PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4 Posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4359 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?
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4310 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.