Hello to everyone.
I'm new here. I heard from my class girls of such forum. I didn want to get involved but there are questions that all you girls posted, there are answers to those and since I have some time off my busy schedule, I really want to share them with you.
I'm currently under OJT. I'm not sure now if whatever i've gone through will be the same as the next batch so.. i'll be telling you what i've gone through.
After 1mth half trg in Singapore, you'll go to Japan trg for another 1mth half. the trg centre is in Haneda. you maybe staying in either the dorm(Narita), hotel(Narita), or hotel(Haneda). If you staying in Narita, the distance to the trg centre is 1hr+, if you stay in Haneda, the distance is 10-15mins. All by bus.
Trg in Japan will be fun because over weekends you can go shopping at harajuku, shibuya, shinjuku, etc., Disneyland and stuff. But do try to moderate urself because lessons in Japan ain't easy, there is a need for constant revisions. (If you're a shopaholic, please pack less in ur luggage to Japan, because my class girls and I had really a hard time packing our stuff back) If you think u wanna send parcel back, it cost about S$120+ by air(takes bout 1week) for i think 20kg; S$60+ by sea(takes bout i think 1mth) for 20kg as well.
After Japan trg, you'll start ur OJT(on the job trg) for a month (about 3 flight patterns; 2 US routes and 1 KIX route (osaka)). This is the time where it starts getting tough because what we've learnt in trg centre is pretty much different. Plus some seniors may be mean not because they dun like you, but they're just there to trg you so your attitude MUST be positive. Some japanese crew ain't nice too. Just keep smiling. Serious, it works. haha.
In japan, you stay in Marroad International Hotel, which is very far away from town area. Train fare (oneway) is about YEN1500 (S$17~18) and takes about 1hr+. But there is bus shuttle from the hotel to a nearby shopping mall (sth like causeway point) called AEON JUSCO. Also shuttle to Narita Station (aka SIN mrt).
In New York, you stay in Long Island Marriott, which is about 40mins~1hr away from Manhattan by train. Price wise i'm not sure because i didn't make it to Manhattan when i was there. There is also bus shuttle to Westbury station (MRT), Source Mall (shopping), Wall Mart (supermarket), Roosevelt Mall (MORE shopping), and Waldbaum Supermarket.
In LA, you stay in Holiday Inn Torrance. This is complicated. There is a bus stop outside the hotel, if you intend to go somewhere, you can ask the front desk what buses to take and where to transfer and etc, they'll help you. There is also day tours provided by the hotel (co organised with a travel agency) but i dun encourage because there are just issues with that agency and timing is NEVER to your liking. So just go F&E, you can speak english, dun worry.
I went Hollywood and places, it took me bout 40mins by bus, tell the bus driver where you're going, den when the stop comes, he/she will inform you. Its better for you to buy the Metro Day Pass, costs USD5 for the whole day, both buses and trains. SO WORTH IT! Bus shuttles from the hotel goes to Del Amo (shopping) and Galleria (shopping).
*Please be advised to buy bottles of drinking mineral water in Japan before going to US (water in US not really drinkable).
*Remember to keep small change for Tips.
In SanFrancisco, you stay in Hotel Inn San Francisco. I dun have details because haven go. LOL
In Osaka(KIX), you stay in Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. I dun have details also. Will come back and maybe post you details.
Singapore-based JAL goes to NewYork, LA, SanFrancisco, Osaka, Amsterdam (starting July), Guangzhou (heard it'll no longer be a stay-over flight but a turn around trip, yet to be confirmed). Also, starting August(or somewhere end of the yr), flight rest days will be cut. Meaning, for example if you touch down LA on mon, tues you'll have to fly back. Presently, the next day is an off day, flying back will the day after
touch down day (in this eg. its wed). Maybe this will only be for the US routes but i cannot confirm also. Final info is yet to posted.
Actually, in my opinion, JAL is not bad. You get to learn another language and many say that flights now are so little, you're earning only 1600K/mth. But seriously lah, flying with tight schedule is really tiring and you'll be in SIN for less than 10days/mth. i mean there are pros and cons joining this company, there are more rest days now and you have about 2 patterns in a mth but the company is trying to get more routes so in order to do so, they need to present sufficient man-power before clinching routes. Just tahen awhile more lors. anyways as yrs goes by, basic salary will increase, so not that bad.
Besides, Zappers are so much better than those in SIA.
Starting out is definitely tough but many seniors say after awhile, you get used to it, you'll enjoy it!
Dun keep comparing SIA and JAL, both have their good sides. When you're accepted into JAL, commit to the company. They offer you certain things SIA cannot offer. Join and find out for urself.
Hmm. Ok. i think i'm done for now. I hope i gave you girls informations you need/want. All the best and congrats to the next batch of girls. For those who didn't get in, try again, no worries! have confidence and you'll be through! *winks