How Does Reserve Work?

My reserve month is finally completed, and I cannot at all believe the luck I’ve had. Not one turn around. This is pretty much unheard of! So whoever was looking down on me in crew rostering, thank you, you’re gonna have some good karma. Anyway, I thought I would do a little post just to show you what a reserve month can look like for those who don’t really understand or its confusing or don’t really get what reserve is. We have reserve usually around once every 7 months and its to basically ensure that the airline can still run smoothly for crew who are ill, flights that are much busier or if someone doesn’t show up for a flight. There always needs to be crew on call that can be pulled at the last minute. It was a long month for me as I am someone who loves having a plan and being organised so this for me was tough never knowing what I was doing, but as you’ll read below in a little bit it was actually pretty good for me!

Day 1: Day Off
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: 3am – 9am Home Standby
Day 3 Update: Lusaka, Harare Multi Sector Layover
Day 4: Lusaka, Harare Multi Sector Layover
Day 5: Lusaka, Harare Multi Sector Layover
Day 6: Day Off
Day 7: Day Off
Day 8: 6am – 10am Airport Standby
Day 9: 9pm – 5am Home Standby
Day 9 Update: London Heathrow, UK Layover
Day 10: London Heathrow, UK Layover
Day 11: London Heathrow, UK Layover
Day 12: Day Off
Day 13: Day Off
Day 14: Day Off
Day 15: Day Off
Day 16: 9pm – 5am Home Standby
Day 16 Update: New York, USA Layover
Day 17: New York, USA Layover
Day 18: New York, USA Layover
Day 19: New York, USA Layover
Day 20: Day Off
Day 21: Day Off
Day 22: Day Off
Day 23: Rest
Day 24: 3am – 9am Home Standby
Day 24 Update: Hamburg, Germany Layover
Day 25: Hamburg, Germany Layover
Day 26: Hamburg, Germany Layover
Day 27: Day Off
Day 28: Rest
Day 29: 3am – 9am Home Standby
Day 29 Update: Prague, Czech Republic Layover
Day 30: Prague, Czech Republic Layover
Day 31: Day Off

I hope that explains crew life a little bit better and if you have any questions just put them in the comments below. I’m currently at home having a little break from work, but it is so unbelievably cold here that I cannot wait to get back to Dubai for some sunshine in my life. My next trip is to Durban, so stay posted for what I get up to in South Africa!

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. So when it says layover, that means you’re simply in that city for all of those days+your days off?!

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    1. Jessicaaahhh says:

      So where it’s written New York Layover that includes the flight and the layover. My days off are days off in Dubai 😊

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      1. Oh! Yay!! Okay, have fun! Thank you for the reply!

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  2. Lucy says:

    Enjoy Durbs. My new home. Originally from Zimbabwe which I see you recently visited❤️Hoping to become a cabin crew member for Emirates next year☺️

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  3. abbey says:

    good post!
    if someone doesn’t show up for a flight, is it with prior notice or just didn’t show up. what are the penalty for such crew? thanks

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    1. Jessicaaahhh says:

      If you get an absent so you miss your eGate before your flight this will be marked down and you will be called in to see your manager and they will speak with you etc

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  4. I have 2 blocks of standby coming up and I am praying that the roster gods are kind to me haha!

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    1. Jessicaaahhh says:

      Fingers crossed the rostering gods are good to you!!

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  5. Regina says:

    Hi, im just wondering, if its written DAY OFF (RSV) on June 29 & 30 and my reserve month will start on July. I am just wondering if its a day off or no?

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    1. Jessicaaahhh says:

      For emirates crew Day Off RSV means a day off however if there happens to be an extreme shortage of crew your roster could be changed but they would call you to ask. I’ve never had this happen to me or anyone I know though!

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      1. Regina says:

        So there’s a chance of not getting called? And if i say no it will be okay? And its a day off after all? Sorry new to this. 😅

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      2. Jessicaaahhh says:

        I can say there’s a 99.999999999% chance you won’t get called. Take it as a day off!

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  6. Regina says:

    Thank you so much Jessica ! 😘

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