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User currently offlineJOliver From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 140 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1695 times:

Speaking to a UA F/A today, I learned that the company has been flying troop transport flights since March.
Further, that F/A crews working the flights have typically been those with 35 yrs of seniority or more.
I know jr. F/As who would have liked to have flown those flights but interest was high with experienced F/As
Clear and war-free skies to all, --JaO "United" since
1959

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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1694 times:

Yep, they have been. I've been watching the flights out into Colorado Springs lately, seen up to 3 daily United 747s along with 767s and 777s. This all along with numerous other widebodies from other airlines.

User currently offlineBH From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1680 times:

we have had a couple of good 747 flights out of BWI also

User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

I sure don't see those CRAF trips being "senior" by any means, especially through SFO--international lines are now extremely hard to hold, considering flight attendants of 32 and 30 years seniority were numbers 5 and 6, respectively, of 10 flight attendants on the "horrible" OGG turn...

F L Y 7 7 7 U A L


User currently offlinePecoua From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1494 times:

In response to FLY777UAL,

The CRAF trips are really senior now...the junior kids were getting them in Jan and Feb, but in March, they began utilizing a pure seniority list, so now they start at the top and work their way down. The CRAF trips will be flown by very very senior flight attendants for a while...it probably won't hit the junior seniorities at all.


User currently offlinePmcdonald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1488 times:

Just curious-What is the major attraction for a f/a to work CRAF trips?

User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1057 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

Pardon my stupidity on the F/A language, but what is a CRAF trip?

Dinker



Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
User currently offlineN951U From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

CRAF is short for Civil Reserve Air Fleet I believe.

Basically the military holds civil aircraft in reserve for mobilization in troop/equipment transport during military movements.


User currently offlineQB737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1477 times:

(Just curious-What is the major attraction for a f/a to work CRAF trips?)

The militaries are probably nicer to them then the regular passengers.  Nuts



User currently offlinePecoua From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

The attraction is money...it is at international payrates and long layovers plus either a deadhead or a ferry back to the states...they are easier to work than reg flights. The military is awesome to wait on.

User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1057 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1465 times:

Thanks for the info on CRAF. How would they go about seating the troops on these flights. On the 747 or any other international aircraft with coach, business and first class seating, who gets to sit where? Is it just go all the way to the back and the last ones on board get the better seats or do the commanders get the firs class seats? Thanks for the info

Dinker



Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
User currently offlineN951U From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1461 times:

Typically officers get the premium seats.

User currently offlineEGPX From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2002, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1455 times:

The aircraft usually use the callsign 'Reach', the same as normal USAF transport aircraft. The aircraft type (B744 and B777) gives them away.

American have been transporting troops on their B777's as well though they seem to use the 'American' callsign.

You can bet your bottom dollar that the officers get the premium seats!


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