Back in the day, cabin crew for major international airlines used to do really long trips. It was not all that uncommon for people to be away for weeks at a time for work.

The advent of alliances and codeshares means that these long trips are virtually unheard of today. In fact, three to five days would now be considered a long trip. What does one of these long trips from the past look like?

A Really Long British Airways Trip

British Airways used to serve quite a number of stations in Australia and New Zealand. This resulted in some very long duty times, and you can see an example below. This is from a BA roster from the 1990s.

Starting in London, our intrepid crew member would see overnight stays in many cities along the way. Singapore (SIN), Brisbane (BNE), Auckland (AKL), and Perth (PER) are all visited on this 21 day trip.

These days things are quite different. When flying from London to Sydney, British Airways crew stop overnight in Singapore once each time on the way out and also have an overnight in Sydney.

The 1990s roster has far more days down route, with more time overnight each time. Of course, with so many different routes being served (Auckland to Perth, Brisbane to Auckland, Sydney to Brisbane – all long gone!) it’s perhaps not too surprising.

Overall Thoughts

I’m wondering what the longest trips are these days. Five days away is the most I personally know of, but it could be more at some airlines, I don’t really know.

My father knew a Qantas crew member back in the 1980s and 1990s who was one of his clients. He would often be away for three weeks at a time and actually had plenty of money, as he owned or part owned racehorses. The time away is reduced these days and as is the remuneration.

Were you cabin crew flying these long trips? Would you prefer these or shorter ones? Anyone know what the longest trips are these days? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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