What is it like working for a domestic airline in Australia (e.g. Virgin, Regional Express, etc)?

Obviously we're all here because we're interested in flying, but as for the practical aspects of being employed in the airline industry I'm trying to get an idea of some of the following:

  • What does a typical working day look like and what are the hours?
  • What are airlines like as employers?
  • What is the best thing (or things) about your job?
  • What is the worst thing (or things) about your job?


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    $\begingroup$ This is a very open-ended question as airlines' jobs vary greatly from country to country, and what is true for one country would be very different in another. $\endgroup$
    – Farhan
    Nov 12, 2014 at 2:05
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    $\begingroup$ @Farhan I've narrowed the scope of the question to Australia. $\endgroup$ Nov 12, 2014 at 2:28
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    $\begingroup$ Somewhat similar to this question: aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/8456/… $\endgroup$
    – usernumber
    Nov 12, 2014 at 15:53
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    $\begingroup$ Australia? Wake up, try not to get eaten by a snake. Get dressed, try not to be bitten by a spider. Go out to the car, dodge a crocodile...... Etc $\endgroup$
    – Jon Story
    Nov 13, 2014 at 0:33
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    $\begingroup$ @JonStory You forgot to dodge the dropbear, feed the bunyip and ride the kangaroo to work. $\endgroup$ Nov 13, 2014 at 0:41


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