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AFA DEBRIEF: January 21, 2022

Date: January 21, 2022

AFA DEBRIEF – January 21, 2022

  • Order the Four (4) Free Rapid Covid-19 Tests Announced by the White House
  • $1K Special Award Payment Checks for those Active on 12/31/2021
  • United’s 4th Quarter Financial Information
  • Hawaii Pre-clearance Options for Crewmembers
  • Hotel & Transportation Report
  • January 2022 Semi-Annual System Seniority List Published
  • AFA Welcomes Class 2109!

Order the Four (4) Free Rapid COVID-19 Tests Announced by the White House

Starting this week, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that Americans can now order free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests through a new government website created by his Administration and the United States Postal Service (USPS).

This website rollout is part of a larger effort by the Biden administration to increase access to testing, including more over-the-counter tests at pharmacies and in-person testing at local health centers.  President Biden also announced that his administration will make available 400 million N95 masks for free at pharmacies and community health centers across the country.

Residential households in the U.S. can order one (1) set of 4 (4) free at-home tests from USPS.com.

Here’s what you need to know about your order:

  • Limit of one (1) order per residential address
  • One order includes four (4) individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January
  • Order Now: https://www.COVIDtests.gov/

According to the website, orders will usually ship in seven (7) to twelve (12) days and the website recommends that people take an at-home test if they start to have symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, sore throat, or runny nose.  It also recommends testing at least five days after coming into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or before a gathering, especially with people who are at risk of severe disease or who aren’t vaccinated.

$1K Special Award Payment Checks for those Active on 12/31/2021

You may have noticed in this past Tuesday’s AFA Debrief; we listed the title for this news article but did not incorporate the article itself in the version that was sent to your email box.  We have added this article into today’s edition of AFA Debrief and we apologize for any confusion.

As reported in our November 16, 2021, edition of Debrief, Flight Attendants who were not active as of November 10, 2021, were not eligible to receive the Special Award Payment on November 19, 2021.  However, if they returned to active service and were active as of December 31, 2021, they did become eligible for the Special Award payment that will be made in January 2022.  

We are told work is underway to identify all individuals eligible to receive this payment which is expected to be made as soon as possible but no later than January 31, 2022.  In the event there are any individuals based in LHR, the Special Award payment will be included as part of the 2/1/2022 regular on-cycle paycheck.

United’s 4th Quarter Financial Information

This week the company reported its 4th Quarter Financial information.  The company stated the surge in COVID-19 infections has hurt bookings in recent weeks and will further delay its recovery from the pandemic.  Expectations are that first-quarter revenue will be 20% to 25% below the same period in 2019.

The company posted a net loss of $646 million, compared with a $641 million profit in the fourth quarter of 2019 but a smaller loss than the $1.9 billion it lost in the same quarter of 2020.

Revenue in the last three months of the year came in at $8.19 billion, off nearly 25% from 2019 but it was its strongest quarter of the pandemic due to an increase in holiday bookings. It was ahead of analysts’ estimates of $7.97 billion.

The company lowered its 2022 growth forecast, saying it would fly less this year than it did three years ago, scrapping its plan to increase capacity by 5% from pre-pandemic levels.

The company stated in its earnings release those bookings for spring travel and beyond "remain strong" despite concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic. The company still plans to ramp up capacity throughout 2022 by ungrounding 52 Boeing 777 aircraft as demand returns.

The company expects to fly fewer available seat miles (ASM) in 2022 compared to 2019. However, the company announced that bookings for spring and summer are strong.

The company stated as travel demand comes back, it is possible, towards the end of the year, the company could get close to or hit 2019 levels of capacity in a given month or quarter but fly fewer ASMs overall in 2022 when compared to 2019. Much of that planning will depend on the return of international long-haul service into Asia and the South Pacific and the overall demand environment. The company also stated that “leisure travel remains a strong booking stream, though the lucrative business travel sector remains down.”

Despite the recent uncertainty caused by the spike in COVID-19 case counts, the company only sees this volatility impacting the near term in January and into February. The company noted that spring travel and beyond remain strong.  With this statement, we are reading the airline remains confident in the long-term plans it outlined under its United Next plan

According to the company, it is good news in that United achieved every major financial guidance target it set in the fourth quarter, setting it up for what it believes will be positive trends in 2022 that will lay the groundwork for reaching its 2023 and beyond financial targets.

Hawaii Pre-clearance Options for Crewmembers

Travelers to Hawaii can avoid a mandatory quarantine by uploading documentation to the Hawaii Safe Travels website. Crewmembers are required to complete this new process and have this documentation reviewed upon arrival by state officials.

Review the most recent edition of Inflight Services In the Know for additional information.

Hotel & Transportation Report

The United MEC Hotel & Transportation Committee’s most recent report detailing their activities has been published in the Hotel & Transportations Resources Page on www.unitedafa.org. 

Next week, the Hotel & Transportation Committee will report to the Master Executive Council at the Winter 2022 Regular Meeting in Chicago.  During their annual in-person report, they will provide the Union’s leadership with an update of their activities since their last annual report.

January 2022 Semi-Annual System Seniority List Published

The January 2022 Semi-Annual System Seniority List is now published on the company’s website.  As provided in our Contract under Section 14.C., this list shall be made available at all stations where Flight Attendants are based for their review.  This list can also be found in Flying Together under Inflight>Crew Scheduling>Semi-Annual System Seniority List.

To ensure all Flight Attendants have the ability to dispute any error or omission affecting their seniority and to clearly understand the timeline for such a challenge, the company will post a notice to Flight Attendants advising them of the availability of the list.  This notice starts the official 30-day period during which you must submit any error or omission in the information contained on that list.

You will have a maximum of thirty (30) calendar days from January 26, 2022, to dispute any alleged omission or error that affects your seniority.  The only exceptions to the 30-day rule are the following:

  • Flight attendants on vacation at the time of the posting
  • Flight attendants on Leave of Absence at the time of the posting
  • Flight attendants on furlough at the time of posting
  • Flight attendants on sick leave at the time of posting

In those situations, the Flight Attendant must report discrepancies no more than 30 days after returning to flight duty.

The procedures outlined in Section 23, paragraph C is the exclusive method for handling of protests concerning seniority.  If you believe there is an error or omission that affects your seniority, please contact the Office of the United MEC Secretary-Treasurer immediately to enable research on the issue to begin immediately.  

Additional information is available in our Contract under Section 14 and on our website at www.unitedafa.org.

AFA Welcomes Class 2109!

Last week, AFA welcomed class 2109. 

Class 2109 will begin their careers at our Chicago, Denver, and Houston domiciles and will be available to start flying at the beginning of January.  We look forward to welcoming our flying partners to the line as they begin their new careers!

As a reminder, when a probationary Flight Attendant has questions about our Contract and work rules, please direct them to their Local Council for assistance.  We want to ensure they are receiving the most accurate and vetted information as we work in supporting them for our collective future success.


JAN 25 – Winter 2022 Regular MEC Meeting
JAN 26 – Winter 2022 Regular MEC Meeting
JAN 27 – Winter 2022 Regular MEC Meeting
JAN 29 – Winter Trimester CQ CBT Due
JAN 31 – Union Plus Scholarship Application Due


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