Reserve Round Two

The long tiring month of reserve has finally come to an end and in comparison to my last reserve month, this one has been incredibly busy. I never fly this much in a month normally, so I’m happy to have these TEN trips out the way and back to knowing what’s going on with my life again. I know some people find these interesting as I did it last year, so here’s how my month panned out exactly…

Day 1: Rest Day
Day 2: 3am – 9am Home Standby
Day 2 Update: Tehran, Iran Turn Around
Day 3: Airport Standby 8pm-Midnight
Day 3 Update: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Turn Around
Day 4: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Turn Around
Day 5: Home Standby 8am – 2pm
Day 5 Update: Johannesburg, South Africa Layover
Day 6: Johannesburg, South Africa Layover
Day 7: Johannesburg, South Africa Layover
Day 8: Day Off
Day 9: Day Off
Day 10: Airport Standby 6am – 10am
Day 10 Update: Entebbe, Uganda Layover
Day 11: Entebbe, Uganda Layover
Day 12: Rest Day
Day 13: Bangkok, Thailand Layover
Day 14: Bangkok, Thailand Layover
Day 15: Day Off
Day 16: Day Off
Day 17: Day Off
Day 18: Airport Standby 8pm – Midnight
Day 18 Update: Hyderabad, India Turn Around
Day 19: Hyderbad, India Turn Around
Day 20: 3am – 9am Home Standby
Day 20 Update: Dammam, Saudi Arabia Turn Around
Day 21: Paris, France Layover
Day 22: Paris, France Layover
Day 23: Paris, France Layover
Day 24: Day Off
Day 25: Day Off
Day 26: Day Off
Day 27: Boston, USA Layover
Day 28: Boston, USA Layover
Day 29: Boston, USA Layover
Day 30: Day Off
Day 31: Day Off
Day 32: Bangalore, India Turn Around


So I’m now back to a “normal routine” if that’s what you can call cabin crew life, and headed to Sudan tomorrow afternoon! As always, feel free to follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook:


12 Comments Add yours

  1. tinam78 says:

    Hi Jessica,

    I was wondering if you have to cover your hair on turn around flights between landing and taking off in Saudi Arabia and Iran or you can have your normal red hat on head.


    1. We don’t cover our hair no, and our hat is only worn whilst we’re on ground. It’s taken off before take off, and placed back on when we’re back on ground 😊


      1. tinam78 says:

        Thank you for very kind answer. 🙂


  2. Lisa says:

    Could you please do a post about one of your turn around flights to Saudi or India and how the service goes etc? Thanks! Xx


    1. Yeah sure! That’s something I can do! 😊 xx


  3. Hey Jessica,

    The details are indeed interesting. Seems like you got pulled onto a flight all times you were standby. Does that happen often?



    1. It really depends! This is the first time I’ve ever been pulled out from airport standby, so it varies.

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  4. Fernando says:

    Hii Jessica, i love your blog. Could you tell me the difference between Home Standby and Airport Standby? In an Airport Standby, do you have to spent that time at the airport?

    Thank you!


    1. Home standby is for six hours and you can be at home doing whatever you want. Sleeping/watching tv etc. You don’t have to be ready, but you do need to have some kind of organised case for if you do get a call. Airport standby is not actually at the airport but at HQ, we have a standby lounge and we are waiting for four hours. We could get called, we may not. I’ll be in uniform with a case packed for completely anything. Hope this helps! 🙂


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