Here I am back again with another roster post. Slowly but surely they are starting to get a little more interesting, with more than a couple of flights per month. I can’t wait for things to go back to how they were pre-covid (my salary is crying out for 100 flying hours!) but for now I’m happy to have some layovers, especially some where we can go out and explore again.
If you saw my roster post last month, I only ended up doing 2 of the original flights I was rostered. The Cape Town flight I had was cancelled fairly shortly after the roster was published, and then I was also removed from the Dammam and Kabul flights. Glasgow was also removed because my Tunis layover turned into a 48 hour layover!
Instead I got given a Perth flight which I was happy with, as it meant a good amount of flying hours. It was a shame we were trapped inside the hotel room for the duration of the stay, but unfortunately that’s the requirement from the Australian government.
At the end of the month I was also put on a Düsseldorf flight which was a nice and easy trip, and a good way to bring in September. This month (if nothing changes!) I’ll be heading off to:
- TUN – Tunis, Tunisia
- SEZ – Mahé Island, Seychelles
- CKY-DSS – Conakry, Giunea & Dakar, Senegal
- MAA – Chennai, India (turnaround)
- DUS – Düsseldorf, Germany
As you can see, some repeats from August!
I still have a few “can use” days – basically reserve days where I found out every day at 6pm if I’ll have a flight or not. Most likely these will turn to days off, but I wouldn’t mind getting another flight just to add in some more hours.
My first rostered flight is to Tunis – funnily enough this was actually an Istanbul turnaround like I did last month, but I swapped it for a layover. The Istanbul was one of the busiest and most stressful flights I’ve done in years and a very long day, so I was very happy to be able to swap it for another trip to Tunis, where I can hopefully make the most of the hotel pool and get some sunshine!
After that is a trip to the Seychelles, which I’m very much looking forward to. Sadly it’s only a 15 hour layover, so I’ll make sure to make the most of the hotel (which we are not allowed to leave) and enjoy the pool there. Fingers crossed for good weather!
Following on from that is a multi-sector trip to Conakry and Dakar. This won’t be my first time visiting – you can read about my previous trip in 2017 to Conakry here and Dakar here. Sadly this time there’s no layover in Conakry, but we’ll have 24 hours in Dakar. At the moment I’m not sure what the situation is and wether I’ll be able to leave the hotel or not.
Then I have a turnaround to Chennai and back, not my favourite timing as it’s through the night. I’m sure I’ll be drinking lots of coffee on that flight!
Last up is another layover to Düsseldorf. Funnily enough I’ve just got back from there – previously I wasn’t able to operate to some of the German destinations as they required certain vaccines. I was initially vaccinated with Sinopharm back in February when it was offered to everyone at Emirates. Since then 6 months passed and I was able to get both doses of the Pfizer vaccine which means I can now operate certain destinations. Let’s just hope that it means things might go back to normal someday soon! (I feel like I’ve been saying that for months now…)
Anyway, that’s my roster for this month – I can’t believe we’re already nearly in 2022!