Travel Journeys

 British Airways

South Africa March 2016

Hi Everyone,

I travelled to South Africa earlier this year from British Airways from Heathrow 'The home of BA'.
The cabin crew were amazing and I spent a lot of the flight talking to Lauren. She is an asset to the company and is new to the flying community. The new aircraft BA have ordered is the A380-800 this aircraft is spacious and the services the airline offer are amazing.

See you on my travels soon!

Hi Everyone,

I travelled to New York from London Heathrow Terminal 5 with British Airways in October 2016.
The cabin crew on flight BA113 were amazing.
The Captain came down from the cockpit mid flight to take me on a tour of the B777 and a cabin tour. I even got to sit in a First Class seat!
Also I helped the crew deliver the seccond service in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus handing out cold breakfast items.

Once we arrived in the big Apple we drove to our hotel and had a sneak in the bar.
I saw a lot of the sights such as Time Square, The Statue of Liberty and more also I did a lot of shopping.

On the way home we flew on the B747.

Travel soon!

Thomson Airways

Thank You to all the cabin crew on the flight home from Faro and from Luton for Letting me help out!

Mock Aircraft Galley

Here is my instructions on how to make your very own mock aircraft galley!

You will need

*A large box that opens
*Storage on wheels
*A large tray/ card board box
*Old food and drink packaging
*Old shampoo and old perfume bottles
*Toy coffee machine/ Kettle

1) Clear out the draws of a storage space
2) Take you food and drink packaging and place theses in the draws
3) Now take your large box that has a flap that can be used as a door and place this on top of your storage facility. Now add food boxes to make the box feel like and aircraft steam oven.
4)Then place your large tray or cardboard box and place this on top of the "oven". After fill this with spare drink bottles tea, hot chocolate or cups and sources.
5)Next take a storage solution on wheels and place your "Duty Free" in there.
For your duty free you can use old perfume bottles, shampoo bottles, bags and many more!
6) Add a toy coffee machine or kettle to finish the look.
You are now ready to serve passengers!


Airline Reviews

British Airways- BA56- JNB to LHR

Here is the review of my British Airways flight from Johannesburg to London Heathrow!

Boarding the aircraft was very smooth as they called us up in rows.
When we boarded the aircraft the cabin crew on board were polite and helpful during boarding we were delayed on the way to JNB from Heathrow as the gangway got stuck to the aircraft!

The crew on board the flight made us feel welcome and comfortable throughout the flight.

However when the inflight dinner service came round they told me that my child's meal had not been catered for. The crew then searched all the aircraft cabins until they found me a child's me.

One of the crew that shined for me was Lauren.
She took me on a personal tour of the aircraft when on her break and made all of the young travellers feel happy.

When we landed Lauren was more than happy to have a photo with me a special memory that will remain.

My Ratings

A380-800 aircraft - 5 stars- A beautiful aircraft for the crew and passengers

The service- 5 stars- The crew delivered a high standard of service to all travel classes on board

Food and Beverages- The beverage selection was vast however the food options for the special meal I ordered was the same.

Thomas Cook Airlines- STN to PMI to STN

Here is my review of Thomas Cook Airlines.

When we checked in the waiting time for many people was 30-50 minutes.
Fortunately for me I was allowed to use the priority check in as I was attending my FAM flight.

Once we had checked in we passed through security this was at the most approximately 5 minutes.

After security I had enough time to look round the shops without rushing to the gate.

Once arriving at the gate we were taken to the aircraft by a ground staff member as the Cabin Manager Hollie Amor was waiting for me to outline the flight and the days layout.

The crew helped passengers to there seats and also assisted people who needed to swap seats.

 up the trolleys for the on board service.

After that I helped at the front of the aircraft and talked to the Cabin Manager about her recruitment experience with the airline.

I then made the on board PA for Bingo Cards all the money went to the airlines charity!

Then it was time to land at PMI we then said goodbye to all the customers and the proceeded to turn the aircraft round.

We were flying on a Airbus A321 it was huge and I got to change the toilet paper and towels in the lavatories.

Then we did the same routine when we flew back to Stansted.

A great day all round.

Definitely my chosen career path.


Here is cabin crew crazy's exclusive interview with Hayley from life as a butterfly.

1) Why did you want to work for BA?

I first started working for BA when I was in my second year of my university degree and to be honest I had never really given it much thought before. I wanted a job in the travel and tourism industry that would allow me to travel. I first applied for Virgin and Monarch and got two big fat rejections and then I applied for BA City Flyer and was over the moon when I got the job! I flew for City Flyer for a year out of LCY and then I left to focus on my final dissertation at university. I then worked as a holiday rep for a summer, taught travel and tourism and cabin crew at a college for a few years and then went to Thailand to be an English teacher before traveling across Asia and Australia. I remember sitting eating my breakfast in the most beautiful location, where I watched the waves on one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever been to on the island of Gilli Air (near Bali). I was due to fly home the following week and all I could think about was how can I continue to travel whilst having a stable life back in the UK... so shortly after arriving home I applied for BA Mixed Fleet and before I knew it I was back in the skies! BA is the flagship airline of our country, they treat their staff well and I was always so proud to wear their uniform! 

2) What was training like?

Training was tough, even the second time around! I have a degree, a masters, a PGCE, a TEFL and I am almost finished with my PhD... and of all of my studies I genuinely think that Cabin Crew training was one of the hardest! I found Mixed Fleet training more difficult than BA City Flyer because the aircraft we were trained on were much bigger and we were trained on three aircraft instead of just one! I had to learn where everything was and how to operate doors etc on the 747, 777, 777extended range, and airbus A319, A320, A321. That was tough- lots of revision and homework!

3)Where was you first flight to?

My first flight (which is called a supernumerary flight) was to Zurich with City Flyer and Nairobi with Mixed Fleet. My trip to Nairobi was particularly memorable as we went to the elephant orphanage where we got to see baby elephants and feed giraffes! It was a brilliant trip! 

4)What is a normal day as crew?

Honestly, there is no such thing as normal! Every day is completely different and I think that's what most people love about the job. You will always do certain things like the pre-flight briefing, pre-flight security checks, meal service etc, but every day brings its own challenges. One day you might have lots of children to entertain, the next day you might have the queen onboard. I remember having a really bad flight to Accra when I was shouted at because we ran out of meals and a really great flight to LA when I got to meet the Beckham's! 

5)What is a normal meal service like?​

Short haul and long haul are very different. It also depends on what class you are working in. In economy it would be a race to get the service complete in a certain amount of time- meal + drink. In Club or First it would be a leisurely service with wine recommendations and freshly baked bread etc. I enjoyed working in Club the most- I got to put my wine training to good use! :) 

6) Which aircraft are you certified to fly?

As I said before- Boeing 747 and 777 and Airbus A319, A320 and A321. Since I stopped flying BA Mixed Fleet also operate the A380 but you have to drop another aircraft type as the maximum you can operate is three. At BA City Flyer we flew on the RJ100. 

7)What is the best part of the job?

If you go for an interview you should say that you want to do it for your love of customer service... but for me it really was the opportunity to travel. I would never have considered working for an airline that didn't have stop overs. Although I will admit that staying in all those beautiful hotels has made me rather fussy when it comes to my own holiday accommodation!!

8)Why did you start life as a butterfly?

I started my blog ( when I left the UK to teach in Thailand as a means to let my family and friends back home know what I was doing. It was more of a diary all the time I was away, but when I got home it became more of a hobby. To begin it wasn't even called lifeasabutterfly, it was! But when I got home I started following lots of other travel blogs and I loved reading all about their adventures etc. and I decided that as I was no longer a teacher I should choose a name that reflected me a bit more- I loved butterflies and I loved the way that they can fly where ever they choose without a care in the world- so that's where the idea came from! My most popular posts are my cabin crew posts- it seems there are a lot of people who want to become cabin crew! I admit that I have neglected the blog a bit lately, I am in the final year of my PhD (can't wait to be a doctor!) and I recently got married... so these things have taken over a bit. But rest assured, as soon as I have completed the PhD I will be blogging every week again! Watch this space... :) 

9)What motivated you to write a book?

I was surprised how many people were interested in my cabin crew posts on the blog and also my youtube video that has had almost 50,000 views!! I also was getting people e-mailing me questions most days. I enjoy writing and thought why not write a book! It sells pretty well and I had excellent reviews until I wrote a controversial blog post one day about how I thought BA Worldwide fleet get paid too much. This was obviously shared amongst the crew and they lashed out and wrote loads of fake negative reviews! I was really upset as all my hard work had been ruined- would you buy a book with tonnes of negative reviews? No, I didn't think so. I tried to appeal to Amazon to say that they were fake but they would't listen. That's when I released the second edition entitled 'Life as a Hostie: Everything You Need To Become Cabin Crew'

10)Where is your favourite place to fly as crew?

I wasn't really your average crew member. As I had spent so much time backpacking and studying travel I was interested in experiencing new cultures and seeing things that were very different from at home. Many crew loved to go to New York or Boston where they could go shopping and drink at the bar. Don't get me wrong, I liked that too, but what I really loved was travelling to developing countries. Give me Bangkok or Mumbai any day! 


If you have a old or current cabin crew uniform and would like to donate it leave your email in the contact me box and I will email you a reply.

Thank you to Flybe for donating a model Embraer 195!
Thank you to eBay members who I have bought crew uniforms off!
Thank you to Monarch for donating a cabin crew hat, luggage tags, pens and uniform information!
Thank you to for donating cabin crew uniform and experience day!
Thank you to Virgin Atlantic for donating old cabin crew and pilot wings, the Vivienne Westwood apron, lanyard, crew luggage tag, scarf and pouch!
Thank you to British Airways for donating postcards, leaflets, magazines and pens!
Thank you to Lauren at BA for giving me a tour of the A380!
Thank you to Thomas Cook Airlines for donating uniform bits and pieces plus an experience day!
Thank you to the cabin crew on a British Airways operated by Comair for giving me some goodies!
Thank you to Hayley from Life as a Butterfly for donating a British Airways Button!

Thomas Cook

About the Day
3am get up and get dressed
3:30AM set off to STN airport
4:30AM arrive and check in for the FAM flight
5AM Security
5:40 arrive at aircraft A321 meet the team
captain- Hamish
1st officer- Ollie
Cabin manager-Holly
Crew- Agata-Michelle aka Patsy-Christine aka Crusty and Crums -Angela-Charlotte and Sian (FAM flight)
6am Take off
6:15am start to help cabin crew on board
6:45am PA for bingo cards all money went to the Thomas Cook Airlines Children Charity
9am Land at PMI  turn aircraft round
10am welcome passengers on board
10:45 Pa for bingo cards all money went to the Thomas Cook Airlines Children Charity
12am land

Below are the goodies I was sent before and after the trip!

British Airways and British Airways opertated by Comair