Inaugural Routes & Contract Provision for Special Purpose Flights
April 20, 2021
As global travel trends towards recovery, United continues to take advantage of opportunities to return to the international markets. In an announcement on Monday April 19th, the company shared that they would be introducing three new international routes to the flying schedule for the summer and early fall travel window. The announced routes include Chicago (ORD) – Reykjavik Iceland (KEF), Washington (IAD) – Athens, Greece (ATH) and Newark (EWR) – Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV).
Section 7.A.9.b. of our Contract provides for Special Purpose Flights; the Company may assign specific Flight Attendant(s) to a limited number of flights not to exceed ten (10) per year when it determines that the circumstances call for a particular crew, e.g., inaugural flights or those with high profile or significant publicity opportunity.
During the month of May, United will inaugurate service to two destinations: Accra, Ghanna (ACC), and Bangalore, India (BLR). Management advised the Union of its plan to make these inaugurals Special Purpose flights as provided for in Section 7.A.9.c.
For BLR, a positioning pairing will be constructed on May 26, 2021 for the operation of the first BLR-SFO flight operating on May 30th, 2021. For ACC, the crew operating the inaugural IAD-ACC, will also be the inaugural crew for the return segment from ACC-IAD. The aircraft will overnight in ACC and, for this reason, a positioning pairing for the return flight segment will not be required to cover the flight.