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10.21.21 – Coverage Needed (CN) Dates – November 2021

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Coverage Needed (CN) Dates – November 2021

Coverage Needed (CN) is a term applied to a day in a bid month that occurs when not enough Flight Attendants bid in PBS to fly on that day. PBS does not consider holidays any different than other days of the month and must cover the trips that have been scheduled for the bid month. PBS will allow as many Flight Attendants to be off on a particular day (whether it is a holiday or not) as possible but will reach a point it has to start forcing coverage because it cannot finish the award process with the number of pairings that remain in open time.

Some of you may have noticed a “PN” designator next to your assigned pairing for November. This means that your pairing pools (Layer 1 through Layer 7) did not provide PBS enough pairings that could be held at your seniority to create a legal line. PBS had to go outside of your pairing pools to find additional pairings to complete your line. None of your properties, preferences or specific days off are guaranteed to be honored in the PN Process. Pairing Pool None pairings, labeled on your award as “PN”, result from insufficient bidding.

Please Note: Anytime you are awarded a CN or PN pairing, your line will automatically be labeled as Layer None (LN). PBS could not complete a legal line with all of your layer preferences, including your Target Credit Range (TCR).

Below, you will find the data from management for each seniority range that had CN days for both Lineholders and Reserves in November. We will continue to see the same number or more CN days over the next few months, as we all tend to request the same days off over the holidays.

How do I locate the coverage needed (CN) dates on my PBS award?



How do I read the Coverage Needed charts?

When there are coverage needed dates for either Lineholders or Reserves in a base, the report below gives the seniority number of the most senior person given the day as coverage needed with the date listed to the right. Every FA junior to that FA has that CN day, and each additional CN day is listed to the right. The chart progresses as more dates are added, displaying the seniority number of the most senior FA required for the additional CN day(s).

In the example below (highlighted in RED), a PHX Lineholder Flight Attendant with seniority 12283 has five (5) CN days: November 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28. The days are displayed YYMMDD:

November 2021 CN Dates by Base
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