Thursday, December 3, 2020
Hello ORD Flight Attendants,
We hope everyone found a way to celebrate Thanksgiving in our pandemic world. November is behind us. While there is no official analysis, it would appear any cost savings the Company hoped to achieve in the oppressive November sequence build was lost when Red Flag flying was open at every base, almost every day of the month. Who didn’t see that coming?! Sit back, the show should be similar in December.
January 2021 Allocations
The monthly Staffing/Allocation calls were this week. There are no big surprises for January and trip build is similar to December. There is a decrease in turns causing an increase in 2-days. Many of the 2-days are not pretty and this was addressed on the call. The one piece of good news is the Company agreed to stop building the mixed wide body/narrow body sequences. The 737 Max flying is isolated to the MIA base currently.
While systemwide job hours have increased slightly month over month, ORD hours are down. January 46,910 versus December 50,127. MSP January 951 versus December 968. Our goal is always to have a balance in the type of flying at the base. Trips lengths have a cleaner distribution. ODANs are 2.6 starts per day versus 2.0 in December. The Company has projected zero VLOAs. January is historically a more senior reserve month. Be sure to check your Lineholder or Reserve status in the LRD on Crew Portal.
- Job Hours ORD: 46,910
- Job Hours MSP: 951
January 2021 Bidding Timelines
Payroll Support Program (PSP)
Monday, November 30th, was the kickoff to another Action Week in the fight to extend PSP. Thank you to our great ORD Flight Attendants, and all those who showed up for a very cold rally in downtown Chicago on December 1st!
Service Animal Safety Enhancements
Just announced this week, the DOT will narrow the definition of service animals allowed in the cabin on commercial aircraft. The base has been seeing an increase in write ups for aggressive animals on the aircraft. We wholeheartedly welcome the enhanced safety measures! APFA Applauds Service Animal Safety Enhancements Hotline
Quality Assurance Rides
Flight Service Managers have started check rides again. APFA questioned the timing and learned the FAA requires a certain number of rides every year. The pandemic put the program on pause for many months. While the Company will not meet the yearly quota, they have made a commitment to the FAA to complete a limited number of rides. Please reach out to your FSM with questions.
Continue to fill out ASAP reports for all battery/charging/power issues with the FA tablet.
Thank you for your hard work and commitment to safety. We wish everyone safe and healthy Holidays and a better New Year. Please continue to stay up to date by reading the APFA Hotlines and mobileCCI messages. We remain available for questions and feedback.
Be kind to one another. Take care and stay safe in these uncertain times!
APFA ORD Base President
APFA ORD Base Vice President