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Newark to Delhi – Extended Suspension of Service Advisory

Date: April 19, 2019

MEC Communications Committee

On April 17, 2019, management has advised, due to seasonal winds and the continued closure of Pakistani airspace, United will extend the suspension of service between EWR and DEL  through July 2 eastbound and July 3 westbound.

For the May 2019 bid month and as a result of the cancellations resulting from the suspension of service, Flight Attendants will potentially be subject to reassignment under the provisions of Section 7.Q.3., that is, Notice of One or More Calendar Days,. Flight Attendants will individually have the option for one of the following under the JCBA:

  • Make up the time lost on days not originally scheduled to fly in which case her/his line guarantee will be adjusted. She/he will then be relieved of all reassignment responsibilities, or
  • Make up the time as close as possible to the time lost on days originally scheduled to fly with no loss of pay. She/he will then be relieved of all reassignment responsibilities, or
  • Be subject to reassignment in accordance with the following:

a. After 1600 local time the day before check-in of the original trip, the Flight Attendant may contact Crew Scheduling who will advise the Flight Attendant whether she/he is likely to be given a trip assignment.

b. If she/he chooses to remain subject to reassignment, the Flight Attendant must then contact Scheduling between 1800 – 2200 local time the day before the original trip was scheduled to depart. Scheduling will either reassign the Flight Attendant or relieve him/her of all responsibility with no loss of pay.

Given the timing of these recent cancellations in proximity to the release of line awards for May, it is anticipated that the automation realities may delay the company’s ability to remove these pairings immediately from the lines of those Flight Attendants directly impacted by these cancellations.   We continue to explore options with management on ways to remove these pairings from lines of flying, methods of finding replacement flying for those affected and even increasing the availability of Day at a Time (DATV) vacation for those wishing to avoid reassignments.

As additional information becomes available, we will share that with you.

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