flyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1968 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 5 months 3 days ago) and read 3162 times:
Firstly I welcome all flight attendants, and of course everyone else to chime in on this post.
When I say "large" airline I will be referring to large legacy carriers employing thousands of FAs, foreign and domestic (LCC included)
As a regional FA, I've always been curious about large airlines and their flight attendant groups. Sometimes it seems the large airlines employ thousands of FAs, and often that in just one base therefore is it possible to get to know a lot of your co-workers when you work at one of these companies? It would seem that you would almost always be flying with colleagues you haven't met before.
Is it difficult to gain proficiency on so many aircraft types? Lets just use American Airlines as an example. Adding up all those types, then all those positions, galleys, etc. Seems like It could get awkward and confusing. We fly two types of aircraft and sometimes when I'll be flying "the other one" I will have to stop and think about where something is before I go digging for it. I can't imagine what it must be like to go from flying domestic on an MD80 for two years and then finding you have a trip on a 777 next bid.
I would imagine this a great benefit at large LCCs- simplicity. On-board remains less complex compared to larger companies with diverse fleet structures.
Thanks for entertaining my interests, and I look forward to comments!
AA767400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2424 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days ago) and read 3121 times:
Quoting flyboy80 (Thread starter): Is it difficult to gain proficiency on so many aircraft types? Lets just use American Airlines as an example. Adding up all those types, then all those positions, galleys, etc. Seems like It could get awkward and confusing. We fly two types of aircraft and sometimes when I'll be flying "the other one" I will have to stop and think about where something is before I go digging for it. I can't imagine what it must be like to go from flying domestic on an MD80 for two years and then finding you have a trip on a 777 next bid.
At AA, some Flight Attendants are not qualified on every aircraft. This is especially true with more senior FAs. Compared to DL, were every FA most be qualified on every aircraft. Being qualified on so many planes is really not a problem at AA, since AA streamlines emergency equipment, and jumpseat positions in the same order, or place on every aircraft.
With such a large number of FAs at one base, you get to know most. Some transfer in, or swap with another base FA, but you get pretty much the same players. You know the ones to avoid, as well as the ones you enjoy working with.
WNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1535 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days ago) and read 3054 times:
At WN we have about 9700 FA's and 8 crew bases. My base has about 1400 FA's and while after many years I feel like I know a lot of people, there's always 2 or 3 per month who I've never met.
As for Aircraft, WN is unique in that our aircraft are all the same with about 99% similarity in interior configuration. Galleys are also 99% identical, there are very small difference in where some things are located or emergency equipment, Exit Rows etc. Otherwise all service is the same on all routes and all aircraft have the same emergency procedures and exit operation.
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
flyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1968 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days ago) and read 3024 times:
I guess it says a lot for human ability to recognize others and store information. At my airline we have only 340 in base, and I know who about 70 percent of them are, and would be able to recall something interesting about each one from past converstation. Without seeing a name tag I want to say I could name around 50 percent of them.
But doesn't AA have some bases with over 5K FA?
Whats WNs largest domicile? PHX?
Obviously every flight attendant group has at least a small "no-fly list" haha.
chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6338 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2710 times:
I've always been curious about F/A's at regional airlines. It seems as if they fly for such long hours and short hops, it looks very tiring. What made you wanna work for a regional airline rather than a mainline operatior?
Not a flight attendant, however, I will chine in. At US we have bases in CLT, DCA, PHL and PHX, I believe the largest crew base is CLT. No difference between International and domestic, any East F/A based in either CLT ot PHL can wotk an International trip from their domicile/base. As long as the have the seniority to bid the flights, some flights go very senior and are very popular with crews (TLV, FCO, VCE, BCN, MAD etc). During the summer in particular when bad weather hits coupled with a multitude of other issues some TATL flights might go with junior reserve crews/ if the scheduled crew times out.
Recently we have closed PIT, LGA and BOS, I dont think LAS had a crew base
I dont know how many F/A's we currently have active.
pualani From United States of America, joined May 2004, 302 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2419 times:
At Hawaiian we have just about 1100....1030 based in Honolulu and 70 based in LAX. The LAX base are qualified on the 76 and 330 while HNL is cross qualified on 76/330/717. The LAX base usually only has one pairing that they fly over and over (so boring otherwise I would think about transferring) but they can fly high hours( 140- 160 mo) so I guess money over happiness. HNL base has a lot more flexiblility. We can fly interisland and worldwide if we like in the same month, but most FAs like to do just one type. Interisland FAs come home ever day so they get to see their family everyday. Worldwide FAs can work west coast turns or 5 day trips to SYD.
Its the same here as far as a having a "no fly list". There is a small list of FAs I would rather not fly with for various reasons but with our bidding system, seniors cannot always avoid flying with a certain junior lazy ass but the junior fa can put the seniority number of the senior they would like to avoid.