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7.12.23 – APFA DFW Base Brief- August 2023 Staffing and Allocations

August 2023 Staffing and Allocations

Information is Preliminary and Subject to Change

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Manning Information:

  • Total Headcount: 7,058
  • Available Headcount: 6,575
  • Lineholders: 4,984
  • Reserves: 1,591 (24.2%)
  • System Reserve: 22.7%
  • Initial Reserve Seniority: 14980 (17JUN13)
  • New Hires reporting to DFW in AUG: 20
  • Expected Open Line Average: 82.9 hours
  • Expected System Line Average: 83.0 hours

Important Timelines:

Schedule Highlights:

Key Dates

  • Schedule Change: Friday, August 04 and Tuesday, August 15
  • Contractual Month: Tuesday, August 01 thru Wednesday, August 30

Holidays/Special Events

  • Epic Company Conference (MSN): Added capacity 20AUG-23AUG
  • Burning Man Music Festival (RNO): Added capacity 25AUG-04SEP
  • Labor Day Holiday Adjustments: 28AUG-04SEP

Bank Structure

  • DFW will operate nine (9) banks in August with narrow-body cuts on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Allocations Information:

Summer flying remains strong for August, with similar trip construction that mirrors June and July. August is the final month of the peak summer schedule, and flying will gradually decrease after the second schedule change on 08/15. The decrease in flying is minimal and will mainly affect NIPD and domestic frequencies. Block hours will continue to decrease into Labor Day and beyond in preparation for the “shoulder months” of September and October when the entire operation is pulled down before the next peak flying season. The good news about a pull-down in block hours is the company has indicated lower line averages and fewer reserves will be needed. We plan on holding the company accountable regarding its forecast for September and October. Trip construction has remained status quo for August, but that does not mean it is satisfactory. We realize that many domestic and NIPD pairings are difficult and undesirable. While statistical data is positive and has dramatically improved from years past, we advocate monthly for quality pairings that provide flexibility for our members and the opportunity to come to work and be productive, reducing the number of working days.

Base leadership addressed specific pairings for August that needed review and improvement. We also have made it clear to crew allocations that DFW flight attendants prefer two-leg turns, preferably higher in time and two-day pairings with a 1-3 or 3-1 flying pattern for double-up opportunities and commutability. A mix of short and long layovers is preferred to layovers with crew members away from base for two or three full days for minimal hours. We plan to meet with the allocations department to discuss monthly improvements in pairing construction.

DFW will receive 20 new hire flight attendants for August. New-hire flight attendants have played a significant part in our summer operation, with 635 NH FA reporting to DFW after graduation this year. The company’s strategy of having NH flying during the peak summer season was successful, and they plan a similar approach for the next peak holiday season in November and December. Please welcome our newest brothers and sisters when you see them on the line.

DFW received 395,936 block hours for August, an increase of 3,065 hours from July. STL satellite has 4,439 hours, whereas AUS will have 1,609 hours for August.

3FA and 4FA Sequence Durations:

  • 1-Day: 30.3%
  • 2-Day: 35.4%
  • 3-Day: 29.8%
  • 4-Day: 4.5%

3FA and 4FA Overnight Rest Distribution:

  • Overnight Rest 11-12 hrs: 2.6%
  • Overnight Rest 12-14 hrs: 28.3%
  • Overnight Rest 14-16 hrs: 27.3%
  • Overnight Rest 16-24 hrs: 33.8%
  • Overnight Rest 24-34 hrs: 7.9%

3FA & 4FA Productivity:

  • Credit Hours per Calendar Day: 5:02 hrs.
  • Schedule Block Hours per Calendar Day: 4:35 hrs.
  • Credit Hours per Duty Period: 5.37 hrs.

3FA & 4FA Sit Times:

  • 2 Hours: 16.3%
  • 2.5 Hours: 8.2%
  • 3 Hours: 2.0%

3FA & 4FA Leg Distribution:

  • 1-Leg: 28.9%
  • 2-Leg: 48.2%
  • 3-Leg: 22.0%
  • 4-Legs: 0.8%

3FA & 4FA Duty Distribution:
Duty length is calculated including sign-in and release time.

  • 3 hours or less of duty: 1.4%
  • 3 to 4 hours of duty: 7.1%
  • 4 to 5 hours of duty: 14.3%
  • 5 to 6 hours of duty: 5.7%
  • 6 to 7 hours of duty: 4.6%
  • 7 to 8 hours of duty: 11.4%
  • 8 to 9 hours of duty: 16.1%
  • 9 to 10 hours of duty: 13.6%
  • 10 to 11 hours of duty: 12.8%
  • 11 to 12 hours of duty: 12.1%
  • Greater than 12 hours: 1.0%

3FA & 4FA Block Distribution:

  • 3 hours or less: 14.0%
  • 3 to 4 hours: 17.6%
  • 4 to 5 hours: 12.4%
  • 5 to 6 hours: 19.9%
  • 6 to 7 hours: 19.4%
  • 7 to 8 hours: 12.1%
  • 8 to 9 hours: 4.4%
  • 9 hours or greater: 0.1%

DFW Combined Operation Percentage of Sequences:
All equipment all positions.

  • 1-Day: 25.1%
  • 2-Day: 29.1%
  • 3-Day: 39.3%
  • 4-Day: 5.0%
  • 5-Day: 1.4%
  • 6-Day: 0.1%

Designated email for Allocations and Manning questions and concerns:
[email protected]

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Amber De Roxtra
APFA DFW Base President
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(682) 422-7179

Amy Green
APFA DFW Base Vice President
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(972) 696-9766

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