Representing the Flight Attendants
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Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

11.10.17 – (LAA/LUS) – JCBA Update – Implementation of JCBA Section 16 (Deadheading) for LAA

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Arriving in December: Changes to Deadheading

Beginning with sequences originating December 2nd, the Company will implement additional components of Section 16 – Deadheading at LAA bases. Following the implementation timeline letter of agreement, there will be no changes for LUS bases until Flight Attendant Operational Integration (FOI).

Quick summary of what’s changing:

  • All scheduled deadheads, including those back to base, will be confirmed – eliminating the guessing game about whether you’ll get a seat. (Section 16.C.1)
  • If you have an unscheduled deadhead back to base, you’ll also be confirmed on a flight departing no later than one calendar day after the disruption to your sequence occurs…even if a flight is oversold.
  • All deadheads between your base city and training will be A1D – in both directions.
  • All deadheads between your commuter city and training will be A3D – in both directions.
  • In situations where you’re scheduled to deadhead and want to take an earlier flight, travel will be standby. And while you’ll have priority over non-revs and most revenue standby customers, if the flight is full it’s possible you may not be accommodated. (Section 16.I)
  • If you voluntarily change your deadhead, you’ll now be paid per diem (TAFB) as though you flew your original deadhead.
    • Currently, per diem stops if you’re released from deadheading after working your last live leg.
    • Additionally, your duty day and legalities will be based on your originally scheduled deadhead.
Note the changes below:
Complete details of what’s changing:

All scheduled deadheads will be confirmed – including travel back to base. No more traveling as a standby “RID” unless you voluntarily change your travel plans.

What’s a scheduled deadhead?

One that’s originally built into a trip sequence – meaning it was either published in the bidsheet or created by Crew Scheduling prior to sequence origination.

  • Travel will be A1D.
What’s an unscheduled deadhead?

If there’s disruption to your sequence, after you’ve reported for the first duty period of your sequence, and it becomes necessary for you to deadhead either back to base or to another city to continue the rest of your sequence.

  • If you’re rescheduled to deadhead back to base, Crew Tracking will book you on the next flight with seats available for sale.
  • No seats available on flights departing within your legal duty day? You’ll get a hotel room and Crew Tracking will confirm you on a flight departing within your next duty period – even if it means overselling a flight.

Details on unscheduled deadheads:
Beginning in December, deadheads back to base will be booked A1D – which is good news. Keep in mind, however, you’re not necessarily guaranteed a seat on the very first flight back to your base city. Crew Scheduling/Tracking will use a computer program to help determine which flights have sufficient seat availability. This may include connecting flights.

  • The number of available seats on a flight can change from minute to minute.
  • If you have an unscheduled deadhead, Crew Tracking will confirm you based on seat availability at the time they’re booking your deadhead.
  • Additionally, unless you’re being rescheduled, your confirmed deadhead will not be changed – even if seats become available on an earlier flight.
  • If seats become available on a flight that was previously full, you can standby for that flight following the instructions below.

Deadheading to/from training

  • If traveling between your base city and training, you’ll be booked A1D in both directions.
  • If traveling between your commuter city and training, you’ll be booked A3D in both directions.
    • Be sure to book early to secure your seat since A1D travel is being discontinued.

Standing by for an earlier flight – Lineholders

If you’d like to try for a flight departing earlier than your scheduled deadhead, travel will be on a space available/standby basis.

  1. Simply check-in with the gate agent working the earlier flight.
  2. Provide them the flight number on which you have a confirmed reservation.
  3. They will place you on the standby list at the “RID” priority – which puts you ahead of most revenue standby customers and all non-revs.
  4. If you get on the flight, be sure to call Crew Scheduling (if deadheading to your first live leg) or Crew Tracking (if deadheading back to base) and let them know.
  5. Pay, legalities, and per diem will be based on your originally scheduled flight.
  6. If you no longer need a hotel room that was reserved for you, please be sure to cancel it by contacting the Hotel/Limo Desk.

Standing by for an earlier flight – Reserves 

  1. Call Crew Tracking (if deadheading back to base) and ask to be released to standby on an earlier flight.
    o If they’re able, they will conditionallyrelease you. *
  2. You can then go to the gate and check-in for the earlier flight.
  3. Provide the agent with the flight number on which you have a confirmed reservation.
  4. They will place you on the standby list at the “RID” priority – which puts you ahead of most revenue standby customers and all non-revs.
  5. Call Crew Tracking to let them know you’ve been accommodated on the flight. If Crew Tracking hasn’t already attempted to contact you for an alternate assignment, they will release you to deadhead on the flight. *
  6. Pay, legalities, and per diem will be based on your originally scheduled flight.

APFA objects to and will be challenging the Company’s reference to a “conditional release” requiring the Flight Attendant to contact Crew Tracking a second time to verify release.

The Company has provided additional FAQs on the upcoming deadheading changes on Jetnet.

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