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Updated April Bidding Timeline

Date: March 19, 2020

Network Planning has made the necessary modifications to the aircraft schedule in response to the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The following information reflects the company and AFA understanding of the schedule by which April schedules will be awarded:

Bidding & awards

  • Primary bid period opens:                                     March 23 @ 1700 Central
  • Primary bid period closes/award begins:              March 26 @ 1700 Central
  • Primary award line numbers visible:                     March 27 @ 1700 Local
  • Finalized primary award loaded:                           March 27 @ 2000 Local


Trading process

The trading process has been modified and compressed, with all trading activities scheduled as follows:

  • Mutual trading begins:                                          March 27 @ 2000 Local
  • EOM conflicts dropped:                                        March 28 @ 1000 Central
  • EOM mutual trades suspended:                           March 28 @ 1000 Central
  • Self-adjustments begin:                                        March 28 @ 1600 Central
  • Self-adjustments end:                                           March 29 @ 0400 Central
  • Real-time trading opens for all bases:                  March 30 @ 1200 Local


Vacation Relief Line (VRL) process

The VRL process will be compressed, and the typical 36-hour bidding window is not possible to include in the abbreviated bid timeline for April schedules. Immediately following the building of VRLs, the award process will begin. For this reason, Flight Attendants awarded a VRL in the primary bid will be awarded VRLs in the secondary/VRL award using bids submitted from their Relief PERMABID. 

Access the Permabid Guide

  • Submit your Relief PERMABID if 
    awarded VRL in primary bid before:                            March 28 @ 0800 Local
  • VRL awards will be posted by:                                    March 29 @ 1200 Central


April schedule 

The April schedule month and move-up window remains unchanged. 

  • April schedule month begins:                               March 31 @ 0001 Local
  • Move-up line building window starts:                    March 31 @ 0001 Local
  • Move-up line building window ends:                     April 4 @ 2359 Local

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