2.09.21 – APFA MIA Base Brief – March 2021 Allocations

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

March 2021 Staffing and Allocations


Miami’s total block hours for March are 127,919. This is an 8.7% increase from February. We are still down 43% from the same period last year. The increase in block hours represents the gradual return of our flying. We expect this trend to continue.

Please join me in welcoming back 424 recalled Flight Attendants for March. We are thrilled to have them back. 390 Flight Attendants will be participating in the LRD tool, and 26 will participate in PBS only.

The Reserve utilization system-wide was up 50% for January. I am pleased to report the Company used the same metric from last March to determine the Reserve percentages for next month. The March 2021 Reserve percentage will be 16.8% with 368 heads projected. In comparison, January’s reserve percentage was 22.7% with 390 total Reserve counts.

With the added flying, the Company does not anticipate an overage, and has indicated there will be no 70-hour paid VLOA’s offered. Should there be any unforeseen changes, there may be a small number of unpaid VLOA’s offered.

At a Town Hall Meeting yesterday in Miami, Vasu Raja, VP of Revenue, announced Miami will start service in June to Tel Aviv (TLV) Israel, and Paramaribo (PBM) Suriname. Given that 50% of Israel has already been vaccinated, Mr. Raja indicated there would be numerous opportunities to connect Israel to the Caribbean and Latin America. He also said we can expect more wide-body flying. This will include MIA-LAX four times daily on the 777-200, double the number of seats in Columbia, deploy the 787 where there is demand including short haul, and the 737 Max having more long-range opportunities. Mr. Raja stated, “We are playing to win.” He further said that American has made clear its commitment to Miami with local government officials. He is confident there will be a recovery, and Miami will play a significant role in that recovery.

For March, GIG will operate daily as a Rocket. MVD will continue to operate twice weekly as a Rocket. GRU will operate daily with the long layover. BCN and LHR are scheduled to resume service on March 27th.

We will see a 6% increase in 4-day sequences primarily due to co-pairing with the Pilots on the 737 Max. All other sequences will have similar percentages to the February allocations.

Here are the staffing numbers for March, and the composition of trips:

Total block hours for March 2021: 127,919 hours

  • MIA: 115,721
  • FLL: 5,086
  • PBI: 2,603
  • MCO: 2,676
  • ATL: 1,833


In Solidarity,

Randy Trautman
APFA MIA Base President


Heidi Morgan
APFA MIA Full-Time Base Council Representative


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