A pilots working schedule

It’s a shitty schedule but someone’s gotta do it, Santas Reindeers won’t know their own way.

About a pilot’s work schedule and to work every holiday if you’re unlucky. It may vary from company to company and on what kind of operation you fly, from long haul, cargo, corporate to what I fly, a Boeing 737 with a typical 200-700 nautical miles sectors, four legs a day, around Europe.  

Some companies have a so-called ‘bidding systems´ where the pilots with a higher seniority will get priority over one with a lower, getting them golden holidays off. I personally prefer this system as someone is rewarded for their loyalty when staying with a company – and in my opinion, that is how it should be. Other companies can have a ‘you were off last Christmas so you get to work this Christmas’ kind of deal.

The company I work for has a five-days of work followed by four-days off schedule, and we don´t bid for our off days, it follows this pattern no matter holiday season and if you’re unlucky you could work every Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other holidays year after year. 

This year I work both Christmas and New Year’s Eve, just like I did last year, and the year before that. But I’m not bitter about it, I’d rather see that they with a family and children get  C h r i s t m a s  off. Instead, we are a group of colleagues in Sicily who also couldn’t get home for Christmas, so we decided to get together for a Christmas dinner so nobody has to be alone.

I am off from the 26th to the 29th of December instead, so I get to go home to Sweden and have a Christmas dinner with my parents, sister, and her beautiful family on the 27th ❤️  It will be as we always call it a: `Maria´s Special Christmas` and it will be just as magical. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas together with family and friends where in the world you are. 

God Jul as we say in Swedish, Merry Christmas

Lots of Love 💕 


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