Representing the Flight Attendants
of American Airlines

Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

9.07.21 – APFA DCA Base Brief – October 2021 Allocations

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

October 2021 Allocations

When PBS processing begins, if additional Lineholders are needed, those with Reserve status will be changed to Lineholder status in the following order:

  1. Tentative Flight Attendants who were involuntarily moved to Reserve status.
  2. Reserve Flight Attendants who toggled to Pref LH in the LRD who were unable to hold Lineholder status in LRD.
  3. Most junior Reserve Flight Attendants involuntarily moved to Lineholder status after all the above have been utilized.


If you are in one of these 3 categories above, you will want to bid
7 layers of Reserve and 7 layers of Lineholder in PBS

  • DCA: 30,544 flying hours (-503 month-over-month)
  • IAD: 2,210  (+308)
  • BWI: 2,237 (-280)
  • 34,991 Total Flying Hours (DCA, IAD, BWI) (-475)


Expected opening PBS line average is 83 hours. Overall combined co terminal flying is slightly down compared to last month with an increase in block hours in IAD, which brings us to the normal average of hours for IAD, following the complete loss of flying there mid-summer. October generally yields a decrease in the flying schedule, but we anticipate more block hours over the coming holiday months.

Final Notes for the DCA Base:

  • 604 overall sequences (DCA, IAD, BWI)
  • 100 total sequences on the 737 MAX (98 DCA, 2 BWI)
  • High time LAS and LAX turns operating 27 and 30 days per month
  • Increased 3- and 4-day trips and a very slight decrease in 1- and 2-day trips
  • Sit times are decreasing but still incorporated in many sequences
  • No redeyes
  • No ODANs


October Flight Attendant Reserve Rotation starts at system seniority 18,800 with an OCC date of June 09, 2014.

As we took a deep dive into our allocations for October, we can conclude that the Company has finally started to listen to APFA and your local base leadership on the construction of our sequences. We are seeing less high time duty days with a slight increase in rest periods, limited number of 4-leg days and no 5-leg duty periods.

Soft time is starting to come back with less hard time sequences which means not as many high time credited trips.

We will continue to advocate for less sit time, better variety of RONs, commutable multiple day trips, increase in one day turns, less 4-day trips and the addition of ODAN flying.

Your local base leadership encourages you to let your voice be heard and continue to express your feedback on our sequences and trip construction.

In Solidarity,

John Pennel
APFA DCA Base President

Dianne Britton
APFA DCA Base Vice President

Lisa Barnes
APFA DCA Base Council Representative – Allocations



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