Most of the time, when we are applying for the cabin crew role we don’t really understand what kind of flights we will need to operate. Long haul, short haul flights – we don’t really care in the beginning of our career, the most important thing at that point is “to get the job”…
As for myself I prefer short and medium haul flights, and the main reason why I chose to work for a company that only operates short/medium haul flights. Its ideal for me 🙂 I like to have medium flights, where I have time to do my duties and to really enjoy the work. Afterwards, I go home, sleep in my own bed and get a good nights sleep! Also, Cabin Crew (CC) who are operating medium haul flights, usually stick with the same company longer – they don’t often get to sleep in hotel rooms, and therefore have more of a balanced lifestyle. 🙂 Of course, long haul flights also give you the opportunity to travel the world (usually on the company’s tab), but trust me, I am an Flight Attendant and after 10 hrs of flying, all you want to do is SLEEP and get some rest because you are exhausted – your body, skin and brain requires a good rest – whether its in your own bed, or within a hotel thousands of miles from home.
So… What is the difference between a long haul Vs. a short haul flight?
Duration: 6 to 12 hours
A long-haul flight lasts from six to twelve hours and is typically made by a wide-body aircraft such as a Boeing 767, Boeing 777, Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A380. The flight length typically requires over six and a half hours to cover and is often a non-stop flight. Only a few narrow-body aircraft, such as the Boeing 757, have true long-haul capability. These aircraft are commonly used on secondary transatlantic routes (www.wikipedia.org)
Companies: Qantas, Emirates, Qatar, Virgin Atlantic, American Airways, British Airways, Etihad Airways, KLM etc.
Duration: Under 3 hours
Airline definitions differ on what is considered a short-haul flight. Thomas Cook Airlines defines it as a flight taking less than three hours to complete. For Ryanair, a short- haul can be from the UK to Spain. For Etihad , a short-haul might include a flight from the UAE to India. For the UK, they define a short-haul flight as an absolute flight distance under 2,000 miles (3,200 km). Most domestic flights (where the departure airport and the arrival airport are in the same country) are short-haul. (www.wikipedia.org)
- Medium-haul flights
Duration: 3 to 6 hours
A medium-haul flight lasts from three and six hours and is typically made by an Airbus A320,321,319,318 or a Boeing 737-700 or Boeing 737-800 An example of a medium-haul flight is between the United Kingdom and Egypt, which takes approximately five and half hours.(www.wikipedia.org)
Companies: Wizzair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Ryanair, Monarch, Blueair, Easyjet, etc.
If you are still undecided as to which company you really want to work for, and which is the best for you, you have to put yourself first, and figure out what you really want. Things to consider:
Long haul: Great opportunity to explore the world, see new places, meet new people. No two days are the same. You fly for longer, but have more days off in between flights. Downside is that you are also away from home a lot, which means you don’t have the greatest home life. Perfect job if you are single!
Short haul: Great job if you have a family life, as you will be home every night. You still get to explore new places, but they are places closer to home.