KLMCedric From Belgium, joined Dec 2003, 812 posts, RR: 21 Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3155 times:
The system of flight banks that ensures smooth connections is set to change effective summer 2006. To facilitate the projected future growth to 600,000 flight movements at Schiphol, KL will have to plan an optimum spread of flights across the day. During peak hours, gate and baggage handling capacity is currently being fully used. To accommodate the desired growth, KL will therefore be adding a new bank around noon. The eventual aim is to prevent peak-hour operational load from getting any higher than it already is. Adjustment of the bank system is a highly complex process that has an impact on almost all business units. Schedules will change for around 85% of current flights, most of which are minor time changes.
And off topic: KL 2nd 763ER ,PH-BZB has just been retired from the fleet and given back to ILFC.It's now leased to Italian airline Neos Air. PH-BZE is also
set to leave KLM for Neos Air in March 2006.
Lamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2684 times:
Well, I personally hope that this means ground staff will be allowed to work 8 hours in a row instead of 6 only.The excuse for keeping us at a 75% salary was always that 'the peaks are not realistically planned for 8 hours, you'll have too much time doing nothing', which wasn't true because there are always delays and back-ups of passengers at transfer desks and so on. But now this is one more argument that management will NOT have!
GlobeTrekker From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 851 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2489 times:
Quoting Lamedianaranja (Reply 1): Well, I personally hope that this means ground staff will be allowed to work 8 hours in a row instead of 6 only.The excuse for keeping us at a 75% salary was always that 'the peaks are not realistically planned for 8 hours, you'll have too much time doing nothing', which wasn't true because there are always delays and back-ups of passengers at transfer desks and so on. But now this is one more argument that management will NOT have!
Really Lamedianaranja? You guys are not allowed to work more than 6 hours in a row? I never knew this. Quite odd for a homebase.
Working at an out-station I know that you adjust your work hours to the flights.
When I worked the UIO-GYE and LIM flights the shift were split in two; 12.00-16.00 and 00.00-04.00. If they were delays and you needed to work overtime we called in relief staff. This shift was done for a week. The next week you had a normal 8 hour shift doing the AUA/CUR/AMS or the AMS/SXM/AUA/AMS flights.
Bot now that DL and CO is also done by KLM staff and dedicated KLM staff you can work a full day handling multiple airlines.
So no one from SPL/PH works more than 6 hours?
Anyway, let me get back to my holiday.
Greetz from Shanghai!
Globe Trekker / PVG
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A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10348 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2233 times:
Interesting indeed about the 6 hour shifts, didn't know that either. A bit off-topic but can we see KL operate the 777 or maybe even the 332 to CUR during low-season or do the loads to CUR always require the 744 yearround? Just a question.
This policy came into effect somewhere around 2000. Anybody employed after that time could work only 4 or 6 hour shifts. If an employee is already working 8 hour shifts, that cannot be changed. But you cannot change to more hours, only to less.
To my regret I started out by working 4 hour shifts as I was completing a degree but was able to change it to 6 hrs in time, but the way it looks never again to 8.
No wonder we loose a lot of colleagues who prefer to switch to F/A or Ramp Officer.