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User currently offlineBMED From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 860 posts, RR: 6
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2018 times:

Having read a number of trip reports I have noticed a large number of US airline cabin crew seem to fly from their home to work. I have also read that there are large amount of Virgin Atlantic staff that fly MAN to LHR/LGW. On airline application forms it says that you must live an hour from your base airport and have own transport. How come some crew can fly to their base airport and work. Many thanks for any feedback.


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User currently offlineCardiffairtaxi From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

Quoting BMED (Thread starter):
I have also read that there are large amount of Virgin Atlantic staff that fly MAN to LHR/LGW. On airline application forms it says that you must live an hour from your base airport and have own transport. How come some crew can fly to their base airport and work. Many thanks for any feedback.

I think you will find that because Virgin only operate long haul,their cabin crew know exactly when they are flying.
They will always be on night stops during their shift pattern,and maybe have to re-locate to a hotel near LHR/LGW if they are on stand by.


User currently offlineLetsgetwet From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1968 times:

With most US airlines, you are classified a "Reserve" for several years before you get to "Hold a line". As a reserve you have to be ready to fly when you are on Call. Thus it is preferrable that you live close to your base.

User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3442 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1957 times:

In the US commuters have become much more common as airlines furlough and close bases, forceing established employees to change bases or seek employment in a new city.

At any airline, regardless of stage leagnth, there are a certain number of reserves available to cover sick calls, unassigned flying, and ferry flights. Depending on the type of reserve they may be sitting at an airport crewroom ready to go or at home with 24 hours to get to the airport.

Anyone can commute, even if on reserve. Commuters maintain a residence where they actauly live, and then get a hotel or most commonly share a "crashpad" with other commuters stay.



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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5527 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1716 times:

Quoting Letsgetwet (Reply 2):
With most US airlines, you are classified a "Reserve" for several years before you get to "Hold a line". As a reserve you have to be ready to fly when you are on Call. Thus it is preferrable that you live close to your base.

Exactly. If you live in RDU and get quick called (being told by scheduling you have to be at the gate in two hours), your chance of getting to work in time is slim. Once you get to hold a line of scheduled flying, you can live wherever you want. As long as you show up to work on time, you can live wherever you want.

One side note, as a commuter, we do not get preferential boarding priority. We do not travel positive space. It is all space available. If there are no seats...stiff bikkies...call in sick, make other arrangements to get to work or bite the bullet and get a "miss trip".

I have tickets on NW, F9, HP/US and WN just in case. B6 is also a back up. I commute form PHX to EWR.



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User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

Or if you have a commuter clause in your contract it helps as it is a no harm no foul issue. I have only used the clause once. On Reserve however you are required to be in base to be able to pick up a trip. Also we only have an hour and a half callout to get to the airport.



Sean



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User currently offlineAlanUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

Commuting is also very popular for British Airways crew. Barcelona and Nice are the two most popular commuting cities, with around 1,000 crew living in these two cities alone and taking a flight to get to work. Commuting also has taxation benefits for crew living abroad but working in the UK. Also popular commuting cities for worldwide crew at BA are Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow, Paris, Madrid and Rome.

They get around the 2h time limit for work by having a set rostering system, giving you up to 2 months of work ahead. The only exception, as mentioned by other users, is standby, but BA provides free hotel accommodation on some type of standbys anyway.

Regards
Alan.


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