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12.03.20 – PFA MIA Base Brief – January 2021 Allocations

Thursday, December 3, 2020

January 2021 Staffing and Allocations

January flying is still down about 55% year over year. System-wide block hours are 672,889 slightly up from 666,157 in December, but significantly less than last January’s block hours which totaled 1,418,457. Miami’s total block hours for January are 106,389 up form 105,705 in December, and down from 201,820 last January.

System-wide synthetic time increased to 6.5% because of fewer frequencies and trips not operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays. This also results in certain sequences being longer in duration because the plane may not return to the hub cities on those days or operating on certain banks of flying.

There seemed to be more four-leg turns for January in and out of HAV and CUN. I asked the Company to split these apart because they are not very popular and will be difficult to cover if they end up in open time.

There will be a 6% increase in the number turns compared to December. 2-day trips will remain about the same, 3 and 4-day trips will decrease marginally. The Company will not mix the wide- body flying with narrow-body which occurred in December.

GRU will be built as a Rocket on a 777-300 with a layover slightly under 14 hours and will operate daily. MVD will also operate as a Rocket on a 777-200 twice weekly with a 13.45-hour layover. GIG will operate daily on a 777-200 with a 38-hour layover. We will continue to alternate the long layovers with GIG and GRU.

In February, GRU will have the 38-hour layover, and GIG will be built as a Rocket. No word yet on when the Europe flying will return. The Company indicated they will let us know when Network Planning plans to resume service to Europe. I will update you as soon as I have any information. LAX will have a daily round trip 2-day Transcon on the 777-300, with a day flight each day. The 777-200 will operate daily turns to DFW and JFK.

I have been advised by the APFA Hotel Department that not all hotels are interested in our business which makes it difficult to find suitable hotels. I have received several complaints about various locations and will continue to address your concerns through the proper channels. Also please check your tablet before your trip as many hotels have stringent COVID restrictions and must adhere to Country regulations.

Flying has increased by about 2% from December, but still down 48.8% year over year. Reserve went up 29 heads from December due to anticipated coverage issues associated with the first week in January.

Here are the preliminary staffing numbers for January 2021 compared to those for January 2020 and December 2020:

Block Hours

  • FLL… 5,052
  • PBI… 2,727
  • ATL… 1,812
  • MCO… 1,974
  • MIA… 94,824

Total: 106,389


In Solidarity,

Randy Trautman
APFA MIA Base President

Heidi Morgan
APFA MIA Full-Time Base Council Representative

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