Well I started my June bid month with our new service, ATL
, as an LOD
. Really not too much competition to hold down the line. Although living in NYC flying out of ATL
really not a hardship as all I have to do is fly three round trips to finish my hours this month. 12 days away and then free for balance. These flights only operate 5 x a week.
Sorry I couldn’t get the inaugural flight but wasn’t legal due to rest requirement from my last trip in May.
Flew from LGA
on June 1st as NRSA and stood at friends apt in ATL
till departure on June 2nd.
Flight 8 ATL
scheduled for a 9:10 PM
departure from E14. Took local transportation to airport, arriving at 7:30 PM
. Went to Crew Dispatch to do some paper work. Flight heavy in Business, 43 booked about of 50 seats, Y had 119 booked out of 215 seats. Found the other Arabic speaking LOD
had called in sick and replaced by a “regular” reserve. Considering the load it should not be too difficult. At 8:15 Pm had our crew meeting, original flight plan was planned on a southern routing, cross the Atlantic off Delaware, northern France, and turn south over Zurich. Eastern Italy, Turkey, Saudi Arabia to UAE. Weather forecast, good (smooth).
Being the only LOD
on flight, took assignment in Galley for Business so as to be able to float.
Boarding started at 8:45 PM
, and went very quickly. At around 9 Pm Ground Crew cam on board and told us we were missing 14 passengers who had checked in with bags earlier. If we have to remove bags we would take a delay. They asked if I could go to the podium desk and call the missing passengers in Arabic. After several calls, with no response, they repeated the calls in the other wings. Got a call from CO
that they were found in D. As they were non-English speaking went over to D to pick them up and explain that they were in wrong area and flight was boarded.
We were off the gate at 10:08 Pm, almost an hour late with an estimated DXB
arrival of 7:57 PM
Our triple 7 performed flawlessly, video, ovens, lavs, no complaints. Due to light load, meal service went quickly, but not hurried. Since we had a light load in Y, two extra FA
’s helped in the front.
Captain informed crew that we were now offered a more direct route, taking us over Austria, Romania, eastern Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq into DXB
arriving only about 50 min. late.
Prior to second meal service we distributed the Immigration and Custom forms. The Company had placed special emphasis on their proper completion, so I basically reviewed each of completed forms to insure their accuracy. The Arabic speaking passengers had almost no trouble with them while the others left out some required information. Due to this I was basically removed from the meal service, walking around the a/c.
Prior to arrival at DXB
, Ras al Khaimach International Airport, I carefully reviewed the documentation needed and which lines to take.
We arrived at the gate at 7:54 PM
local time, only 49 min. late. Position my self at the door and bid good bye and welcome to DXB
in Arabic, English and French.
The formalities for crew members was quite quick, just a look at passport and waved through.
When we walked out side to pick up our crew transportation it was like standing in front of an oven door. The temperature was 103 F. The drive to the hotel, can’t mention name due to security reasons, was very brief. Really a beautiful well appointed hotel, but after such a long flight, almost 14 hours, just went to bed.
The next day was up early, had a light breakfast and ventured outside, much cooler at 8 AM
Made plans to go to Wild Wadi Water Park as I had heard so much about it. No other crew members were interested in going, so I took a taxi out to park. Being there early made it all the better, no crowds or waits. If you go, you MUST go on the Jumeirah Sceiraj, it’s the largest and fastest water slide out side of North America. Really had a ball there, clean spotless, shady areas etc. Went back to hotel around 2 PM
, take nap, go to dinner with some of the crew. Tomorrow, June 4th will spend at hotel prior to our return to ATL
on flight DL
7 leaving at 10:45 PM
with a 5:40 AM
If interested I will report on the return.