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3.07.22 – APFA DFW Base Brief – April 2022 Allocations

Monday, March 7, 2022

April 2022 Manning and Allocations Call
***Manning Information is Preliminary and Subject to Change***

Manning Information

  • Active Headcount: 6,515
  • Available Headcount: 6,041
  • Bid Jobs/Line Holders: 4,807
  • Reserves: 1,234 (20.4%)
  • System Reserve: 19.3%
  • Initial Reserve Seniority: 13810 (01 MAR 2001)
  • New Hire Flight Attendants Serving Straight Reserve: 266
  • No Voluntary (unpaid) Leave of Absence (VLOA) will be available.
  • Vacancy Transfers reporting on 01APR: 28
  • New Hires Reporting to DFW for APR: 82
  • Expected Open Line Average: 79.5 hours
  • Expected System Line Average: 79.6 hours

Important Timelines

2022 New Hire Flight Attendant Classes:

  • Class 22-01: 15 NH FAs reported to DFW on 21FEB
  • Class 22-02: 15 NH FAs reported to DFW on 28FEB
  • Class 22-03: 14 NH FAs reporting to DFW on 07MAR
  • Class 22-04: 14 NH FAs reporting to DFW on 14MAR
  • Class 22-05: 26 NH FAs reporting to DFW on 22MAR
  • Class 22-06: 31 NH FAs reporting to DFW on 28MAR

April Schedule Highlights

  • Schedule Change: Tuesday, April 05
  • Mexico DST Change: Tuesday, April 03
  • Masters Golf Tournament: Monday, April 04 thru Sunday, April 10
  • NASCAR Race Bristol, TN: Thursday, April 14 thru Monday, April 18
  • Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Indio California: Friday, April 15 thru Sunday, April17 and Friday, April 22 thru Sunday, April 24
  • Easter Weekend: Saturday, April 16 thru Sunday, April 17 (minor schedule reductions)
  • Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, Omaha: Friday, April 29 thru Monday, May 02
  • April is a 31-day contractual month encompassing 5 weekends

Allocations Information

April has one schedule change at the beginning of the month and a minor schedule reduction over Easter. Overall, pairings have improved for April. Sequence durations are heading in the right direction, increasing turns and two-day trips, and decreasing three and four-day pairings. Sit/connect times have decreased month over month. Duty periods working three to four legs per day account for just 18.6% of all pairings, with most pairings working one to two legs per day (81.3%).

The company has continued to be proactive in scheduling layover rest to adhere to the anticipated ten-hour minimum crew rest requirement in the FAA’s final review process. Layover rests twelve-hours and higher account for 99% of April’s pairings. ODANs have increased substantially for April. The combination of lifting programming restrictions, aircraft routing, and bank operations produced the highest number of ODANs since May 2021. We realize that many flight attendants enjoy the flexibility ODANs provide. We will monitor open time throughout the month to ensure the base has the correct percentage of ODAN pairings.

The company expanded the transit initiative for April to include all hub and satellite bases. The premise of the transit initiative is to improve crew reliability and lessen operational complexities. Crews transiting through hub/satellite bases between 0900-2000 may be co-paired. Crew planning adjusted co-transit programming parameters to reduce sit/connect times and improve crew transit efficiency. We appreciate the programming changes for April and their effect on specific aspects of trip construction, but DFW’s pairings still need a great deal of improvement.

Issues we brought to the company include losing high time turns, lengthy and unnecessary sit/connect times, unproductive pairings worth minimal pay, loss of domestic widebody flying, and excessive sit/connect times before long flights. We provided problematic pairings for review and modifications. With spring and summer approaching, we stressed that flexibility is critical in balancing work and home obligations and providing our members a suitable quality of life.

DFW was allocated 353,703 block hours for April, an increase of 14,726 hours from March. AUS satellite base was given 1,491 hours, an increase of 2 hours. STL satellite base was assigned 4,438 hours, a decrease of 46 hours from March. American is flying 83.5% of its block hours compared to April 2019.

3FA and 4FA Sequence Durations

  • 1-Day: 26.3%
  • 2-Day: 32.9%
  • 3-Day: 35.8%
  • 4-Day: 5.1%

3FA and 4FA Overnight Rest Distribution

  • Overnight Rest 10:30-11hrs: 0.1%
  • Overnight Rest 11-12 hrs: 1.0%
  • Overnight Rest 12-14 hrs: 38.0%
  • Overnight Rest 14-16 hrs: 28.1%
  • Overnight Rest 16-24 hrs: 27.5%
  • Overnight Rest 24-34 hrs: 5.0%
  • Overnight Rest Greater than 34 hrs: 0.4%

3FA & 4FA Productivity

  • Credit Hours per Calendar Day: 5:14 hrs
  • Schedule Block Hours per Calendar Day: 4:43 hrs
  • Credit Hours per Duty Period: 5.35 hrs

3FA & 4FA Sit-Time

  • 2 Hours: 12.4%
  • 2.5 Hours: 7.6%
  • 3 Hours: 2.7%

3FA & 4FA Leg Distribution

  • 1-Leg: 31.5%
  • 2-Leg: 49.8%
  • 3-Leg: 18.2%
  • 4-Leg: 0.4%

3FA & 4FA Duty Distribution

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

  • 3 to 4 hours of duty: 8.4%
  • 4 to 5 hours of duty: 14.7%
  • 5 to 6 hours of duty: 6.5%
  • 6 to 7 hours of duty: 2.8%
  • 7 to 8 hours of duty: 8.5%
  • 8 to 9 hours of duty: 13.6%
  • 9 to 10 hours of duty: 12.8%
  • 10 to 11 hours of duty: 12.3%
  • 11 to 12 hours of duty: 16.5%
  • Greater than 12 hours: 2.4%

3FA & 4FA Block Distribution

  • 3 hours or less: 16.2%
  • 3 to 4 hours: 16.1%
  • 4 to 5 hours: 14.2%
  • 5 to 6 hours: 16.9%
  • 6 to 7 hours: 16.9%
  • 7 to 8 hours: 14.7%
  • 8 to 9 hours: 4.8%
  • Nine hours or greater: 0.3%

DFW Combined Operation Percentage of Sequences

All equipment all positions.

  • 1-Day: 22.3%
  • 2-Day: 26.8%
  • 3-Day: 43.5%
  • 4-Day: 6.6%
  • 5-Day: 0.6%
  • 6-Day: 0.2%

 

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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