QantasHeavy From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 379 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3530 times:
How do the airlines handle having the appropriate flight crew at "the other end" (to take the plane back home) when there is a substitution. For example, when KE subs a 747-400 from SEL to ATL, rather than the regularly scheduled 777, where do they get the crew in ATL to bring it back that day?
ZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7144 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3488 times:
If the change is planned and anticipated, I think that some airlines will send crew over a day or so before. In your case a 744 crew may head over on a 777 flight as PAX and have a layover in ATL. They will then take the 744 home while the incoming crew may have a layover and jump on the next 777 flight home.
Another option is if pilots fly more than one type for an airline (in this case the 744 and 777)
Flykal From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3266 times:
There is no ferry flight in this situation, quite simply the B744 crew "deadhead" to ATL one or two days before on the B777 (1st/Biz class of course), then have their required rest time and are ready to fly the departure flight when the first B744 aircraft arrives. Simple!
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Bwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 698 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3128 times:
Certainly with UK airlines, the positioning is counted as duty time, so the crew would have to have a rest period after deadheading. Very crude rule of thumb is 12 hours rest (can be reduced to 11) or the length of the previous duty, which ever is longer. Also there are additional rest requirements if there are significant time differences between the crew's home base and destination.