Saturday, May 9, 2020
PHX Flight Attendants:
In difficult times, it is even easier to see that we are not just colleagues, we are a family. We continue to be there for each other, our other team members, and our customers as our airline adapts to the changes in travel demand. You continue to serve as a perfect example of professionalism and compassion. Your smiles shine through the face masks, and your professionalism helps our customers feel safe when they are in your care.
The Company has significantly reduced block hours company-wide and is operating 25% of what we flew in June 2019. Changes to demand will see domestic travel requiring the A320 family and Boeing 737 aircraft to operate the bulk of our trips at American Airlines.
As a result of this demand, we have returned to daily operations in PHX for June. This is very good news for the PHX base, as we gain more flexibility for our schedules. Phoenix still has more Flight Attendants than flying available, so the Company is offering more than 500 VLOAs for PHX in June, paid at a 70-hour rate. You may access the ballot via Jetnet > Flight Service > 70-hour VLOA Bidding. Bidding for the 70-hour VLOA will close on Monday, May 11th at 1200 (CDT).
Keep in mind this is not a Non-Schedule Line (NSL). Flight Attendants on this special VLOA will not be able to utilize TTS, UBL or ETB. For questions regarding these leaves and how they are awarded, please refer to this Contract & Scheduling Hotline.
The Company has listened to our feedback for June sequences. They have evened out the flying among all the bases. PHX does not have the majority like we did in May, which has provided us with a good distribution of sequences. For May, we had 58,954 total hours, and for June it is reduced to 30,152.
- You will notice that these trips are reminiscent of the types of sequences we used to fly.
- More than 95% of the sequences have RON time longer than the preceding duty day.
- There is a priority placed on pairing Flight Attendants with the Pilots this month, which improved the trips system-wide. Unfortunately, this meant a drastic reduction in ODANs. There was only a very small amount system-wide and there was no ODAN flying allocated to PHX.
With a few exceptions, most of the duty days are less than 10 hours. This is partially due to pairing with our Pilots again as well as slight reductions in sit times between legs.
Hotel/Transportation Incident Report
As a reminder, if you encounter problems on your layover with lodging or transportation, complete a hotel discrepancy form so we can ensure the issue gets resolved.
COVID-19 Exposure Report Form
APFA wants your help tracking COVID-19 exposure among our workgroup. If you tested positive, are symptomatic or awaiting test results, in self-quarantine, or had any other exposure issue please fill out this COVID-19 Exposure Report Form.
For more information about the virus as well as a list of resources be sure to regularly check the APFA Corona Virus Updates Page.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The challenges we face as Flight Attendants is unique, and even when everything is going right, it can be difficult to navigate a path through it all. Remember that EAP is there for you.
This CONFIDENTIAL support is there for you and can provide support for issues you face in both your work and personal life.
You can reach EAP at 817-540-0108 ext. 8701 or by completing the EAP Contact Form.
APFA has state specific information available to help those of you who need to file or for those of you who are considering future options. Click Here for specific information.
We are here for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
In Unity & Solidarity,
APFA PHX Base President
APFA PHX Base Vice President
APFA PHX Base Council Representative
APFA PHX Base Council Representative