>>> Aviation vocabulary for cabin crew

First thing you would learn on the Aviation college is NATO Alphabet, as a core of aviation vocabulary. It is important in aviation (as in military) since crew often speak among themselves in codes, in order to pass each other some important or alarming info. It is used also for example for mentioning aircraft registrations e.g B777 – EMY (Echo, Mike,  Yankee).

Here is an alphabet and it is good to start learning it as soon as possible, so give a try:

Now next what I wanted to do in this post, about aviation vocabulary for cabin crew, is that I tried to combine some terms I came across during my cabin crew career and words that are mostly used, based on categories rather than by alphabet. Read more

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>>> 11 airplane passenger types cabin crew deal with

Working as a cabin crew gives you an opportunity to meet so many different kinds of people, and learn about various nationalities and cultures. BELIEVE ME – some stereotypes you might have heard about certain nationalities, actually are TRUE :-)! Passengers (PAX) are the most important on the flight, as they paid their ticket a lot and want to enjoy the full luxury of it -> get the food they want (if there are several meal choices), be served whenever they ask for it, and be treated with respect.  

We, as cabin crew on Emirates Airlines, were trained for example to deliver excellent service with premium products on-board. But… sometimes, on certain flights, we had passengers which could be tough and hard to deal with, so causing us big troubles. Crew members would try to respond perfectly to the given situations, of course. 


Let’s see certain airplane passenger types I came across during my cabin crew career

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>>> Interview with flight attendant Classy Explorer (guest blog by Tigrest)

I am so happy to show you the interview done by my inspiring fellow travel blogger – Maria a.k.a. Tigrest with me being a cabin crew for Emirates Airlines. I thank her for taking an interest in me and posting this as part of her blog.  Here is a small preview about it:

“Looking over my past posts, I realized that airline related articles (airline secrets) are among the most popular ones so far. In order to add some fresh content and mix it up, I asked my fellow blogger and friend – Mirela, The Classy Explorer – to answer a few questions related to her flight attendant career. Here is the full Interview with flight attendant Classy Explorer…..”

In order to read more click HERE to read the full article.

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>>> Tips to fix Cabin Crew Open Day mistakes

I am sure most of you already read 100 times about what is required for cabin crew open day –  how to behave, how to be dressed, what to bring with you etc. And here I primarily refer to requirements for airlines like Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. But still many fail during the assessments because of some small or big mistakes they neglected prior to going or during for this important event.

I would like to summarize and give you some advice about it – and so I prepared tips on what you should and should NOT do on cabin crew open day – which are usually part of my consultation when being asked from potential candidates. In one of  my previous blog posts I already wrote important cabin crew requirements, so it is worth to read it as well, to see if you are fit for this job at all.

Usual Cabin Crew Open Day mistakes

  • You are not informed or knowledgeable about the airline you applied for >>> You should always do some google search, ask friends who have someone already flying for that airline, use social media (like this blog also). You need to be prepared if a recruiter asks you what you know about that airline. And also you to be aware who are you applying for. Big mistake is if you mix up the airlines, in case you apply for the competitor airlines as well and they have open days in the same period. Read more
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>>> Self-interview : Classy Explorer as an Emirates cabin crew

For all of you who are eager to become Emirates cabin crew (or of other Middle Eastern airlines) and wonder how it is in reality from someone who has already done it, then here is my story. Hopefully you are already following my  blog website, as there are more posts about cabin crew tutorial. I prepared few questions I was being asked several times, and made it more structural and easier to understand for everybody.

Why did I become cabin crew for Emirates?

I already wrote in one of my first posts why I became cabin crew, and if you missed reading it you can check the blog post here, and maybe you find if you have similar motivations and desires with mine. Now I wanted to tell you a story of me as a cabin crew, what I liked and disliked personally, to tell why I left the job… If any more questions after reading this, ask me freely.

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>>> Exclusive: Interview with former Emirates cabin crew

Hello there!  As a special post edition, I invited for an interview a former cabin crew, my dear friend who used to work for Emirates airlines much longer than I did. And also since I value him to have been a great cabin crew and real example of what a male cabin crew should look like, act and behave…Hence, I wanted to share with you what he has to say about his career, about Emirates airlines, work conditions, challenges of being a male cabin crew, living in Dubai..

Listen to audio file of the Interview here:

If you would like to get the Interview in the PDF format, as well as to be informed about my future travel and cabin crew posts,  please join my mailing list by subscribing to my Newsletter below and send me a message to my email HERE after you have done it 🙂 :

Here are some photos from the actual audio Interview taking place at a nice cafe in Belgrade called Uzitak Coffee selection and delights.

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>>> Important cabin crew requirements

Since I started my blog and already wrote few posts for the potential cabin crew candidates, under the Cabin crew tutorial section, I  noticed a lot of inquiries coming to my inbox regarding the cabin crew requirements. More specifically asking my advice if they are fulfilling those requirements. So I decided to write down the basics,  for most of the Middle Easter’s airlines, and I also added even more important ones – in which cases you should NOT apply for cabin crew job.

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>>> What it takes to become cabin crew?

First question every potential candidate, who wants to become cabin crew, should be:  “Do I have what it takes from what is actually required for that profession?” In this post, I will be explaining the main points, and hopefully if you are reading this, you will find what you are looking for.

In all of my blog posts I will be interchanging all the terms explaining this occupation – which are cabin crew, steward/ess, flight attendant… as interestingly I do not know so many occupations out there having several names for it like this one. One of the silly ones I heard once was  “Trolley-dolly”  – but I will skip it of course :-).

Did you wonder what is needed to become cabin crew? 

It is not only about flying, seeing new places and meeting different cultures, it has a lot of hard work involved. Many sleepless nights, so forget 9-17 h working hours, and also sometimes having not so pleasant situations  for which you must have good stamina for. Maybe you just want to make your wish come true, like I made my childhood wish which was to become stewardess one day. But I also wanted some changes in my life, so maybe that could be one of your reasons too. Read my full blog post on why did I choose to do it in my life. Read more

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>>> Why did I become a cabin crew? Is this your dream maybe?

Cabin crew photoWell… I was 26 at the time, living in Budapest, working in an office, my love life and my social life were not as I imagined to be. I felt bored and like I needed something more of my life before becoming 30. My cousin’s girlfriend at the time had just started working for Etihad Airlines (based in Abu Dhabi, UAE) and I got jealous of her stories of visiting places like Indonesia, Philippines. Australia etc. and  so I started thinking… of my God, how can I ever get to these places in the near future. And I was thinking and thinking….and maybe you are also in a similar phase of your life right now, so doing the same thing and you don’t know how to change things around you…

But then, thanks to my mother who encouraged me to go for it, I went to an Emirates airlines’ Open day recruitment session held in Belgrade,  passed various tests (I will talk about them later) and within two months I had a air ticket and contract for three years with Emirates airlines, which is based in Dubai. Maybe, this what happened was also partially influenced with the fact that my father used to be a  commercial pilot for JAT Airways (former Yugoslavia’s and Serbia’s national carrier), and I dreamed of becoming stewardess one day since I was little, and loved airplanes, flying, and blue skies…My father was even supposed to work for this airline back in 1986 but rejected it, and to me it seemed so like a destiny to go there and work for this airline.

I chose Dubai, rather than Abu Dhabi – which is a base for Etihad as I mentioned above, since I was there  for the first time when I was 6 years old and my greatest wish was to visit it again someday, though never imagined or dreamed I would be actually living there. And because Dubai was and still is, and I will write more about it, an amazing place to be, liberated comparing to other Arab states, very international, funky, glammy, fast…and ever-growing city. While Abu Dhabi, on the other hand, is more conservative, and less “fun“, but more family oriented, and I see now that there are some new interesting theme parks there, also Formula One race….

And those flying years were great years for me, seeing what I saw, feeling what I felt, experiencing so many cool things. And plus so many of my wishes came true. That was the time when I started making my own bucket list and ticking off things I already did. I encourage you to make one for yourself and if you want some tips how to do it and maybe some ideas I am prepare you a free Bucket list checklist with some tips on the sidebar.

Life is beautiful or „La vita e bella“. And life gives us so many opportunities, just waiting for us to grab them, sit on wings and flyaway. I am always thinking I would rather die knowing than not knowing. And if it is now the time to do it, never be sorry for what you have done, but what you have not…

Three years of flying were enough for me, as I reached 30 at the time, and wanted to come back home and do again something else, less dynamic. It started being a bit tiring for me physically and that was just one of the reasons for me to stop. I thought being 30 was already like being old….but rubbish – now I see it is definitely not…However,  I accomplished some of my goals, earned some money as well and therefore wanted to leave that part of my life in the best memory. If I started flying younger as a cabin crew, I would definitely spend more years being there.

Therefore I advise young people to apply, as soon as they can, starting from age of 21 of course. See the world, when you have most energy and  you can do all other stuff you plan to, like family later anyways etc.

With this blog I therefore intend to advise also on how to become a cabin crew for Middle eastern airlines, which are one of the best airlines in the world, business –  wise and people – wise. European airlines will never give you the opportunities you can get in the Middle east or Asia..

Don’t wait much to apply for it, remember time is ticking…..tick tock
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>>> Why did I start this blog?

Since I finished my airline cabin crew life, and returned to a „regular“ living life in 2010, I was being asked xyz times by various people on how to travel here and there, what to see at the destinations, how to become a cabin crew for Middle Eastern airline, how was that the job like, how is Dubai, which destinations I liked the most, how was the living abroad… Hence, I decided to put it all together and at the same time to try to build this blog, as travel is my passion, and so maybe develop this project later to something even bigger.

All in all, my primary goal is to be here for you, my readers and to consult you with all my resources. I want to pass on to you some of my experiences which I find interesting to mention, so that you can see one point of view; it is always better to read some personal experiences rather than typical guides like „Top 10 things to do in…“. I will give you some tips and advises naturally, just I will try to be different from existing travel blogs out there, since Internet is a free zone and there is plenty of material to find and read. But not all of them are that simple, easy to read, or maybe not all are reaching to your preferences and contain the right thing you are searching for.

Why name the Classy Explorer?

I was searching for the right name for weeks, and I can tell you it is one of the hardest thing to set up when starting the blog or website, since it will be like your own brand, difficult to change later after you paid registration fee, so it has to be a good one from the start. I just knew I wanted to have root in word “explore” because it refers to a lot of things, like exploring in travel, learning new things, advising those who want to travel, planning…There are bunch of already taken domain names, so it is quite hard to find out you can not get the one you like, when you thought you came up with a good name. Finally, I was thinking what word would explain me personally and  as an explorer in general, and it was the word  “classy” – as I am neat, love to be elegant and  I love smart and fancy stuff.

I was never a backpacker, nor a constant travel-around-the-world globe trotter, I also didn’t leave home to live a nomadic life – but I did travel more than an average person, while working as a cabin crew and also on my own. I like to say I have “air in my blood”, since I love to travel by air mainly, to feel that excitement of take off (which is my favorite part of the flight).

I am writing the blog in English and not in Serbian from one very good reason, and that is to reach more of you guys. English today is like knowing your name, MUST know, and if you want to travel around the world, it is advisable to know at least basics. Therefore I will use simple sentences with clear wording, understandable for common users. I am also not the native so I might be making  some mistakes as well, but please do not judge me for that.

With this blog I am trying to reach out to those who have the same wish or passion as I did and still do – to see places, experience new things, enjoy little things in life… also want to travel the world, maybe have just a short stay somewhere and I will show you the way to do it as being a cabin crew…by showing you interesting stuff about it. Maybe you will see yourself in me, or I will give you some ideas or plans for future.

I want to show you, teach you, consult you so do not hesitate to contact me here.

Why would you want me to consult you at the first place – me the Classy Explorer – because I did travel the world, I visited 50 countries, 130 cities, I worked for one of the best airlines in the world, lived in three countries, studied, lived and worked in international environments, worked for a successful travel agency and did marketing for it, plus I am good at planning and organizing, love putting things to be as perfect as they can be, I love doing this blog, developing myself in consulting and you can help me being even better in it.

Experientia docet. Experto crede. – Experience teaches. Trust the expert.

And my advice is free of charge now so why not use this opportunity immediately.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

— Mark Twain

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