15 hours min.
I have friends who used to work for FR
both cabin crew and pilots who could not wait to get out, for various reasons,but the have all said that a company should not expect potetial employees to pay for training medicals uniforms etc,and i have to agree its not as if they are gonna take thos skills to another company as each airline has its own proceedures and rules and they will have to be trained by thier new airline as for uniforms well the crew are the front line staff dealing with the public so why should they have to pay for advertising the company, so yes to some extent they are slave drivers, and when they decide on a new uniform who will be expected to pay for it? no not the airline the staff.