|Quoting rolypolyman (Reply 3):|
So which positions in a cabin are considered desirable, from the spectrum of single-class domestic all the way up to mixed-class international? I can see first-class being the obvious choice for an international flight, but maybe the tradeoff is having to supply a much higher level of service, frequent top-offs, frequent snacks and meals, etc.
It just depends on your preference - and we can all go into detail on why we like or dislike certain positions. It's funny because some of my favorite positions are the ones that a lot of people hate.
When you sign-up for positions on an international PMDL flight, you usually end up working in Business going in one direction and working coach going the other, so unless you're able to swap with another f/a or get one of the few positions that stays the same in both directions, you'll end up working both classes by the time the trip is over. My preference is to work coach going overseas and to work in Business Class on the return flight during the day.
There's one position that just about everyone seems to hate: "Y3 / B3
" (but ironically, they're my favorites)
The "Y3" position is an Economy/Duty Free position. Selling Duty Free is something that most people hate to do. It doesn't bother me at all because I've come to the realization that people don't really buy that much and when they do, I get a commission check (it may be like $0.26 but that's alright). I also like that position because selling Duty Free ensures that I get the second rest break. You wake up from break, you do your pre-arrival service and you land. The one thing I do hate about it is that one of your requirements is doing forms. I don't particularly care to do forms. US arrival forms, foreign forms, it doesn't matter.
The "B3" position is the BusinessElite galley position. I love the galley position, but I think most people dislike it because there's a lot of pressure on the galley person. If you're not organized or don't know what you're doing, it really screws up the flow of the service - especially on the 767-400 where 5 people work out of one galley. Not only that but, you work very closely with the Purser who may or may not be a crazy person on a power-trip.
On the 747, the upper deck is usually the place to be, but it's a lot more work than people think.
When I fly domestically, I like to be the First Class assist person. The FC assist does the pre-departure beverage service on the ground, hangs jackets and assists with meals and drinks once in the air. Afterwards they help finish the service in coach. I like it because it keeps me busy but I'm not dealing with the crazy boarding process in coach and sweating through my shirt rearranging carry-on luggage. This position usually goes to the most junior person. A lot of people see it as doing "double duty" or doing more work.