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12.02.10

InfoRep Hotline December 2, 2010

This is Interim InfoRep Steering Committee member DanÈ Townsend-Pepper with the InfoRep Hotline for Thursday, December 2, 2010.

RECALLS

Recall notices were†sent on Tuesday to the last group of FAs to be recalled as a result of the recall announcement originally†made in October.† FAs being recalled in this group will be recalled effective April 1, 2011.† FAs must return their acceptance notice in the prepaid FedEx envelope to a FedEx location no later than Friday, December 10, 2010 so that the company receives the notice no later than Tuesday, December 14, 2010.† Information specific to each of the†three recall groups is posted on the Recall page of the APFA website.

In anticipation of the recalls returning to the line on January 31, 2011, the company will clear the transfer lists to LGA and MIA.† In addition the company will process additional transfers to DFW.† These transfers will be based on transfer requests on file as of 0830 Central Time on December 13, 2010.† The transfers will be effective on January 31, 2011.† Please ensure your 3* is up to date.† This will help your fellow Flight Attendant†receive transfers that many have waited years to receive.† You can be personally responsible for helping another FA get a much needed transfer by removing any transfer request you are not currently willing to accept.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Effective December 1, 2010 the Mexican government has instituted liquid, aerosol and gel (LAG) restrictions for all travelers. The restriction is similar to US restrictions. LAG containers may not exceed 3.4 oz or 100ml and must be carried in a transparent 1-liter zip top bag.

Currently the law applies to all travelers including crewmembers. The Mexican government is being lobbied for an exemption for crewmembers. Until that exemption is obtained please be sure to comply with the new restriction to avoid confiscation of liquids you may be carrying with you.

Do you see what I see? A curtain, a curtain pulled across the aisleÖ

American announced today that the mesh curtain project is complete on all fleets with the exception of one MD80 that will hit the line in December and the older 737 aircraft that will be completed as they go in for retrofitting.

INDUSTRY NEWS

Finnair flight attendants began a strike on November 30th as talks broke down between the union and company. Flight attendants are fighting the airlines push to shorten recovery time following long-haul flights. Currently Finnair is only able to operate 40% of itís scheduled flights as flight attendants stand firm against being turned into automatons who receive improper rest. No additional talks have been scheduled and Finnair clearly expects the strike to last for an extended period of time as they issued a profit warning in an effort to try and cow the union.

Southwest pilots have approved changes in their collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which allows the airline to fly larger 737 aircraft and includes potential pay increases based on the companyís financial performance. Flight attendants approved changes to their CBA last month paving the way for the larger planes.

British Airways cabin crew, represented by Unite, will hold a balloting to determine whether or not to hold further strikes. The strikes stem from BAís announcement that it was cutting crew pay and reducing staffing.

Tony Woodley, Joint General Secretary of Unite stated, ìBAís continued hounding of union members leaves us no other option but to conduct a new industrial action ballotî. The union expects an overwhelming ìyesî vote.

New competition moseyed into AAís backyard this week as Virgin America began twice daily flights from both Los Angeles and San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth airport.† The airline has stated that they expect to increase flights out of D/FW to other cities once the airline acquires more aircraft. American responded to the incursion by cutting fares to LAX and SFO and increasing flights. Weíll see how that stacks up to VAís new aircraft with white leather seats and mood lighting.

British Airways and Iberia, both members of the OneWorld Alliance, have combined to create the worldís third largest airline by revenue. The new company will have hubs in both London and Madrid; however, the two carriers will continue to fly under their existing brands.

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1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

APFA Events

Currently, no scheduled events...

APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

APFA Events

Currently, no scheduled events...

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