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10.10.17 – (LAA) – JCBA Update – Implementation of Section 11 (Hours of Service) in November

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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Beginning November 1, the following portions of the JCBA Hours of Service (Section 11) will be implemented for LAA. These changes include the domestic on-duty limitations, changes to domestic layover rest, red-eye duty periods, On-Duty All-Nighter (ODAN) trips and Flagstops. 

The changes coming on November 1st have many detailed provisions from Section 11 Hours of Service. 

Domestic duty limitations during sequence construction (Section 11.E)

When Crew Allocations builds November trips, they’ll begin using parameters found in the table in Section 11.E of the JCBA (see chart below). After the bidsheets are built and published, any segments/routes added later will also follow Section 11.E. (Unpublished segments/routes are any segments that were not included in the initial bidsheets and were not available for bid during the monthly bidding process, including new segments/routes that commence within the bid month.)

  • Duty limitations will be based on the report (sign-in) time instead of the departure time.

Section 11.E

    • Deadhead legs will count toward the maximum time you can be scheduled on duty, however, they don’t count toward the flight segment limitations in the chart above.
    • All sequences containing Mexico flying will now be considered international for all purposes under the current LAA rules.
  • Single duty period sequences can be built with a block greater than 8:59 and a duty day limitation up to 14 hours (can go up to 15 hours in actual operations).
    • Sequences like this will be limited to no more than two live segments (deadhead legs are not considered live segments).


Domestic on-duty limitations in actual operations (Section 11.F)
Beginning November 1st, you will not be rescheduled or awarded/assigned reconstructed sequences beyond the on-duty maximums found in Section 11.F (see chart below). In actual operations, the operational on-duty max column cannot be exceeded when working a domestic trip. Additionally, you won’t be scheduled/rescheduled for more than 8:59 of block time.

  • Note: Everything will now be based on report (sign-in) vs. departure time. The report time column is based on your home base time.

Section 11.F

Use the reference below to determine which chart will be used to calculate your domestic duty limitations:

(Note to #4 on chart) The reference is to construct sequences that are awarded/assigned to Reserves/UBL for day before or the day of coverage.

Domestic layover rest (Section 11.J)

  • Scheduled rest increases to 9 hours 30 minutes, starting at the end of the release period and continues to the report (sign-in) time of the following duty period (pure rest).
  • Rest can be reduced to domestic layover rest of 8 hours 20 minutes (pure rest) in actual operations if necessary.

Just like today, if irregular operations cause your projected rest period to fall below the 8:20 minimum, contact Crew Tracking who will either delay the departure time for the first flight of your next duty period or reschedule you to a different flight to ensure required rest. 

If you don’t receive the required 8:20 minimum rest, all time (starting from report/sign in) will be considered a continuous duty period and you will be paid duty rig the entire duty period.

If this happens and you feel you cannot continue working the sequence, Crew Tracking will relieve you at the earliest possible time without causing a flight delay. If you have available sick hours, you’ll have the option of using sick time for the remainder of the trip. This would not count as an attendance occurrence.

Domestic scheduled layover and home base rest when working/deadhead legs touch 0300 HBT (Section 11.K.4)

    • You’ll be released for home base or layover rest immediately following the duty period that touches 0300 HBT.
  • You cannot be scheduled to work additional legs if a diversion occurs.

Domestic flight segment limits (Section 11.K.5/6)

    • Sequences won’t be built with more than four duty periods over four calendar days.
  • Four-day trips containing domestic flying will be capped at 30% of total domestic sequences at each base.

Red-Eye duty period (Section 11.K.1/2)
Any duty period scheduled to touch 0100 to 0101 HBT is a Red-Eye sequence. 

  • Note: The company and APFA agreed to modify the contract language earlier this year to define red-eyes based on duty period vs. segment and using home base time vs. local time.

Red-eyes are:

  • Built in Allocations
  • Limited to two scheduled flight segments*
  • Limited to a single, scheduled aircraft change*

* These provisions will be applied in actual operations as soon as practicable, scheduled for implementation no later than May 2018

On-Duty All-Nighter (ODAN) sequence (domestic only) (Section 11.L)

    • An ODAN trip sequence is a single, standalone duty period.
    • ODANs include all the on-duty hours between 0100 and 0500 HBT.
  • ODANs are subject to the following limitations:
      • Scheduled for a maximum of 14 hours of duty (can go up to 15 in actual operations).

      • Maximum of two segments.

      • Neither segment can be scheduled for more than 2:30 block time.

      • You’ll be scheduled for a break (not a layover) of at least 4:00 and no more than 9:29.

      • If you’re scheduled to work a leg with a block time between 2:01 and 2:30, your break will be at a hotel attached to the airport or on airport property, if one exists (Examples: Marriott PHL Airport or Hyatt DFW).

    • As exceptions to the above, in actual operations you can be:
      • Rescheduled to work or deadhead one additional leg prior to or following the break.

Flagstops and ODANS (Sections 11.P and 11.Q)
A flagstop is rare, but can happen when multiple ODAN flights are combined. Here’s an example:

RON = remain overnight

Sequence 12345 
Day 1: DFW – AUS (RON) – cancelled
Day 2: AUS – DFW – cancelled

Sequence 45678
Day 1: DFW – IAH 
Day 2: IAH – DFW 

Sequence 45678
Day 1 DFW – AUS – IAH 
Day 2 IAH – DFW 

    • The original crew from sequence 12345 will receive pay and credit for published value of their sequence since the crew from 45678 flew the AUS segment.
  • The crew from sequence 45678 will receive pay and credit for the published value of the sequence or actual time (whatever is greater) plus five (5) hours pay and credit.


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