Wednesday, June 15, 2011

crew rest on seats

Have you come across an SIA (Singapore Airlines) girl sleeping beside you on a long-haul flight? If you have, you weren't dreaming, because she was probably taking a break.

That was what one traveller, who wanted to be known as Tan, found out after he saw some Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight attendants resting in the last few rows of the economy-class seats on his flight back to Singapore from Christchurch, New Zealand

"I was on a long flight back, about nine hours, and I was amazed to see the stewardesses on the flight take their rest among the passengers.

"Despite this, some passengers kept asking them for drinks even though they were clearly on their break," Tan told The New Paper.

He also questioned why the crew was not given a private rest area away from the view of other passengers.
It is understood that there are no bunks for in-flight crew onboard some SIA flights to and from Christchurch and Auckland as the aircraft used for the flights -- a variant of the Boeing 777 -- do not come with crew bunks. That has been the situation since last July.

SIA spokesman Nicholas Ionides said the absence of bunks on these flights was in line with guidelines set by the Air Operator Certificate Requirements. It states that rest is only mandatory for cabin crew members who are on duty for 14 hours or more.

"Notwithstanding that, we set aside a block of economy-class seats on medium-haul flights on the particular aircraft type for our crew to rest during breaks," added Ionides.

On such flights, six economy-class seats are set aside for the crew members to rest. On average, SIA has 14 to 15 cabin crew members and three cockpit on a flight.

However, the airline did not comment on why crew bunks were no longer provided for those working that particular route.

Meanwhile, image consultant Elaine Heng said that the sight of the crew sleeping could adversely impact the airline's branding and image.

"The crew represents the airline. They're expected to be well groomed and professional, but you can't do that when told to sleep and rest in full view of the passengers," she added.

Flight attendants who spoke to the same paper said that such situations create an awkward environment between crew and passengers. One crew said the rest seats are marked only by a red sticker.

"Most times, passengers don't even know what the red stickers mean and some passengers get annoyed when we tell them those seats are meant for cabin crew use," he said.

Another flight attendant lamented that because they are resting in the cabin, passengers would still approach them for service.

"I rest very little during these flights, which is exhausting, considering the journey to Auckland is nearly 10 hours," she said.

One brand consultant, who declined to be named, said the response from the flight attendants reflect the need for private rest facilities.

Passengers may not know the attendants are on their breaks, and this could lead to the perception that flight attendants are sleeping on the job.

Regular SIA passenger Dexter Ng, 23, told Yahoo! Singapore the crew should not be blamed in this case.

"From a humane point of view, it is understandable for them to rest because it can get pretty exhausting.
"But it is up to the management to provide them a private resting area because it will create an impression that the flight attendants are unprofessional," he said.

Honestly this is so annoying sleeping on passengers seat where crews will not get enough rest at all, as pax will approach the crew altho they are resting. Specially on the day flight, pax might not sleep and the noise around and by pax staring on us which disturbing the crew for rest. On this NZ route where crew only have 45mins rest over nearly 10 hours flight time, specially over the night routine can be exhauting yet still been given rest which we can't rest at all. Finally this has been reported so really hope company put more concern on crew who really work hard for them. We just need a proper resting area.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Male, Maldives

Maldives, is like an illusion destination in my mind since school
have been seeing a lot of pictures online
knowing how beautiful this place is
i can't believe that i get to see this place travel with SQ
beach and sun is always my favorite
is like"finally" i get to see this beautiful island with my own eyes
i get to smell the air
feel the sand and swim in this clear blue sea
not many photos have been taken
but i believe this is enough to attract your attention

i did not expect my room to be this huge

the view from my room

the "wow" bathroom
this is just the bath tub side
is huge but where i don't feel secure to

this was my first drink the night we arrive
spent all night long with all my crew
had lots of fun talking 
the happiest chilling section i ever had

morning to Maldives
time to see the sun 
are you ready?!?

pick your seat and start the tanning section

the junior crew went swimming

while we were sun tanning

no way you can sun tan down there
we just move a seat there for photoshooting
isn't it a great view?!? haha

my fatty little tummy

 and my yumilicious fatty tigh
need a pan to bbq??
if we have another night...hehe
time to pick up more work out sections from now on
so that you would have seen a sexy lady on the beach
stay tune then!!

sun tanning, lunch and back to sun tanning
what's next??
immerse myself in a warm bath
how great life can be
but there is no joke to spend your holidays here in Male
a place you can only relax with your eye sight
but not for mentally relaxing
because you gotto get ready to receive your bil
which you gonna see a huge amount on it
anyway i felt glad that i have been here
thanks again to my flying career
which allowed me to see this beautiful island
but of coz the crews are important too
great set of crew for the great destination~

Thursday, June 02, 2011

scenic Switz

what a BIG sigh!!
is another trip without camera AGAIN!!
it was a last minute plan for sightseeing
on the clear day in Zurich
mentioned about this village - Interlaken
which located at the foot of Jungfrau - Top of Europe
it wasn't a superb tour but it was a scenic tour
its like a place that at least you have seen it once in your life time
 journey begin ~
it was about 2 hours from Zurich to Interlaken
transit needed at Bern station

arrive at Interlaken
was looking up down left right for the info counter
walking pass this souvenirs shop
the friendly staff walk out and speak to us in Thai
she say "you all look the same like me"
thinking that our Asian look so we are from the same hometown
she is very nice to tell us about this place
also to suggest us what to do for tour
end up we decide to walk around and explore

 found something that we can do

taking the funicular heading to Interlaken Harder Kulm
where you would enjoy a panoramic view of Alps and over Lake Lucern

there is also a restaurant up there
if times allow
you may take a sit, have a drink, or even have ur lunch
over this superb view


back to the ground
where we saw plenty of colorful Tulips

the chariot??

 or Bodelibahn??
of coz we have chosen this
which is cheaper (CHF 9 each)
and don't you think it looks cute and interesting?!?
which bring us to the historical oldtown

bought another ticket to Thun
which is another small town to explore
where you can walk around with a map
which already highlighted things that we need to see

the lake with numbers of restaurants and bars along
like Clarke Quay in SG

the Stadtkirche (the castle)

not much photos that i have taken
this is a tour without a camera =.="
what a waste!!
but anyway i had fun with the companions
its another piece of memory that have printed by heart
although without photos that have been saved
time for dinner before heading back to Zurich

how can you not with this view for dinner??

another new trial
Carbonara with egg york

this is it
my scenic tour :D