AFA Council 21 News

INSIDE THIS ISSUE - December 8, 2016

• January Bidding Information

Ladies and Gentlemen of Council 21,

Below, you will find the January bidding information. We will continue to see changes in the type of flying assigned to our base.

These changes, perhaps not fully understood, are creating some concerns for the Members of our Council 21. These concerns, while understandable, seem to be sparking unfounded rumors and speculation. 

Over the years, none more than the Members of Council 21 understand how the flying changes and what the impact changes in the assignment of flying has on our schedules and, in the past, our income. As the management of our airline continues to move our operation to one that is more seasonal in nature, we will see different aircraft deployment in ways that we have not seen in the past. The company continues to put aircraft into markets that match passenger demand. We see the impact of the cessation of service marked different from the start-up of service for the new season.  One we want to avoid while the other, we welcome.  

Contrary to what some recent rumors suggest, there is no language in the CBA that provides the AFA with the ability to determine the flying in any one location, or the assignment of any specific aircraft to any route.

That being said, we must be clear that our Contract does require management to ensure a certain level of flying is available at our Local Council location(s) in a couple of different ways. First, Section 9.A.2. ensures that the average of the lines of flying at each location cannot be less that sixty-nine (69) hours.  Section 10.A. requires the company to assign flying to meet the lineholder obligation created under our Reserve system. Lines must be available each month for not only the top 25% of the domicile, but for each designated lineholder (A or B) in their respective lineholder month.  

In January,  you will see overall lower line averages. While you will a decrease in international line  positions, there will be an increase in Domestic Line Positions, as well as wide body flying and Purser opportunities. As you review the bidding information below, we remind you that this information is subject to change. We provide this preview as a courtesy to the C-21 Membership.

Always review the January Cover Letter and Bid Package for final information. Please remember to bid accordingly.

In Solidarity & With Respect,

Todd Failla

Local Executive Council President

AFA-CWA, DCA Council 21



January 2017 Bidding Information:  January  is a 31 day month, starting on Friday, December 30, 2016 and ending on Sunday, January  29, 2017


Contractual Holiday(s): New Years Day - Sunday,  January 01,  2017


RSV Letter: "B"

Int'l Line Average: 76:42

Domestic Line Average: 74:01

As a reminder, the company is to place the following information into all bid cover letters to help clarify deadhead symbols:DHD= Deadhead on s-UA metal,UA=Deadhead on s-CO metal andUX= Deadhead on United Express.


International Lines for January 2017:

273 lines equal 337 F/A's (includes All)

December 2016 = (482 F/A's)

November 2016 = (479 F/A's)

October 2016 = (599 F/A's)

September 2016 ( 623 F/A's)

August 2016 (702 F/A's)

Domestic Lines for January 2017:

We continue to see Wide Body Domestic Flying in January.  DCA Purser line range is 1-32. Non Purser is 1000-1746. We will continue to see 767 & 777 flying in some ID's.


Domestic 3 position lines for January 2017:

145 Lines = 435 Positions

(December 2016) =108 Lines = 324 F/A's

(November, 2016) = 136 lines = 408 F/A's

(October 2016 =  105 lines or 315 Flight Attendants)

(September 2016 = 97 lines or 291 Flight Attendants)

(August 2016 = 73 lines or 219 Flight Attendants)



Domestic 1 position lines for January 2017:

56 Lines = 56 Positions

(December 2016) = 79 Lines = 79 F/A'S

(November 2016) = 71 Lines = 71 F/A's

(October 2016) =  65 Lines = 65 F/A's


Total Domestic Lines for January 2017:

201 Lines = 491 Positions (Includes All)



Special Leaves of Absence & 30-day ANP:

The Company awarded 30 Day ANP to a total of (16) people for the month of December.


Charter Flying:

At this point, there is no known MAC or other Charter flying for the January schedule.


Reserve Information:

The company has decided to increase and/or decrease the total number of Reserve Lines at certain locations. DCA will see 30 Reserve lines. Please keep in mind that this will not change the total number of reserves in a specific location, but rather the total number of Reserves assigned to any given Reserve line. For example, if a location had 38 lines but has seen the population decrease due to attrition, retirements, transfers out, etc., instead of having 10 reserves awarded on line 1401, the population may now support four. By reducing the total number of lines available to bid, the company now can again award 10 positions per line. This may be advantageous if the line is a desirable line - such as a vacation line or weekend off line. 

DCA will have One (1) Reserve Line with 13 days off and One (1) with 14 days off. 

Please reference the following information that can be found in the January 2017 Cover Letter in the Reserve Information section

As provided in Section 10.D.1.a.(2), some Reserve lines may contain more than 12 days off this month.  There is a corresponding reduction in the Reserve minimum guarantee for each of these lines.  The designated 'restore day(s)' are indicated in each of the Reserve lines having more than 12 days off with a 'Z'.  A 'Z' day is a Reserve day off unless you elect to restore the day(s) off under the following circumstance: you must not have bid the awarded line having more than 12 days off. To restore all or any number of the reserve 'Z' days, contact your Schedule Planner no later than three (3) days prior to the start of the schedule month.  In this circumstance, restoration of days off is provided for in Section 10.D.1.a.(4) of the Contract.


It is important to remember that if you bid for and are awarded the Reserve Line with additional days off, you can not elect to have the days off and guarantee time restored. 


Only those Flight Attendants who DID NOT bid for but were awarded the Reserve Line with additional days off can elect to have the days off and guarantee time restored.  If you wish to restore any or all reserve 'Z' days, contact the Schedule Planner no later than three days prior to the start of the January schedule month.  The January 2017 schedule month starts December 30th, 2016.




We encourage you to review any transfers requests you may have on file and delete those for which you no longer have an interest. Transfers awarded and not subsequently accepted will restrict additional transfer opportunities for individual Flight Attendants for a period of (3) months as provided in Section 22.A.2. 


Seasonal service to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Alaska markets changes monthly. 

Due to the Holidays, there are numerous cancellations during the Chinese New Year in the Pacific. While this is typical this time of year, holiday reductions may start as early as January 26, 2017 and can run through the end of the schedule month.


Aircraft Equipment Changes:



Mixed Flying/ Base IDAssignment Changes:

  • #950/951   IAD/BRU: DCA will fly all positions through 01/03/17. DCA will fly all base. ORD will fly 1 ‘F’ LQ and will fly 1 ‘N’ LQ position.
  • #988/989   IAD/FRA:  DCA will fly all positions.
  • #932/933   FRA/IAD:  FRA will fly (6) base positions and 2 ‘G’ LQ positions.  DCA will fly (3) non-base positions.
  • #106/107  IAD/MUC: DCA will fly all positions through 01/03/17. DCA will fly all positions.

January 2017 International Flying Summary:

 NRT, PEK,  FRA, MEX, SJU, CUN, SJD, AUA, PLS, MBJ (see Key Pages for frequency) MUC/ BRU until 12/3/17


January 2017 Flying By Language Position:

GER- MUC, FRA (See Key Pages)






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