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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The benefits of being a flying crew

The benefits or perks of a crew are enormous. For example, the crew is given the opportunity to visit places of interests of many countries, shop for the cheapest and best products which may not even be available back home etc.
Here, I want to talk about the opportunity of buying the freshest fruits,vegetables and meat from places like Australia and New Zealand. Besides being fresh and sweet,these goodies are also much cheaper than back home.
The crew would buy these stuff from a place called Victoria Market whenever the stopped in Melbourne. The crew could also shop for the above in SYD and PER as well as in AKL.

The airline allowed the crew to buy a certain limit of the above. It should be bought for personal consumption and not to re-sell to make a profit.

While night stopping in Australia, a stewardess bought 7 to 10 crates of fresh fruits and was stopped by the S'pore customs at the airport. They found out that her family had a fruit stall.
The matter was brought up to the airline's attention and since that time, the crew was not allowed to buy fruits packed in the crate. The airline did not totally withdraw that perks but limit the crew to buying a small amount and stowing them in their bags.

It was the same story with the buying of meat like lamb and beef. One is able to get the freshest and best lamb rack and shoulder of lamb as well as beef rib-eye, striploin of beef etc. They cost much lesser than in S'pore.

Do you know at one time the crew was allowed to fly free of charge within Malaysia during their off-days? All one has to do was to speak to the captain, hop on his flight and travel in the cockpit. Again it was due to the abuse that led the airline to withdraw this privilege.



Today, the crew while night stopping in South Africa would buy the famous Bio-Oil which is known to heal scars, blemishes and other skin problems. It is being sold in the pharmacies in S'pore but at more than double the price as compared to the ones in S.A. More often than not, it is out-of-stock here.
A 60 ml(smaller bottle in the picture) cost S$15 and the bigger bottle(125 ml) cost $26 over in S'pore.
I understand from a crew recently that one was caught with a thousand dollars worth of the Bio-Oil when she arrived at S'pore from S.A. She had intended to resell them. (it may be just a rumour).


16 comments:

Insider said...

The story of the stewardess caught with many bots of bio oil is true. She has been fired. Thought you knew about it BT.

Boh Tong said...

Insider thanks for the info. I thought it was just a rumour.

U noe who's this said...

Each time I read your blog it puts a smile on my face cos I know you are ok.

Boh Tong said...

"U noe who's this" thank u beli much and yes I know who you are.

Anonymous said...

Boh tong..... I been reading your blog like tough reading ST everyday.....
My only concern is that the bonding between crew is lost totally....
E.g if a family is united.... How can outsiders create mayhem?
Same concept for cabin crew......
If everyone can be easy going and live and let live and enjoy out stations makan n crew bonding in a sincere n social way.....life will be more meaningful
To everyone who reads this blog....
Stop complaining and reflect on ourselves...
Have we been always nice !
Have we been forgiving!
Have we all never gossiped or made rumors wout facts!
Unity is only formed when differences are set aside...
Live n let live

Anonymous said...

What bonding you're talking about? SIA has dismantled "team" flying in order to sow discord amongst the cc. This is one way of getting info about the activities of the seniors like the one which BT blogged below this posting.

Anonymous said...

Bohtong what type of camera did you use for the bio oil pic? It is crystal clear and very well snapped.

Boh Tong said...

I am using the Lumia 1020 phone which has a 41 megapixel camera.

Anonymous said...

I agree that we all should unite and start to be caring and nice to each other.... Like a colleague. Instead of senior/junior relationship. Time to change the culture!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree that we all should unite and start to be caring and nice to each other.... Like a colleague. Instead of senior/junior relationship. Time to change the culture!!!

Don't be idealistic. In today's environment how could one be caring and united? It's to each his own is more realistic.

Anonymous said...

Team flying was a total fiasco and was never intended to foster crew bonding and had to be dismantled. The original system without the teams is a time-honoured tradition in almost every airine. It is natural; crew from all walks of lives and culture get to mingle, grow and work together as collegues and friends. Team flying is similar to the DIVIDE AND RULE strategy found in the evil schemes of colonial masters.

Anonymous said...

Many yrs ago, my ex team FSS was caught by Customs, with several designer dresses in her baggage from a PAR flight. Her contract was not extended several months later but fortunately for her, she was not terminated immediately. She has a shop in Orchard road selling designer dresses. The shop's name is Po*s*. I believe its still in operation with more than 1 outlet.

Anonymous said...

5 years flying junior says:

Other benefits of flying attendant are life time free supplies of toothbrushes, bedroom slippers, toilet rolls, tissue papers, shampoo, body lotion , conditioner, shower caps lol.

best regards,
5 years flying junior

Anonymous said...

Hi bt,

I know that cc fly with different colleague, IFS on each flight. There are no practice of fly with the same group of ppl every time. May I know why is that so? isn't flying with same group of colleague can make stronger relationship and teamwork? thank you.

regard,
the pax

Boh Tong said...

CC used to fly with the same colleagues at one time (team or ward flying as it was known). I agree with you that it "can make stronger relationship and teamwork". However, the current management do not think like you and I do. They have their reasons to dismantle team flying. I don't really understand their thinking. Hope I have answered your question satisfactorily.

Anonymous said...

In order to have "team" flying, the team needs to be rostered to fly together. This means, people who went on leave or Reservists training or were sick had to be scheduled to fit into the team's schedule. This was a big headache for roster officers.

Some teams' rosters were unbalanced.. always doing European flights followed by South Asia flights.

The next reason is that team flying created issues in appraisals. If the team bonded very well, all the appraisals were above average.

Third reason is teams have encouraged love affairs.

Finally, the management wanted to start 360 degree appraisals ( which is a silly concept for crew ). With team flying, extremes in 360 feedback can occur.

Anyway, now rojak, so better for roster dept.. they simply chuck you whatever flight so long as allowances balance or average out. And it is good to have each crew watching their own backsides... stabbing each other.

Meanwhile managers just watch the drama unfold... better than korean soap.