10.16.21 – APFA DFW Base Brief – November 2021 Allocations

Saturday, October 16, 2021

November 2021 Manning and Allocations Call
***Manning Information is Preliminary and Subject to Change***

Manning Information

  • Active Headcount: 6,017
  • Available Headcount: 5,647
  • Lineholders: 4,757
  • Reserves: 890 (15.8%)
  • System Reserve: 16.2%
  • No Unpaid Voluntary Leave of Absence (VLOA) will be available
  • Flight Attendants returning from EVLOA: 380
  • Flight Attendants returning from EVLOA systemwide: 1,762
  • Expected Open Line Average: 79.9 hours

 

Important Timelines

November Schedule Highlights 

  • Schedule Change: November 02, November 18, and December 01
  • US Daylight Savings Time Ends: Sunday, November 07
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 25
  • Charter Flights: Professional Football, College Football, Honor Flights.

 

Allocations Information

November has three schedule changes that will impact flying. At the beginning of the month, flying is pulled down for two weeks. The second schedule change on November 18 introduces the Thanksgiving Holiday adjustments. Flying is increased in many markets the week before and after Thanksgiving Day. Some pairings may have longer layovers due to the holiday adjustments. The last schedule change on December 1 will pull the schedule down again for the start of December. Some Flight Attendants may hold “bottom heavy” schedules for November due to the concentration of flying at the end of the month.

DFW has a variety of bank cancellations throughout the month that may cause fluctuations in flying patterns. November’s PBS cover sheet will provide bank cancellation information. The company-maintained optimizer programming changes from October.

DFW did see improvements in trip construction for November. Turns have increased with several high time turns returning. Domestic and NIPD wide body flying has increased; legs per day have decreased, with 76% of pairings working two legs or less per day. Four-day trips have decreased slightly, and duty days working over twelve hours have remained low.

Last month, the Company implemented the crew hub transit initiative at DFW. The goal of the co-pairing initiative is to improve crew reliability, especially during irregular operations. Most narrow-body crews transiting through DFW and CLT will be co-paired. We had hoped that co-pairing would reduce sit/connect times, but unfortunately, they have increased for November. Other concerns include three-day pairings worth minimal pay, trips with excessive sit/connect times, commutable four-day trips and redeye pairings. We will continue to analyze recent optimizer programming changes and the effect on DFW’s pairings.

DFW was allocated 342,388 hours for November, an increase of 7,797 hours from October. AUS satellite base was given 1,480 hours, a decrease of 37 hours, and STL was assigned 4,439 hours, a reduction of 569 from October. American is flying 85% of its block hours compared to November 2019.

3FA and 4FA Percentage of Sequences

  • 1-Day: 28.5%
  • 2-Day: 28.4%
  • 3-Day: 34.4%
  • 4-Day: 8.7%

 

3FA and 4FA Overnight Rest Distribution

  • Overnight Rest 10-10:30 hrs: 4.2%
  • Overnight Rest 10:30-11hrs: 7.7%
  • Overnight Rest 11-12 hrs: 12.9%
  • Overnight Rest 12-14 hrs: 19.1%
  • Overnight Rest 14-16 hrs: 18.3%
  • Overnight Rest 16-24 hrs: 30.9%
  • Overnight Rest 24-34 hrs: 6.7%
  • Overnight Rest Greater than 34 hrs: 0.3%

 

3FA & 4FA Productivity

  • Credit Hours per Calendar Day: 5:16 hrs
  • Schedule Block Hours per Calendar Day:0 4:48 hrs
  • Credit Hours per Duty Period: 5.38 hrs

 

3FA & 4FA Sit-Time

  • 2 Hours: 11.9%
  • 2.5 Hours: 7.6%
  • 3 Hours: 3.3%

 

3FA & 4FA Leg Distribution

  • 1-Leg: 27.5%
  • 2-Leg: 48.7%
  • 3-Leg: 23.1%
  • 4-Legs: 0.7%

 

3FA & 4FA Duty Distribution

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

  • 3 to 4 hours of duty: 6.7%
  • 4 to 5 hours of duty: 13.1%
  • 5 to 6 hours of duty: 6.8%
  • 6 to 7 hours of duty: 3.6%
  • 7 to 8 hours of duty: 8.2%
  • 8 to 9 hours of duty: 15.4%
  • 9 to 10 hours of duty: 14.5%
  • 10 to 11 hours of duty: 14.8%
  • 11 to 12 hours of duty: 14.0%
  • Greater than 12 hours: 1.8%

 

3FA & 4FA Block Distribution

  • 3 hours or less: 13.5%
  • 3 to 4 hours: 14.3%
  • 4 to 5 hours: 12.8%
  • 5 to 6 hours: 20.5%
  • 6 to 7 hours: 19.8%
  • 7 to 8 hours: 14.5%
  • 8 to 9 hours: 4.5%
  • Nine hours or greater: 0.1%

 

DFW Combined Operation Percentage of Sequences

All equipment all positions.

  • 1-Day: 29.0%
  • 2-Day: 23.6%
  • 3-Day: 38.2%
  • 4-Day: 8.0%
  • 5-Day: 0.9%
  • 6-Day: 0.4%

 

Designated email for Allocations and Manning questions and concerns:
dfwbidsheet@apfa.org
Be careful and fly safe!

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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