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Council 42 January 2020 Schedule Update (Dec 06, 2019)

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Council 42 January 2020 Schedule Update (Dec 06, 2019)


The January flight attendant schedule month is a 31-day month, beginning Monday December 30th and ending on Wednesday, January 29th. There is a paid holiday on New Year’s Day, Wednesday January 1st. The committee was given very low line averages for the month in both international and domestic. This resulted in an increase of line holders but few lines over 75:00 hours and minimal lines in the 80:00 hour plus range.


Line averages are between 72:24—77:04 hours among crew complements.

This month was a very challenging build with 73:00 hour line averages in the 03 and 01 crew complements and a very heavy distribution of pairings from the 30thof December to January 6th due increased flying over the holidays. Many of lines will fly multiple pairings in the first week of the month. A continued increase in turn/one-day trip flying and a decrease of multi-day trips.  A higher number of all-night/red-eye flying in the first week of the month. All-night/red-eye flying had to be mixed into multiple daytime flying lines in the first week of the month. The committee tried to keep this mixing as minimal as possible. 


Line averages are between 76:27–-86:09 hours among the crew complements.

Very low line averages in International. Base crew 5f’s at 79:43 resulted in some mixing of destinations in order to get to our quota (FA numbers). Crew complements of 3f’s and 01’s were at 76:00 hours.  This was problematic for the build in the 1’s requiring MANY lines to be mixed destinations with many lines flying one SYD trip and very few pure lines. Again, this was unavoidable in order to reach our quota from the company. The quotas/line averages of the Language crew comps ranged from 77:07 in SPN to 86:09 in NLD. These language quotas given to us by the company were the lowest possible line averages in order to build legal lines.  The good news is that this resulted in an increase in the number of International FA positions. The downside is low line averages for those who bid for more than lines at 80+ hours and mixed destination flying for those who have preferred routes to fly.


MUC: operates 4 days/week down from 5 days/week, no-op MO/TU/WE.


Line Holder numbers for January 2020:

                                                                 Change from December

International Positions            769                 + 72

Domestic Positions                 865                 -  12

Total Positions                        1634               + 60


International Position Breakdown:     Change from December

International Purser                   90                 + 09

Line holders                             493                + 48

Dutch language                         11                 no change

German language                      22                 no change

Japanese language.                    29                 + 03

Portuguese language                 46                 + 04

Spanish language INTL            78                 + 08

Total International Positions   769                 + 72


Domestic Position Breakdown:       Change from December

Line holders                             803               - 16

Spanish language DOM             62              + 04

Total Domestic Positions         865               - 12


Reserve lines for January:

January is a 31day month with 4 full weekends. There are 3 lines with all weekends off. Because of the 31day month patterns were hard to keep pure. We built as many pure patterns as we could. There are 2 lines with 2 weekends off and 26 lines with 1 weekend off. January has one paid holiday, New Year's Day, and there are 13 lines with New Year's Day off. One line has every Friday and Saturday off, and one line has every Sunday off. January is planned as a slow month so the company has agreed to lines with more than 12 days off. There are 3 lines with 13 days off, 2 lines with 14 days off, 1 line with 15 days off, and 1 line with 16 days off. For purser and language bases, we tried to have one line with all weekends off and one line with the holiday off. Due to the limited number of lines, not all bases have the holiday off. SPN, JPN, GER, POR all have 1 line with 13 days off. 


Your AFA local schedule committee appreciates feedback and is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding line construction. Feedback/inquiries can be sent to cwise@unitedafa.org. A complete system-wide scheduling report is available from the Central Schedule Committee (CSC) on the unitedafa.org website.  Below are your AFA Council 42 schedule committee members.   


Cory Wise (chairperson)     Kim Hudak

Dawn Moragne                   Bettina Jordan

Nathan Mills                       David Bannister (reserve)

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