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Council 38 - Narita

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Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at NRT. Local CWA #29038

Miso Scoop - Haneda (Oct 16, 2019)

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  •  CWA Local #29038
  • AFA-CWA Council 38
    New Tokyo Intl Airport
    Terminal 1 - Central Building
    P.O. Box 168
    Narita-shi, Chiba-ken
    282-0011 Japan
    (map and directions)

Connect with Council 38

Tony Wetterer

Tony Wetterer


E-Mail: tony@afanrt.org

Sato Matsuhiro

Sato Matsuhiro

Vice President and LEC Secretary

E-Mail: sato@afanrt.org

Nobu Masui

Nobu Masui

Council Representative

E-Mail: nobu@afanrt.org

Miso Scoop - Haneda (Oct 16, 2019)

In this edition:

  • Haneda



Recently there has been much discussion, speculation, and rumors amongst the members of Council 38 concerning the Company’s new routes to Haneda. Specifically, how do the new routes to Haneda impact us here in Narita.  As of today, there is no change to the status quo in Narita.  Said another way, Narita is not closing, Haneda is not going to be a co-terminal, and the company is not going to open a Satellite base in Haneda.


It is important to remember that in the very unlikely event that Narita were to close, the JCBA contains the same job security protections that were in the pm-UAL contract, namely that you are guaranteed a flight attendant position, should a base close.  You can reference Section 17 of the JCBA.  There are also many instances of past practice, i.e. TPE, CDG, etc., which support this protection.


Regarding Co-Terminals and Satellite Bases:

  • Do the math...with the addition of Haneda flying, we only lose a few positions to ORD, and none to IAD.  This means that we still have the same relative number of positions, even with the addition of Haneda.  This continues to support the viability of Narita as a base.
  • The company has informed AFA as early as this week that they have no interest in opening a co-terminal nor a Satellite Base in Haneda.  Keep in mind that Contractually the company has the ability to open a Satellite Base at any location, while a co-terminal would need to be negotiated into our current Contract.  For reference, co-terminals such was IAD/DCA/BWI, can be found in Section 2.C of the JCBA.  Satellite Base language, i.e. SAN, MCO, PHX, can be found in LOA 24 of the JCBA.
  • The company will operate the Haneda flights with Flight Attendants based in the U.S.
  • The company has publicly stated that they plan to maintain a large presence here in Narita, as well as Haneda, as both airports offer large feeds to Star Alliance partner All Nippon Airways.  

I hope this answers any questions or concerns you may have had in regards to Narita’s status, and the new Haneda routes.  As always please feel free to contact me or any Officer with any questions and/or concerns you may have. 

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