11.09.20 – APFA DFW Base Brief – December 2020 Allocations

Monday, November 9, 2020

DFW December 2020 Manning/Allocations Information
Manning Information is Preliminary and Subject to Change

Manning Information

  • Active Headcount: 3,094
  • Available Headcount: 2,889
  • Bid Jobs/Line Holders: 2,287
  • Reserves: 602
  • No VLOA’s will be offered for December
  • Flight Attendants returning from PVLOA in December: 1
  • Expected Open Line Average: 84.9 hours Expected System Line Average: 84.6 hours

 

Schedule Highlights and Special Flying Events

  • Schedule Change Date — Thursday, December 17
  • Christmas Day — Friday, December 25
  • New Year’s Eve — Thursday, December 31

 

Allocations Information

While we are losing some IPD markets through February, our domestic routes have increased, and we went up in flight hours for December. For November, we were 160,136, and for December, we are currently at 171,800 hours.  That is an increase of 11,664 hours.

Our block hours are down 49.4% year over year at DFW and 55.4% systemwide. The airline is flying just a little more than half its schedule compared to December 2019. December’s operation will resemble November’s, with reduced flying before the schedule change on December 17 and an increase in flying after, meaning that the schedule will be bottom heavy. This is not acceptable nor a “Quality of Life” for the Flight Attendant.

The flying adjustments were also considered with bank cancellations throughout the month and Christmas and New Year’s operational changes. We requested flexible trips for December, emphasizing turns and two-day trips. However, much to our displeasure, they have decreased turns and have increased 4-days.

To keep the synthetic time down and maintain the planned line average, the allocations department decided to mix wide-body and narrow-body flying in the 4FA solution. Bid positions for these trips will be 1-4; however, a wide-body aircraft will be scheduled on one or more legs. Flight Attendants will also switch from positions 1-4 to 5-8 on some of these pairings and mixed crew bases may also occur. We voiced our opposition to these pairings and the new programming changes. We stressed that the current work environment on the aircraft is challenging, and significant programming changes, especially during a holiday month, are insensitive and disrespectful. We strongly expressed our displeasure of the mixture of wide-bodies with narrow-bodies and brought our concerns about these pairings when they encounter weather or mechanical delays.

We are incredibly frustrated and disgusted that these pairings are such that they are working those who are on property to the bone. Unfortunately, the sit times have not been reduced, along with the long duty days and flight times.  While their “numbers” look good on paper, we reminded them that those “numbers” are actual Flight Attendants.  Our concern is the rise of exposure, fatigue, inadvertent slide deployments/doors remaining armed, and misconnections that may arise, with an increase of sick calls and red flag opened daily.

Bottom line, when you bid, double check what you are waiving. While these sequences are built within the contract, we want to ensure that you know what you should expect and bid accordingly.

Route Changes

DFW-LIM

  • Effective 16DEC20 – 31DEC20
  • Retime due to runway closure
  • Was DFW 1635 / LIM 0040
  • Now DFW 1430 / LIM 2225

 

DFW-AMS

  • Route cancels
  • Effective 02DEC20-10FEB21

 

DFW-MAD

  • Route cancels
  • Effective 02DEC20-10FEB21

 

DFW-CDG

  • Route cancels
  • Effective 02DEC20-10FEB21

 

DFW-HKG

  • Route cancels
  • Effective 02DEC20-10FEB21

 

DFW-HNL

  • Reduces from 2x daily in December to 1x daily
  • Effective 05JAN21-10FEB21

 

Important Timelines

3FA and 4FA Percentage of Sequences

  • 1-Day: 40.0%
  • 2-Day: 31.6%
  • 3-Day: 21.5%
  • 4-Day: 6.9%

 

3FA and 4FA Overnight Rest Distribution

  • Overnight rest 10-10:30 hrs: 5.5%
  • Overnight Rest 10:30-11 hrs: 7.8%
  • Overnight Rest 11-12 hrs: 17.7%
  • Overnight Rest 12-14 hrs: 13.6%
  • Overnight Rest 14-16 hrs: 23.7%
  • Overnight Rest 16-24 hrs: 23.8%
  • Overnight Rest 24-34 hrs: 6.7%
  • Overnight Rest Greater than 34 hours: 1.2%

 

3FA & 4FA Productivity

  • Credit Hours per Calendar Day: 5:37 hrs
  • Schedule Block Hours per Calendar Day: 5:26 hrs
  • Credit Hours per Duty Period: 5:59 hrs

 

3FA & 4FA Sit-Time

  • 2 Hours: 14.3%
  • 2.5 Hours: 10.6%
  • 3 Hours: 5.0%

 

3FA & 4FA Leg Distribution

  • 1-Leg: 22.1%
  • 2-Leg: 48.3%
  • 3-Leg: 28.2%
  • 4-Leg: 1.3%
  • 5-Leg: 0.0%

 

3FA & 4FA Duty Distribution

Duty length is calculated including sign-in and release time.

  • 3 to 4 hours of duty: 2.5%
  • 4 to 5 hours of duty: 11.9%
  • 5 to 6 hours of duty: 5.9%
  • 6 to 7 hours of duty: 2.9%
  • 7 to 8 hours of duty: 8.0%
  • 8 to 9 hours of duty: 16.4%
  • 9 to 10 hours of duty: 9.5%
  • 10 to 11 hours of duty: 13.8%
  • 11 to 12 hours of duty: 12.1%
  • Greater than 12 hours: 16.9%

 

3FA & 4FA Block Distribution

  • 3 hours or less: 6.6%
  • 3 to 4 hours: 14.1%
  • 4 to 5 hours: 9.2%
  • 5 to 6 hours: 20.6%
  • 6 to 7 hours: 20.2%
  • 7 to 8 hours: 15.7%
  • 8 to 9 hours: 13.4%

 

DFW Combined Operation Percentage of Sequences

All equipment all positions.

  • 1-Day: 34.0%
  • 2-Day: 25.8%
  • 3-Day: 29.6%
  • 4-Day: 9.7%
  • 5-Day: 0.5%
  • 6-Day: 0.4%

 

Designated email for Allocations and Manning questions and concerns:
dfwbidsheet@apfa.org

In Solidarity,

Amber De Roxtra
APFA DFW Base President
(682) 422-7179

aderoxtra@apfa.org

Amy Knox Green
APFA DFW Base Vice President
(972) 696-9766

agreen@apfa.org

1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

Phone: (817) 540-0108
Fax: (817) 540-2077

 

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