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Lineholder Open Time Trades

Date: January 16, 2019

MEC Grievance Committee

When a lineholder wishes to trade with Open Time, based on the terms of the JCBA, there are certain parameters that must be satisfied in order for the trade to be awarded successfully. If the parameters stipulated in the JCBA for trades are not met, the trade will be rejected. 

Section 7.I. Provisions

Requests to trade pairings must be made through the computer at least one (1) calendar day, Home domicile time before the scheduled departure time of the first trip, except that if the trip being dropped occurs after the trip being picked up, the request must be made at least 12:00 hours prior to check-in of the trip being picked up. 

A trade between two Flight Attendants must be made in the computer up to four hours (4:00) prior to check in of the earliest trip involved in the trade.  If the operation permits, as determined by Crew Scheduling, an open time trade may be considered inside twelve hours (12:00) prior to check-in of the trip being picked up.

Trades involving two trips which both have scheduled departures less than one (1) calendar day after the trade must be done on an exception basis by contacting Crew Scheduling and are subject to operational needs. 

Trip trade requests must be for trips originating in the same bid month. Month to month trades involving pairings which originate in different months are not allowed.  

A single duty period pairing which contains a flight segment that departs the base before midnight and a return segment that arrives back in the base after 0400 local time (“red eye turns”) will be considered as a one-day pairing when trading and this pairing will be considered to occur on the pairing origination date for trip trading purposes.

Trip Trades with open time will only be allowed when there is sufficient Reserve coverage.  

If your trade will result in you exceeding your monthly maximum on a credit time basis, you will be deemed to have automatically opted to a higher monthly maximum.

For example: if your trade increases your credit time from 94:00 to 97:00 hours, you will be considered to have opted to a 100:00 monthly maximum. 

Section 7.I.15 – “the three (3) hour rule”

Keep in mind that open time trades involving an unequal number of days cannot cause a decrease of more than three (3) hours scheduled flight time. 

Conversely, open time trades involving an equal number of days are not subject to the three hours (3:00) decrease parameter.

If you believe you have met the required parameters and your trade with Open Time has been rejected, we encourage you to keep a record of the reason for the rejection and the trip(s) in question. If you believe your trade was improperly denied, contact Crew Scheduling for clarification or possible correction.  If you are unable to resolve the issue, contact your Local Council for assistance or file a Local Council Worksheet if you believe the reason for rejection was invalid.

Picking up Open Time

Flight Attendants may straight pick up (i.e. no trading) open time via computer up to three (3:00) hours before check-in. 


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