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3.06.24 – APFA DCA Base Brief – April 2024 Staffing and Allocations

April 2024 DCA Staffing and Allocations

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

When PBS processing begins, if additional Lineholders are needed, those with Reserve status will be changed to Lineholder status in the following order:

  1. Tentative Flight Attendants whose preference was Lineholder in the LRD process.
  2. Reserve Flight Attendants who toggled to Pref LH in the LRD who were unable to hold Lineholder status in LRD.
  3. Most junior Reserve Flight Attendants involuntarily moved to Lineholder status after all the above have been utilized.

Important: If you are in one of these 3 categories above, you will want to bid 7 layers of Reserve and 7 layers of Lineholder in PBS.


  • DCA: 39,851
  • IAD: 1,866
  • BWI: 2,650

44,367 Total flying hours (DCA, IAD, BWI) (-415 month-over-month)  (+1955 hours year-over-year)

  • April will not be a flex month.
  • The contractual targeted credit range default is 70-90 with an opening line average of 77.7.
  • There will be no unpaid VLOA’s for April.
  • DCA Reserve seniority for April begins at System Seniority 23,787 with OCC date of November 6, 2022.
  • 25 new hires total which 17 will be in PBS for bidding and 8 will not be bidding but will get an assigned line.
  • Reserve percentage is up slightly 0.8% compared to April 2023 with an increase of 45-line holders over 2023.
  • The overall headcount year-over -year has increased by 59 Flight Attendants.

April Events and Timelines

  • April 1: April Fool’s Day
  • Schedule Change on April 4
  • 2024 Masters Tournament from April 7-15 in Augusta, GA
  • Daylight Saving Time Begins: March 10 at 2 am local time
  • Secondary Vacation Bid Closes: March 12
  • APFA Annual Convention: March 19-21 in Los Colinas, TX
  • Kentucky Derby on May 1 🐴

Allocations Notes for April:

  • 415 block hours over March 2024
  • 754 sequences
  • ODANS are the same and still increased. (BDL, BOS, BTV, CHS, JAX, LGA, PVD, RDU)
  • LAX high time turns operating 31 days.
  • PHX ‘pink eye’ operating 31 days.
  • BWI DFW turns operate 26 days.
  • 15 Charter/Honor flights – Sequence #’s 13162, 13145, 13148, 13167,13205, 13209, 13211, 13231, 13238, 13252, 13262, 13287, 13293, 13299, and 13328
  • 56 sequences with 3+hour sit times a big improvement from March 2024
  • 6 Spanish speaker positions
  • 79 NIPD sequences out of DCA with layovers: BDA, BGI, CUN, MID
  • Canada RON: YYC, YYZ
  • No NIPD out of BWI
  • 3 NIPD sequences out of IAD: CUN layover
  • 80 -737 MAX sequences

Scheduled Duty Days:

  • <8 hours: 48.4%
  • 8-10 hours: 26.7%
  • 10-12 hours: 22.2%
  • >12 hours: 2.7%

Scheduled Legs in Duty Day:

  • 1-leg: 32.7%
  • 2-legs: 49.6%
  • 3-legs: 16.3%
  • 4- legs: 1.4%

Scheduled Layover Rest:

  • <11 hours: 0.2%
  • 11-12 hours: 4.6%
  • 12-14 hours: 26.0%
  • 16-18 hours: 18.2%
  • >24 hours: 10.5%

Scheduled Sit Times:

  • 2-2.5 hours: 11.1%
  • 2.5-3% hours: 9.5%
  • >3 hours: 2.6%

April Bidding Timelines


April 2024 System Reserve Seniority


  • A321N Differences
  • Operational Reliability
  • Collaborative De-escalation
  • Data Privacy Training and Privacy Policy Acknowledgement
  • What is Personal Data?
  • Data Disposal
  • Keeping American Secure – Insider Threat

WBT Deadline: Monday, March 11 @ 11:59 pm (CT)


Required Base Equipment and Service Training
Widebody Aircraft Training 777/787/IFS

Please note that mandatory widebody equipment and service training bidding opens the first and closes on the sixth of every month. If you are not qualified and you don’t bid for a date, you may be drafted into a class. Please ensure timely completion and submission to participate in the bid process.

Updated: FA numbers that still need to be trained as of March 1, 2024

  • 101 FA /777
  • 194 FA/ 787
  • 107 FA/ IFS

Final Notes for DCA:

On February 13, 2024, we had a successful Worldwide Flight Attendant Day of Action. APFA, AFA, TWU, and other unions were present to walk the picket line in solidarity and support of reaching a contract we desire and deserve. DCA had about 120 participants and seven local government representatives. IAD was equally successful in its same-day picket event. It is excellent to see unions and representatives collaborating to advocate for the flight attendant profession. Collaboration like this can impact and move the needle toward our success.

Thanks to our DCA Contract ACTION Team and the APFA National Government Affairs Committee for coordinating this picketing event and working with our friends on Capitol Hill who support our cause.


APFA Pickets Wall Street During Company’s 2024 Investor Day

Read the APFA National Hotline

This month, the APFA Negotiating Committee plans to meet with the company and the National Mediation Board (NMB). Throughout this process, we urge you to remain unified and maintain solidarity in pursuing a new contract that we deserve. Please continue showing unity by wearing your red lanyards, bag tags, and union pins.

WHAT DO WE WANT – CONTRACT!
WHEN DO WE WANT IT – NOW!


In Solidarity,

John Pennel
APFA DCA Base President

[email protected]

Dianne Britton
APFA DCA Base Vice President

[email protected]

Lisa Barnes
APFA DCA Base Council Representative – Allocations

[email protected]

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Phone: (817) 540-0108

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M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
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APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

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