|Our recent communication about an opportunity for main crew to transfer to Eurofleet has seen a lot of interest and speculation on Facebook. Thank you also to the members that have taken the time to come and speak to Eurofleet Reps in the T5 Office.|
We thought it would be helpful to interview two ex Worldwide crew who transferred over to Eurofleet in the last few years.
Why did you want to leave Worldwide?
Roberto – I’ve been on worldwide for 20 years and although I’ve always enjoyed it, I’ve also been envious of my my friend’s lifestyle on Eurofleet. Towards the end Worldwide was becoming quite repetitive and I felt like taking the opportunity to try something different within the same Terms and Conditions.
Diana – I was also on Worldwide for about 16 years and although I initially enjoyed it, I was really finding the jet lag, multiple licenses and long flights a struggle. Everything was starting to irritate me and my quality of life was deteriorating.
What were your first few days like on Eurofleet?
Roberto – I jumped out of my comfort zone and was expecting some challenges however the Eurofleet community has been very welcoming from the beginning. I used to be on three licences so SEP was a welcomed change. I still can’t get over the fact that the ” Cabin Crew 10min to landing” call comes so quickly after take off. Will I ever get used to it?
Diana – After the conversion course, which I found pretty easy after long haul, I was so excited about starting even though the first few days were “there and backs.” My first night stop was Aberdeen and we stopped for fish & chips before getting to the hotel. I thought to myself, I like this LOL, especially as I had only been at work for about two hours!
What do you like best about Eurofleet?
Roberto – Sleeping within the same time zone every night.
You discover things about the natural rhythm of day and night you have forgotten about. Oh, and the Domestic and European night stops.
Diana – The friendly crew. The flexibility of being able to be home later that day if I need to be. Many of the night stops are lovely. I was also quite junior on Worldwide, but now I usually get first or second choice. Club Europe is so much quicker and easier than Worldwide, and down the back the Buy Onboard Service is pretty brisk as not everyone buys something. That said, it can be very busy on a long holiday flight, but the thought of the extra bit of commission keeps me going.
And what do you like least?
Roberto – I’ve never ironed so many uniform shirts in the past 20 years.
Diana – The new Airbus CEO/NEO is challenging! A very small rear Galley, limited space to work and a long day like Malaga and back can be tiring. That said, after a night’s sleep I find I’m “reset” and ready to go again.
Do you have a better control of your life?
Roberto – Your roster is more likely to be disrupted on Eurofleet but so far nothing too dramatic. Your days off (10 days every month full time), once rostered are sacrosanct which makes it easier to plan your life. You get those days off whether you fly or not, unlike MBTs.
Diana – Definitely more in control. I lived 90 mins away initially and if I had some there and back flights in a row, I would sometimes stay in a B&B. I bid for night stops mainly and get them as I’m not fussy about timings or destinations. I miss the amount of time off I had on Worldwide, but I’m much more alert and productive without the jetlag. The leave system is different as well, based on seniority on a rotating group system not points.
What’s the money like?
Roberto – I obviously don’t go shopping so much anymore, and if I get good trips I earn well. Sometimes I prefer to bid for shorter flights and less work so earn less, but enjoy the rest.
Diana – Me too, much less shopping although I enjoy bringing home wine, olive oil and little treats. It’s a little bit less money maybe but I don’t spend nearly so much downroute anymore, so I come out with the same I reckon. There’s also sometimes the opportunity of overtime at peak times.
What is your favourite trip?
Roberto – Any Domestic night stop or Switzerland.
Diana – Nice or Venice night stop or Inverness, I just had two nights there which we call a stand over. Or I sometimes bid for early there and backs in summer to be home in the garden by mid afternoon.
What advice would you give to WW considering a move to EF?
Roberto – Talk to your Eurofleet colleagues or reps and kindly ask them to show you a typical roster. You can bid for either early or late starts, there and backs, night stops or just a mixture. Make sure it is the right decision for you and don’t fear anything. The only thing to fear is fear itself.
Diana – Get as much info as you can. I loved my time on Worldwide and met some fantastic crew and saw some great destinations. But I really needed a change, and it was either Eurofleet or leave BA frankly. I’m so glad I moved over. I would say it’s easier to live within an hour of Heathrow if you are full time, but many part timers commute from all over, even overseas, and make it work. Yes I’ve had bad days but far outnumbered by the good ones. The Eurofleet crew are so friendly, I actually look forward to coming to work now and like not being too far away from my friends and family.
For further information please come and talk to your reps in the T5 Eurofleet office and register your interest on ESS “My Opportunities”