Friday, February 3, 2023
March 2023 Staffing and Allocations
Our total headcount for March has increased by 14% YOY. We will receive 66 new hires out of training who will be part of the manning plan for March. The Company plans to hire 14 classes through June with a target of 1848 Flight Attendants added to the system. Last year, 1500 Flight Attendants either retired, were terminated, or resigned from the Company. A large percentage of the hiring is to replace attrition.
The Reserve percentage for March is 17.5% with 541 required heads. This represents very little change from February. The most senior Reserve will have an occupational date of May 14th, 2018. Seniority number 21048. If you are Lineholder status and want to keep your Reserve rotation, you will need to toggle onto Reserve in the LRD tool. We continue to receive calls each month from Flight Attendants who failed to toggle on because they assumed they were on Reserve. Your seniority determines whether or not you will be on Reserve in any given month. Please be careful when toggling on if you have more than 3 days vacation because you will not get credit for serving Reserve.
March flying will have a schedule change on March 1. There will be added capacity on various weekends as flying will ramp up for Spring Break. On March 12, we will cut over to Daylight Savings time. There will be fewer pure sequences due to the time change. When bidding, please make a note of this.
GRU will operate two daily departures, one with a 16-hour layover on the 777-300 and the longer layover on the 777-200. The 16-hour layover is not considered a Rocket since the layover was not built under 14 hours. In actual operations, the layover can only be reduced to 14 hours. When a sequence is built as a Rocket per the JCBA, the layover can be reduced to 10 hours in actual operations.
LHR will operate two daily departures on the 777-200. The last week flight 38/39 will operate on the 777-300. EZE will operate daily on the 777-200. TLV, BCN, and CDG will operate daily on the 787-8, and MVD will operate Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday on the 787-8. MAD and GIG will operate daily on the 787-9.
TLV will be discontinued, with the last flight operating on March 24. CDG and MVD will suspend service on the 25th and are scheduled to resume service in the fall. To support the headcount, additional NIPD and Domestic flying will be added in the upcoming months. The reverse will happen when the IPD flying decreases at the conclusion of the summer schedule in PHL and LAX.
There will be three non-IPD wide-body sequences for March. An LAX day turn on the 787-9, a 2-day SJU layover with two legs each day, and a three day with layovers in LAX and JFK. I have asked the Company to split the 3-day trip into 2-day 1/1 trips. They are reviewing it.
- SJU, PAP, SKB, POS, SXM, GND, UVF, CTG, AUA, ANU, MEX, STT, BAQ, CMW, XPL, SVD, PEI, SCU, NAS, PTY, BOG, DCA, BNA, LGA, DEN, YYZ
- MCO, RIC, ATL, BNA, JAX, MSY, TPA
Total block hours for March is 194,093
- MIA: 180,418
- ATL: 1,971
- FLL: 6,145
- PBI: 3,082
- MCO: 2,477
Direct Conflicts/FAR Illegal-Pay Protection
If you have a FAR removal (FI), you are paid for the full value of both sequences. For a Direct Conflict (DC), meaning a sequence overlaps another, the pay for the first trip measures against the second trip.
For example, you have two 10-hour trips back to back. You arrive a day later from your first trip which make you FAR Illegal (FI) for the second trip. Meaning you have less than FAR Minimum Rest between trips, and there is no overlap. The first trip is now worth 15 hours. You are pay protected for the full value (10 hours) of the second trip since they did not overlap. The pay value for both trips in this scenario is 25 hours.
In the case of a Direct Conflict (DC), you get in the next day causing a direct overlap with the second trip. The first trip becomes worth 15 hours, the second trip was worth 10 hours. The original scheduled value of both trips added together was 20 hours. You would be owed the difference of five hours in this scenario as a result of the trips overlapping. So you are pay protected the original value of both for a total of 20 hours.
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