Click. “Your swap has been confirmed.”
Wait… what? It was that… easy? I’ve been a flight attendant for over a year now but I’ve never had control of my own schedule: until now.
Let me backtrack a little. I am currently transitioning from regional flying to mainline. And any tiny bit of schedule control is something that is going to be a big adjustment for me. There have been quite a few adaptions besides this one. Bigger planes, longer flights, more passengers which equates to more work and having coworkers in the cabin with me.
I am quite proud of the airline I work for now. I believe in their culture, values and people. I love to fly and it shows with this airline too. I was not prepared to leave my beloved regional for any airline but the major I am now employed by. I will say this though: the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Let me tell you about what I miss most. Last night I flew with my first set of friendly pilots at my major. I actually knew their names, where they are from, their family situation, etc. I miss knowing these personal things about the crews I work with. There is a big separation between cabin and cockpit at the majors, whereas it was me with my two pilots for the entirety of my trip at my regional airline. The pilots were my crew, not other flight attendants. Even though I never worked with other flight attendants at my small airline, I still knew all of the flight attendants at my tiny base. I miss that too. The family atmosphere was something I knew would be hard for me to let go of. It was comfortable.
However, on the other hand: big planes, schedule flexibility, diverse and exotic layovers are going to be easy adjustments for me. Instead of going to Rochester, NY every week now I’ll be going to Los Angeles, London, Seattle, Amsterdam and Paris. Wow.
Sometimes when I have time to stop and look around, I get emotional. Whether it be when I am plane spotting (which is a lot), walking through the airport or walking along the streets of a new city on an overnight… If you ever catch me in one of these moments you might see my eyes get a little watery. It’s hard for me to fathom how I got so lucky. I am so blessed to be doing something I love and accomplishing my goals of seeing the world for the company I most wanted to work for.
Don’t give up on your dreams, y’all. Work hard and be kind to people, the rest will fall into place when it’s meant to be.
I hope to catch y’all in the sky soon. Happy flying!
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