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MEC Central Schedule Committee DSL Report

Date: October 2, 2018

DSL Review Information

The System Scheduling (DSL) meetings to review the November 2018 flying assigned at each location were held Sunday through Tuesday, September 30th – October 2, 2018.

CSC received the International and Domestic DSL on Sunday September 30, 2018 for review. The International meeting was held the following afternoon. In attendance for the company were Tim Wilson via teleconference, Jason Silber, Kevin Potter, Scott Anderson, Warren Rys, Shannon Pisciotto, Lucille Bangura-Doxey.   Attending both meetings for the Central Schedule Committee (CSC) were Jo Fullerton, Greg Jacobs, Shaun-Christopher Washington and Celeste Bouchard. Council 21 (IAD) Local Schedule Committee Member,  Lois Breece, attended both meetings as a guest of the company. 

The Domestic meeting was held on October 2, 2018.  Attending for the company were Jason Silber, Kevin Potter, Jim Carlson, Giovanny Ibanez, Lucille Bangura-Doxey, Warren Rys, and Shannon PIsciotto. 

November is a 30-day month, starting Wednesday, October 31st and ending Thursday, November 29th, 2018.  

PAID HOLIDAY:   Thanksgiving Day –November 22 – U.S. domiciles.

*There are numerous cancellations over the Thanksgiving Holiday to/from several markets in Europe and the Pacific. 

HOLIDAY REDUCTIONS START AS EARLY AS NOVEMBER 18th AND CAN RUN THROUGH NOVEMBER 24th .

Time Change to Standard Time:  U.S.A., Bahamas (NAS), Canada and some of Mexico will make the change from Daylight Savings to Standard time on Sunday, November 4th.  That is, “falls back” one (1) hour on Sunday November 4that 02:00 AM.

Estimated International Line Average Targets by Domicile/Base *

 

FRA

HKG

LHR

NRT

IAD

DEN

EWR

HNL

IAH

LAX

ORD

SFO

GUM

83:58

85:01

83:57

82:03

77:58

87:19

79:00

79:51

77:02

77:58

78:00

79:00

87:05

*International Line Averages may vary once DSL and lines are finalized

 

 

The following are the November 2018 International changes/highlights 

 Market / Seasonal Routes:  NONE

 Widebody Equipment Changes: NONE

 Language Exception: The following destinations will be staffed with two (2) language qualified Flight Attendants.  The third position will be pre-staffed as a non-language qualified position.

EWR / AMS - 2 NLD

ORD / AMS –2 NLD

IAD / AMS- 2 NLD

ORD / MUC – 2 GER

IAH / AMS- 0 NLD

SFO / PPT -2 FRE

 

The following destinations will have language qualified Flight Attendants from more than one base:

HKG/EWR

HKG – 1 CTN, 1MAN

EWR – 1 CTN

 

International Meeting

We continued the discussion addressing housekeeping items related to the merged operation that will have the potential to impact the schedule development process. Recently, the planners at Crew Schedule Planning (CSP) have changed base assignments. CSC has requested that the company supply us with the finalized list. Once received, this information will be shared in a future CSC report. CSC also asked for page numbers to be included in the DSL along with them sending it in RTF format.

With the decommissioning of Unimatic, some resources previously used to convey information on the schedule development process are being relocated. For example, base bidding information which communicates bid awards statistics will be found on Flying Together (location unknown at this time) in the future. CSC understands the importance of this information to our Members and has advocated for it to be published as soon as possible. We have confirmed, at all domestic locations, information regarding the most senior RSV will be based on the most senior person forced into RSV.  International locations will continue to reflect a senior designated Reserve based on the Reserve Rotation Letter of Agreement in effect for those locations.

The company has notified CSC of their expectation, effective October 12, 2018, that all transfer activity will “freeze” likely until early 2019. The resumption of transfer activity is expected after completion of the annual vacation bidding process. Transfer activity is consistently evaluated based on shifts in flying at each location.

Recently, transfers were awarded to LAS.  However, because LAS is a modified co-terminal without dedicated administrative support staff at the location, additional transfer activity will be curtailed at this time. The IAH and LAX bases are both stated to be “overstaffed” at this time meaning that the population currently at both locations is larger than that required to support the flying that would most cost effectively be flown from these two bases. The company has advised us of their tentative plans is to award transfers into EWR, IAD and SFO in 2019. 

Additional International Pursers have been activated in EWR, IAH, FRA and SFO. 

To assist Local Schedule Committees in submitting recommendations for co-terminal locations, CSC has requested that the company create separate cases for each co-terminal. In addition, CSC has requested that the company provide us with a list of all locations and the projected number of RSV lines that will be required going forward.  Keep in mind, Reserve projections are tied to the number of lines assigned and the number of active Flight Attendants for the given schedule month at each location. We can reasonably expect to see these numbers shift from month to month given the continuing seasonal shifts in flying. 

 Previously it had been communicated to the Union that the number of positions awarded on each Reserve lines would be equal and related to the Reserve population at each location.   For example, if a location had 30 Reserves and six (6) Reserve lines, it was our understanding there would be a total of five (5) Flight Attendants assigned to each line.  Recently, that explanation was revised and it has been explained that the company will be taking a more “balanced” approach when awarding Reserve lines.  While the award of positions on Reserve lines is intended to be optimized to provide the Reserve coverage required by the company, the number of positions awarded on each line may not necessarily be “equal.”   At the same time, the company is looking to avoid a circumstance where, for example, only one position is awarded on the weekend off line.  The company will be taking a more “balanced” approach to ensure that the number of positions on each line more closely match each other without necessarily being exactly equal.

CSC pointed out to the company that there is a pre-scheduled eight (8) day pairing over the Thanksgiving holiday with a layover in Chengdu (CTU).  Because the company does not currently permit the construction of eight (8) day blocks of availability, we asked how the company will cover the eight day pairing. 

The company advised CSC, if necessary, they will deadhead Reserve(s), offline, to/from CTU to cover the pairing.

Vacation Relief Lines (VRL) can only be constructed from open time that becomes part of the open trip file as a result of the application of vacation to a line of flying.  Any other open time that falls into open time as a result of leaves of absence, retirements, separations and sick leave will be used for self-adjustments, building lines for Flight Attendants returning to work, reassignments, move-up lines and trip trading. 

The fleet identified 787U will be discontinued.  The aircraft will now be commonly identified as the 787Z

It is anticipated that the 787-10 will go into schedule passenger service effective with the January 2019 schedule month.  With delivery of the first 787-10, it is anticipated this aircraft will be assigned to fly in a closed loop between EWR – LAX.   Additional aircraft are expected to be delivered during the first quarter of 2019.  Beginning in March 2019, it is expected that the 787-10 fleet will service 10 international destinations – all of which will be determined and announced by the company at a future date.

CSC has requested that the EWR – TLV flying be paired as it has traditionally been flown.   That is, day flying with day flying and night flying with night flying.  We were successful for the month of November in persuading the company to maintain this historical pairing construction.  

Daily GUM – HNL service has been increased. This provided for more positions to both the GUM and HNL bases. 

There has been an increase of one day pairings and a decrease in the number of 2 & 3 pairings in CLE and BOS. Given our now common scheduling platform, the company now has access to all of the assigned flying into and out of these locations.  The company has previously communicated that “turn” or one duty period flying is the most cost effective because it eliminates hotel costs and reduces per diem, it is not unexpected that the company will use this scheduling mechanism to manage costs.  CSC has asked for these locations to be reevaluated and, where possible, scheduling of a variety of flying (2, 3, & 4 day pairings) be scheduled at these locations. 

AVL, TVC, and PVD will see either the return or the inauguration of mainline service at these stations.  At the time the DSL was reviewed, hotel information was not available for any of these locations.  We were advised there is a likelihood this information will be not available in the published bid packets as the hotel selection process is ongoing. 

During the meeting, we raised a number of concerns regarding certain elements of the monthly bid packets.  We stressed that the bid packet needs to be functional for Flight Attendants and that being able to read the information contained is essential for both the printed and electronic formats. 

Previously, the Union had reported to the company instances where the crew meal indicator was not properly included in the key pages for all scheduled pairings. At our most recent meeting, the company told us the issue had been addressed and the crew meal indicator will now be included in all pairings, where applicable. 

When submitting your recommendations in AFLYER, please remember to save what you submit as “LSC Final”. This will let CSC know that you have submitted your recommendations for review and finalization.

In addition, please remember when finalizing your solution, the lines at the bottom of the solution are to be locked. This will indicate which lines will be used, if necessary, to seed time for the self-adjustment process. For further clarification, list those specific line numbers in the comments section on the finalization screen in AFLYER.   

STAFFING:

As the company has previously published in the Established Staffing Guidelines (ESGs), premium cabins will be fully staffed during the bid process.    Any variable staffing will be determined based on the passenger load in the economy cabin. The variable position will be added when the passenger load in economy exceeds 80%.  On the 777W, there is an additional variable staffing level where a 13thFlight Attendant will be added when the passenger load in economy exceeds 90%.

Line Averages:

The November utilization planned by management is not as conservative as October’s. Utilization was reduced by as much as ten (10) hours. As a direct result of this decision, there will be a reduction in the number of Flight Attendants required to serve Reserve during the month of November as the company “spreads” the lineholder hours out across a larger number of Flight Attendants.   

CSC reviewed with management our expectation that the Reserve targets need to be realistic and attainable.  We pointed out that high target requirements at the beginning of the month will necessitate lower targets the remainder of the month and the company must consider this when determining their targets.

The company has continued to restrict single day off patterns to only those bases with only 2+ day availability. CSC has renewed our objection to this practice. While the company initially asked for no set days within the first four days of the month, that restriction is no longer in place on a going forward basis. Please be mindful of your set day placement and distribute these across the month accordingly. 

Domestic Meeting

Upon our review of the domestic pairings, CSC noticed many flight segments that were assigned to bases other than where those segments would naturally “fall” or be assigned.  As one example, CSC found missing frequencies on the Cleveland-San Francisco- Cleveland andCleveland-Los Angeles-Cleveland flights at domiciles other than Cleveland. As we looked further, our investigation revealed these flight segments were assigned out of San Francisco and Los Angeles as all-night flying with a sit in Cleveland upon arrival before being worked, in the same duty period, to Chicago for a day layover. 

Naturally these flight segments should “fall” into Cleveland and be covered by Cleveland Flight Attendants as an all-night turn. Based on the logic of the optimization program that builds the pairings, we would expect to see these flight segments covered as a single duty period.  Single duty period flying is, based on the logic of the optimizer, the most cost effective way to cover the flying.  Single duty period pairings reduce hotel & per diem costs. 

In response to our inquiry into the assignment of these pairings to bases other than Cleveland, the company reviewed the numbers and responded.  It was confirmed that the pairing logic is correct.  However, when the computer tried to build these assignments into single duty periods for Cleveland, given the combination of the other flying assigned at Cleveland and the current Flight Attendant population at Cleveland, the company’s assignment of flying would require more Flight Attendants in Cleveland. 

CSC also inquired into the amount of LAS flying being covered by Los Angeles and San Francisco. Upon reviewing their numbers, management was able to confirm that based on the total flying now available at LAS given our common scheduling platform, there is a need for more Flight Attendants at LAS.  This can also be seen in the lines of flying were there was a dramatic shift in the percentage of one day pairings assigned to Las Vegas. 

Kevin Potter confirmed that while the assignment of flights into and out of Las Vegas should become more balanced and be covered by Las Vegas, they are limited in their ability to make changes until transfers are processed. Further complicating matters is that in Las Vegas, a modified co-terminal without administrative staffing at the location, the company has placed a restriction on the number of Flight Attendants it can transfer at one time due to these administrative constraints. When CSC inquired about transfers into these locations where it appears they are short Flight Attendants based on the distribution of flying, Scott said it is likely that Las Vegas will be evaluated again and based on our discussion that they would look into Cleveland. He did remind us that transfer activity will wind down after this week to ensure the vacation award process occurs smoothly. 

Previously the Company had set a minimum turn-time of 1:15 between flights. The October buffers will continue for the month of November up until the 15th of the month. For the holiday period 16th through the 25th the buffer will increase to 1:30. The buffers will then return to 1:15 on the 26th of November.

CSC renewed our objection and concerns regarding the following:

1.    The number of three (3) day pairings with segments after an all-night flight.

2.    Pairings with embedded continuous overnight duty or “standup all-night” duty periods in the middle of the pairing.

3.    Other evening/night/day pairings

4.    The assignment of flying that naturally falls in one domicile that is being flown by another.

We discussed these pairings in great length with the company.  While the company asserted the legality of these pairings, it was clear that our message was being received.  We reminded the company that just because something was legal, we have a long history of addressing those pairings having an adverse impact on quality of life for Flight Attendants.  We asserted these issues must be addressed when these sequences of flying are created. Jason mentioned that eliminating the standup all-night flying from pairings would result in new programing for the optimizer.  We look forward to that programming being completed.

New Hires: Tim Wilson informed CSC that there will be 6 new hire classes for 2018. The first class started October 1, 2018 and will be available to fly as of November 23rd. The other 5 classes will be reporting in December with the first of the December classes starting on November 30th. The company informed CSC that they are anticipating these classes to report to Boston and Chicago.   

p.s.™ Flying:

For a number of years and because of the unique nature of the flying, the company has traditionally limited the assignment of the premium service (p.s.™) flying to certain domiciles.   Most recently the p.s. flying was flown by SFO, EWR, LAX & BOS.  Recently, the company removed any assignment restrictions. p.s. flying can be found in most domestic bases for November

 Discussion Regarding Changes to the DSL:

Following an extensive review of the DSL before publication, CSC advocated for changes with the intent of improving the overall quality of the ID by reducing sit time

 Domestic Line Averages by Domicile: November 2018 (Estimated)

BOS

IAD

DEN

IAH

EWR

LAS

LAX

ORD

SFO

CLE

HNL

78:05

77:58

77:57

76:58

77:59

77:51

77:59

78:00

77:59

78:15

77:31

 

Job Share Awards: November 2018 

BOS

DCA

DEN

EWR

FRA

HKG

HNL

IAH

LAS

LAX

LHR

NRT

ORD

SFO

CLE

GUM

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Cola Awards: November 2018

BOS

IAD

DEN

EWR

FRA

HKG

HNL

IAH

LAS

LAX

LHR

NRT

ORD

SFO

CLE

GUM

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Transfers: 

 CSC inquired about upcoming transfer activity – Tim told us the Company expects to process transfers with a December report date for one more week. The company does not anticipate processing transfers after October 12, 2018. Tim talked about transfers to LAS and SFO. The company continues to evaluate staffing needs on an ongoing basis and anticipates possible transfers for EWR, SFO and IAD with report dates in 2019.  

 

BOS

SFO

LAS

ORD

9/05/18 Eff. 10/31

24 (all)

0

0

132 (all)

9/13/18 Eff. 10/31

0

0

0

31 (all)

9/27/18 Eff. 11/30

19 (all)

12

45

38 (all)

 

Reserve Information:

 Reserve lines with extra days off: None

Jim Veart has indicated that there will be no Reserves schedules that will have extra days off beyond the contractual requirement for November 2018.

 

BOS

DCA

DEN

FRA

HKG

HNL

IAH

EWR

LAS

LAX

LHR

NRT

ORD

SFO

CLE

GUM

13

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

14

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

15

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

16

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

 

Review of Recommendations

It is essential you review and confirm the company’s final monthly bid package matches the recommendations you submitted. If there is any deviation from what you submitted, contact your Schedule Planner immediately and advise CSC.  If you are unable to reach your Schedule Planner, contact a Member of Central Schedule Committee immediately and we will work to support you in resolving the issue.

Contract Compliance Information

Local Schedule Committees should continue to construct lines of flying using patterns appropriate to the line average for the crew complement and the company’s established targets.  The 95-hour flight time maximum limitations shall not apply to line construction. Priority will be given to scheduling pure lines of flying. Please continue to submit patterned lines even if the value of the line exceeds 95 hours. Contact Central Schedule Committee should you have lines rejected by the company or if you have questions or concerns. 

CSC makes every effort to review all pairings, including weekend and exception pairings, during the domestic DSL review process. We recognize the volume of trips we are all working with has grown exponentially and it is easy to miss errors. We bring this to your attention to heighten your awareness this might occur and ask your cooperation by completing a review of your DSL. 

It is incumbent on Local Schedule Committee Chairpersons to ensure recommendations for the construction of relief and Reserve move-up lines of flying are submitted to the company as required by the Contract.  Please send these recommendations via e-mail to Susan.Cleverly@united.com, and copy in Todd.Grant@united.com. Additionally, please copy in csc@unitedafa.org.  If you have any questions, please contact a member of Central Schedule Committee.

 Please note, pursuant to Section 7.A.3, lines of flying must be constructed so the average of all lines at each base is not less than sixty-nine (69) hours.  We emphasize the Local Schedule Committees must review the line averages for the primary and relief lines as a whole.  If you find the line average of the primary and relief lines falls below sixty-nine (69) hours, please contact a member of Central Schedule Committee immediately.  

We remind all Local Schedule Committees, Section 7.A.4. requires that domestic and international lines of flying shall be constructed so the average at each domicile is no more than 88 hours credited flight time each month.  Should averages in the primary bid package approach this 88-hour maximum, we want to emphasize the Local Schedule Committees will be given three days to complete recommendations. SWLOF, or Build and Review, is the contractual period for any disputes to be addressed. During this time, Schedule Planners are to be contacting LSCs for assistance with fixes.   

Please do not allow any Company representative to require changes if you are uncomfortable making them.  Please get the name of the representative, the reason for the rejection and immediately contact a member of Central Schedule Committee.

The company’s scheduled guest(s)for the upcoming DSL meetings are:

October - SFO

November - FRA

December - ORD

 

International Flying Summary*

Summary of international block hours assigned to U.S. domiciles:

 

Month

Pre-scheduled

Actual

August 2018

77.2%

77.9%

          

Timeline for Building November 2018 Schedules

International DSL Review by CSC

Sunday, Sept 30 & Monday, October 1st

International DSL to LSC

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Intl Recommendations to CSP

Due 2359 Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

 

Reserve LOFs:

Reserve Targets to LSC

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Reserve Recommendations to CSP

Due 2359, Sunday October 7, 2018

 

Domestic LOFs:

Domestic DSL Review by CSC

Monday & Tuesday, October 1 – 2, 2018

Domestic DSL to LSC

Thursday, October 4, 2018

 

SWLOF 

Line Review

Wednesday – Friday, October 7 – 9, 2018

 

November 2018 International Flying Summary

EWR

BCN, LHR, GRU, FCO,DUB,MAD, BOM, CDG, AMS, DEL,TLV,PVG, PEK, NRT, HKG, GVA, FRA, MUC, ZRH, TXL, EZE, BRU, MAN,BOG, LIM, LIS, MXP,EDI

 

IAD

MUC, ZRH, NRT, PEK, GRU, CDG, LHR, AMS, BRU, GVA, DUB, FRA

ORD

PVG, GRU, PEK, NRT, FRA, AMS, LHR, MUC, CDG, BRU, HKG

IAH

SYD, MUC, GIG, AMS, FRA, LHR, GRU, NRT, EZE, SCL, LIM, BOG, UIO

DEN

NRT

LAX

PVG,SYD, LHR, MEL

SFO

SIN, PPT,KIX,FRA, PVG, SYD, TPE, HND, PEK, ICN, CTU, LHR, AKL, TLV, CDG

HNL

MAJ

HKG

EWR, SFO, ORD

NRT

LAX, SFO,HNL, DEN, IAH

GUM

TKK/PNI/KSA/MAJ, HNL, NRT, SPN, TKK/PNI/KWA/MAJ, TKK/PNI/KSA/KWA/MAJ, NGO, KIX, ROR, HKG, FUK, YAP, TKK/PNI, MNL/ROR, MNL

FRA

IAH, IAD

LHR

IAH, SFO, IAD, ORD, EWR

 

November 2018 Flying by Language Position              

EWR

SPN- SDQ, SJU, POP, MEX, SJO, PTY,GUA, STI, BQN, GDL, BCN, MAD, EZE, LIM, BOG, SAP, SAL, HAVMAN- PVG, PEKCTN- HKGJPN- NRTFRE- GVA, CDG, BRUNLD- BRU, AMSGER- ZRH, MUC, TXL, FRAITA- MXP, FCOHBR- TLVPOR- GRU, LIS

 

IAD

JPN – NRTMAN – PEKFRE – CDG, GVA, BRUNLD – BRU, AMSGER – MUC, ZRHPOR – GRU

 

ORD

SPN – SJU, MEX, MEX/IAHMAN – PVG, PEKJPN – NRTGER – FRA, MUCNLD – BRU, AMSFRE – CDG, BRUCTN – HKGPOR – GRU

 

IAH

 

SPN – SJU, MEX, SAP, TGU, SAL, GUA, GDL, MGA,PTY, SJO, MID, LIM, SCL, EZE, BOG, UIO, HAVJPN – NRTGER – MUCPOR – GRU, GIG

DEN

N/A

 

LAX

MAN – PVG

 

 

SFO

SPN – MEX, MEX/IAD/MEX, MEX/IAH/MEXSKO – ICNJPN – HND, KIXMAN – PEK, PVG, SIN, TPE, CTUGER – FRAFRE – CDG, PPTHBR - TLV

 

HNL

N/A

 

HKG

MAN – SFO, ORD, EWRCTN – ORD, SFO, EWR

 

 

NRT

JPN – HNL, SFO, LAX, DEN

 

 

GUM

JPN – NRT, KIX, NGO, FUKTAG- MNL/ROR, MNL, NRT

 

 

FRA

GER – IAD, IAH

 

 

LHR

N/A

 

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