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Being a Qatar Airways Crew

Postby qatarbabe » Wed, 01 Nov 2006 7:18 pm

So far, in my 3 years here, i've always been really happy being a Cabin Crew with QR.

But lately, this company has been plagued by so many rumours that I myself find it hard to swallow.

For those who are working with QR, care to confirm any of the rumours? As for those thinking of joining QR, as they always say, there cannot be fire without fuel..

Here's 2 examples:-

1) Al Maha accommodation (Female) is doing a test run now. If you are in the country (OFF DAYS), you must be in your accommodation by 9pm sharp. If not, harsh disciplinary action. (4 girls have gotten called into the office already)

2) You will soon also need to be in your accommodation at least 12 hours before your next scheduled flight.


Whats going on?!

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Postby toygirl » Wed, 01 Nov 2006 8:38 pm

Gosh I wouldn't be surprised that a dog tag be attached to your leg anytime soon. Anyway, as long as you do your job and follow the procedures, you'll be fine, plus you are happy.

I know of one friend who had difficulty getting leave for her marriage that she resigned. Or calling in sick and you must be in your apartment in case crew scheduling calls to verify.

But the best I remember was a girl getting fired because her lipstick was of the wrong shade?

I know your current Recruitment CC Manager jumped shipped from EK, I wonder why she did huh? Perhaps after the mass sacking of EK CCMs? Hmmm...

Generally people I know who worked with QR have nothing good to say about it. The ones who stay are the ones who either enjoy it or there because they have to as they find anything better. QR hasn't recruited in London or Australia in a while and concentrating their recruitment in South Asia, Eastern Europe and South East Asia.....

Hang in there :) Crew welfare there at QR is such a priority :P Just kidding.

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Postby Plavt » Wed, 01 Nov 2006 9:08 pm

toygirl wrote:QR hasn't recruited in London or Australia in a while and concentrating their recruitment in South Asia, Eastern Europe and South East Asia.....


The economy in the UK at present is pretty good shape; should you be a skilled foreigner it is not that difficult to get a job here. Even at the lower end of the scale there are jobs being done by a good many foreigners such as; farm labouring, domestic helps, care-givers, bus and lorry driving. In addition the culture is such that most here would not have much liking or tolerance for the regime imposed by the airline mentioned above which I find dictatorial to say the least. :(

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Re: Being a Qatar Airways Crew

Postby tenshi » Thu, 02 Nov 2006 12:22 am

qatarbabe wrote:So far, in my 3 years here, i've always been really happy being a Cabin Crew with QR.

But lately, this company has been plagued by so many rumours that I myself find it hard to swallow.

For those who are working with QR, care to confirm any of the rumours? As for those thinking of joining QR, as they always say, there cannot be fire without fuel..

Here's 2 examples:-

1) Al Maha accommodation (Female) is doing a test run now. If you are in the country (OFF DAYS), you must be in your accommodation by 9pm sharp. If not, harsh disciplinary action. (4 girls have gotten called into the office already)

2) You will soon also need to be in your accommodation at least 12 hours before your next scheduled flight.


Whats going on?!


Hello everyone

During the final interview, I was told by one of the interviewers that females must be in their accommodation by 11 pm latest and we must have at least 11 hours of rest before our next flight. That is to say, we must be in Doha at least 11 hours before we report for work. I guess this regulation is necessary so as to ensure that crew are well-rested before they report for work, thus keeping up the service standards. Well-rested = Good service. Perhaps that's how they see it.

I heard that the airport security uses a thumbprint system every time crew comes back from overseas and this system traces the no. of hours you've been in Doha before your next working flight. Is this true?

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Postby qatarbabe » Thu, 02 Nov 2006 7:12 am

Naturally we all do understand the concept of Good Rest = Good Service. Which frankly is fine by me, but .. you need to understand that it feels like we're on parole or something.

In regards to the thumbprint system, yes it is true. Should we go out of Doha (for leave or days off), when we arrive, we need to get our thumbprints scanned near the arrival belts and regardless of whether your aircraft did land 12 hours b4 your next flight, if you do not scan you thumbprint in time, you're still liable for disciplinary actions.

I'm highly disappointed at all of this but for me, I do have responsibilities and with it, comes the fact I do have to adhere to the rules as layed down by this company.

There goes my midnight movies, coffee at starbucks at 1am in the morning and, lets just even forget meeting up with my friends.. (once you start flying, the possibility of having the same day off is close to ZERO)

So, for those who are used to an active lifestyle and don't mind adhering to these rules (you'll never get to camp out in the desert in the winter and star gaze), then welcome on board..

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Postby toygirl » Sat, 04 Nov 2006 6:19 pm

Qatarbabe Cell 1001 - Roll call, prison in? Yes. Toygirl Cell 1002 is prisoner in? Yes. :p

Sorry. I need my freedom. I remember how a couple of months ago the QR recruiter (some Pinoy ex PAL guy) and some Sri Lankan lady (no CC experience) went all "We want you to be well rested....plus there is a bond) - Uh huh......

I don't know. But everyone I know from QR has left and they all told me bad stuff and it's strict. But one Malaysian friend I know is very happy as she earns RM7000 - much more than her SPM (O levels) in KL.

You sacrifice one thing for another. And yes, someone must have done something for rules to be implemented. But sometimes the rules are crazy. Those who are going there, please do not screw up and tarnish others.....

I remember that some crew misused emergency leave. Then when other crew had real emergencies - it would be assumed it's all fake. I don't know. It just seemed terrible for my friends.

Hang in there. You've been there 3 years. Gosh, another 3 more good years to come eh? :P

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Postby PrincessQatar » Wed, 08 Nov 2006 10:10 pm

Yes i have heard about Al-Maha accomodation doing the run test on the curfew thing and if all goes well,they are going to implement it on all accomodations.
Sad to say,if they really do this,i think many crews would resign.Yes we work for the company but that does not mean we have to give away our freedom to them too.I don't know how i can cope with this coz if even on our off days we can't go out and hang out then what is life here in DOHA?

No more late night movies?No more partying?No more supper?ha!They are treating us like babies!!..they should do these to the other departments as well then only they realise how ridiculous it is.Besides,no memo was given out for this run thing and the poor four gals got terminated for something which they were not aware of?sheesh!!...

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Postby queenie-me » Thu, 09 Nov 2006 12:03 am

PrincessQatar wrote:Yes i have heard about Al-Maha accomodation doing the run test on the curfew thing and if all goes well,they are going to implement it on all accomodations.
Sad to say,if they really do this,i think many crews would resign.Yes we work for the company but that does not mean we have to give away our freedom to them too.I don't know how i can cope with this coz if even on our off days we can't go out and hang out then what is life here in DOHA?

No more late night movies?No more partying?No more supper?ha!They are treating us like babies!!..they should do these to the other departments as well then only they realise how ridiculous it is.Besides,no memo was given out for this run thing and the poor four gals got terminated for something which they were not aware of?sheesh!!...


I understand about the curfew rule was set in Qatar. I didn't know it's that bad?
May I just ask u and qatarbabe:
How do u cope with all this stress with the curfew and etc?
How do u manage to put away all your freedom and concentrate on your career in being a crew?

I'm just curious how can you manage with this kind of curfew regulations. Cause' I definitely can't manage with that. As I got to adapt to stay in my place until I have to go to work.

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Postby qatarbabe » Thu, 09 Nov 2006 1:53 am

The new rules have yet to take effect. So for now, a whole lot of us are making use of every single opportunity to run out and play till we can't play no more. HAHA.

I just read this blog entry from a Thai girl who recently got fired from QR. I suggest those who are intending to join us to actually read this (pardon the bad english and all alright .. )

http://blog.myspace.com/anita_v

Many of us are here purely for the $$$. I'm struggling to save enough money to be part of the "yuppy" crowd back in Singapore. And when that finally happens, I'll be out of here. Sometimes, its all about focus focus focus.. Everyday, you wake up, look at the mirror and tell yourself. I MUST BE A MILLIONAIRE (my rates are in Qatari Riyals, so thats about SGD600,000 la!)

But if I do resign earlier, I really wouldn't be surprised.

So far, in the past 1 week, 3 Singaporeans have resigned and left already. My counts are from the oldies in the company.. Not sure about the newer ones..

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Postby PrincessQatar » Thu, 09 Nov 2006 5:20 am

I would say i love my job and i like being here but recently with all these new rules and regulations i don't know how long i'l last..not that i would resign..it never came across my mind to resign so soon but the fear of getting terminated is there..I'm begining to create a new life here and i don't wish to end it anytime soon.
Like what qatarbabe says..the money is good and it's good enough to encourage you to stay if you have the will.
You just have to play your cards right and go with the flow crossing my fingers i would not let out the wrong cards! :-|

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Postby toygirl » Thu, 09 Nov 2006 10:23 pm

Why am I not surprised.

I know of BKK crew ditching their stuff in their layover hotel in BKK and running home.

I know people getting sacked for weird reasons - I remember one was sacked for drinking mineral water in uniform - or some ridiculous reason.

Just be safe!

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Postby corines143 » Sun, 12 Nov 2006 8:58 pm

hi there

for this Qatar airlines
when is their next interview? and are we located at their country or can we request to stay in spore? pls share.. thanks
SingaporeGIrl - I wanna fly!! hehe

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Postby qatarbabe » Mon, 13 Nov 2006 5:07 am

We are all based in Doha, Qatar.

We have NO bases in Singapore.

As for when is the next interview, I'm not too sure.

But, may i suggest that you read up on the country as well as the airline before deciding on whether to join or not.. As its not as rosy as it always seems to sound. :)

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Another reason why you have to seriously reconsider QR

Postby qatarbabe » Sun, 19 Nov 2006 2:26 pm

Starting Nov. 20th 2006, we will be testing out this new STANDBY called "Airport Standby" .. (right now, when we are on standby, we are just required to be "ready" at home in case they require a crew to operate a flight. No need to change into uniform etc until they activate you.. at which time, you are given time to change etc)..

Airport Standby means .. now, you have to report to work in FULL UNIFORM with a NIGHT STOP PACK with both cold and warm weather clothes during the hours of your standby... :shock:

How does this make us more productive on flight? :mad:

I know I have always been pro QR becoz of various other reasons, reasons which I can fully understand and comprehend.. But for this?? I know rumors about this have been floating around for quite awhile, but its highly ridiculous and in my opinion, counter productive.

I highly hope it ain't just me that will protest against this (without getting terminated :wink: ) so that this will not come into full effect..

Could someone explain the logic behind this?

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Postby toygirl » Mon, 20 Nov 2006 12:19 am

Protest? - You'll be sent home immediately. Just put up a brave front and do it - Gosh, getting worser there huh?

Hang in there!


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