CAL From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 499 posts, RR: 8 Posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2883 times:
CONTINENTAL AIRLINES BULLETIN
Re: Emergency minimum staffing for 737 and 757-200 aircraft
Due to the highly unique circumstances generated by Hurricane Rita, Continental Airlines has received permission from the FAA to exercise emergency authority under FAR 119.57 to staff all 737 aircraft with two flight attendants and all 757-200 aircraft with three. This authority applies to flights that depart from and return to IAH, or depart from IAH and flow through an outstation, continuing on to CLE or EWR. While this is not a preferred level of operation, this authority will only be exercised when absolutely necessary. These are extraordinary times and those of you who witnessed the pain and suffering of Hurricane Katrina understand the potential need for this critical evacuation measure.
We will make every effort to locate additional crewmembers to assist where possible. In the event you are working with two flight attendants, flight attendant A will sit on the 1L outboard jumpseat and flight attendant B will sit on the aft-most outboard jumpseat. To complete the safety demonstration, the lead flight attendant will read one section, then demonstrate the appropriate portion with flight attendant B, then read the next section, demonstrate, etc. Extra time to complete the demonstration should be coordinated with the flight deck crew.
Any flight staffed with the amended minimum crew will clearly require a moderated level of service. The Inflight Department will rely on Continental’s professional flight attendants to offer the best service possible with the resources available. In an effort to help our customers understand the situation, we have prepared the following special announcement to be made after takeoff:
“Ladies and gentlemen, due to the unique circumstances created by Hurricane Rita, we will be flying with two (three) flight attendants today. We may not be able to provide our normal level of service. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make every effort to move as many people as possible out of the Houston area. Thank you
[Edited 2005-09-22 22:54:07]
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Flybhx764 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 279 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2680 times:
Continental Airlines Prepares for Hurricane Rita at Its Houston Hub
HOUSTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) is preparing for Hurricane Rita by continuing to evacuate travelers from Houston. The airline is making operational decisions with the highest priority placed on the safety of its customers and employees.
Continental expects to be able to operate only a reduced Houston schedule on Friday morning, and will cease flight operations at Houston at noon. All Continental Airlines flights from Houston on Friday afternoon and Saturday are being cancelled. All Continental Express flights from Houston on Friday and Saturday are being cancelled. Flights are expected to resume Sunday morning. Throughout the weekend, all flights not involving Houston should operate normally. The best way to check the status of a particular flight is to visit continental.com .
"We are committed to the safety of our customers and employees," said Larry Kellner, chairman and CEO. "We are doing our best to evacuate as many people as we can until we are forced to suspend operations at noon tomorrow."
Supplementary Staff Fly to Houston
To augment staffing at the Houston hub, Continental has flown into Houston hundreds of employee volunteers and TSA security screeners from Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and San Antonio. These personnel supplement existing staff at the airport and replace workers who were subject to mandatory evacuation orders. The supplementary staff have been brought to the Houston airport with Continental's commitment to fly them home before the hurricane hits.
Travel Advice: Check in at Continental.com and Carry-on Bags Only
Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport is extremely busy with all flights sold out. Only ticketed passengers should go to the airport. Passengers should bring only carry-on baggage to help expedite check-in and security screening. Passengers should check in at continental.com and print their boarding passes prior to leaving for the airport.
Continental strongly recommends against passengers flying to Houston to make onward connecting flights. Due to the approach of Hurricane Rita, connecting itineraries may not function as scheduled, risking passenger misconnections and possible stranding in Houston. Only passengers who need to travel to Houston itself should board flights destined for Houston.
Weather conditions in Houston are currently permitting safe operations, and so far today Continental has had no cancellations. Continental Express has implemented cancellations in order to lend resources to the Continental Airlines operation at IAH.
Combined Continental Airlines and Continental Express cancellations are expected to total 1,089 on Friday and 828 on Saturday.
Plans are in place to resume service as soon as possible after the hurricane. As was the case with Hurricane Katrina, Continental will be heavily involved in helping the afflicted area get back on its feet.
COfaninBOS From United States of America, joined May 2004, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2576 times:
Not surpirsed by the shortage of workers.
Quite simply, you can't get anywhere in town right now. My two sisters, mom, and niece and nephew tried to drive out of the city at 4 a.m. this morning but turned around after they had traveled about 500 yards in TWO HOURS. Between the traffic and gas shortages, the scene is a nightmare.
They were trying to drive West out of the city, I cannot even imagine what US 59 and I-10 heading North out of the city towards IAH looked like!
They're now going to ride the storm out at home. I pray for their safety and the safety of all along the Gulf Coast.
Travatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2176 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2475 times:
So does this mean that they will also be reducing the number of passengers on board appropriate to the number of flight attendants? I.e.... 100 pax to 2 flight attendans, 150 pax to 3 flight attendants?
Iahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3622 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2368 times:
Quoting Travatl (Reply 7): So does this mean that they will also be reducing the number of passengers on board appropriate to the number of flight attendants?
Aircraft can depart with full load and two FAs .. As one of my flights did a couple hours ago... Never heard of such a thing before either ..
But given how short staffed we are today both I and, I'm sure, many passengers, are happy about it.