UAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 1164 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2439 times:
I was on EK flight 216 from LAX to DXB, i knew that the flight got double crew compared to a short-haul flights.
Which Airline was the first to apply such system and when, what are the rules that make the airline to put double crew, how many hours is required for it ?
MAN2SIN2BKK From Germany, joined Feb 2009, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2406 times:
Prior to moving to Asia in 97 I used to fly regularly with KLM on SIN/SEL/BKK/HKG to AMS and regularly the Captain would inform the passengers that due to the length of the flight there was a relief crew and not to be surprised to see any of them in the cabin during the flight.
A340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4106 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2094 times:
At my previous airline, certain routes carried "heavy" pilots who enabled the flying pilots to get proper rest. An extra flight crew member was added over certain flight length and then the longer routes such as LON-Asia had 2 extra pilots, normally another Captain and First Officer so there would be two sets. The same pilots who did the takeoff would also do the landing, hence the name "heavy" for the other two.
Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!