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Air India Crews In New York  
User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5632 posts, RR: 5
Posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3499 times:

Today's New York Post had a small advertisement from Air India seeking crew accommodations in Manhattan. AI is seeking a two-year contract with a "first class" Manhattan hotel to provide rooms for cabin crew members overnighting in New York. Among other things, AI is asking for 57 rooms. What I can't quite figure out is why they need so many rooms, considering there's just one daily flight to JFK. Any ideas?


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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3489 times:

They recently launched thrice weekly flights from EWR-Mumbai via Paris, 747-400.



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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3468 times:

AI has 3 crews in NYC at any given time. JFK ops have 48 hr layovers and EWR ops have 48/72 hr layovers.

3 sets x 19 crew (average) = 57 rooms



User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16245 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3452 times:

Don't the same crews all stop in Europe as well? Or do they continue to India? Seems to me that if the same crews also rest in Europe, their 48hour layovers in NYC could be reduced.




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

Yes, crew stop in Europe as well for an additional 48 hours each way.

The layovers cannot be effectively reduced due to DGCA regulations that require a minimum of 24 hours rest for crew operating >8 hrs in a day. In the event of a delayed flight, the subsequent day's operation would also be affected creating a spiral effect down the line. It is more efficient to adopt a 48 hr layover pattern as a result.

The normal pattern to JFK is India-LHR/48h/LHR-JFK/48h/JFK-LHR/48h/LHR-India. EWR and ORD follow similar patterns.

There are some exceptions including the notorious "double shuttle" that runs BOM-DEL/18h/DEL-LHR/72h/LHR-ORD/48h/ORD-LHR/48h/LHR-JFK/48h/JFK-LHR/48h/LHR-DEL/48h/DEL-BOM that runs 16 days away from base.


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