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Why Do Some Airlines Put 2 FA's On 50 Seat RJ's?  
User currently offlineChautauquaFA From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 111 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4290 times:

I was once talking to an Air Canada FA who mentioned that on some CRJ flights the company will staff the jet with 2 FA's. I know that some European airlines that operate the ERJ-145 and the CRJ will staff their aircraft with two Flight Attendants. Are the rules different in some countries where they are required to have 2 FA's on board. In the US it's one FA for 50 seats. If anyone could shed some light I would appreciate it.


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User currently offlineMeechy36 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4263 times:

I know on the European airlines the level of service on an RJ is much higher than in the US. I read a trip report in some magazine that they did a beverage service followed by a meal with wine, another beverage service, duty free and finally a chocolate service, all on a 75 minute flight. Can you imagine that here.
I bet that Air Canada's service level must be higher than US carriers.

I read that Eagle is going to serve snacks on the BOS-LGA-DCA shuttle, does anyone know if this is a bistro type snack?


User currently offlineSAS-A321 From Denmark, joined Mar 2002, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4236 times:

One to serve the passenger and one to serve the pilots  Big grin

It's Scandinavian
User currently offlineGroobster From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4226 times:


That happened to me on Swiss, I few on a 90 minute flight from Basel to Manchester and had a full meal with beer (or wine or champagne), followed by a selection of chocolates!

Excellent service.

Even on the 40 minute flight from Munich to Basel they served a light snack and I still got offered Beer, Wine or Champagne.

Oh and they had two FAs on the ERJ145

Next flights: MAN-YYZ-YYC-YVR-MAN
User currently offlineJj From Algeria, joined Jun 2001, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4215 times:

All the airlines I've flown with CRJ's had 2 FA's:

-Southern Winds
-Rio Sul
-Air Canada

It's the first time I hear that they fly with 1 FA too....

User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 707 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4191 times:

In Australia Kendell Airlines operated CRJ-200s with 2 FAs. QantasLink/Eastern operate Dh8-300s with 2 FAs (99% of the time) and Skywest operate 46 seat Fokker 50s with 2 FAs. In Australia the rule is 1 FA to 36 pax. Some of teh above aircraft may only operate with 1 FA if there is less than 36 pax and the company has been endorsed to operate such an aircraft with 1 FA.

User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4128 times:

In Canada you need more than 1 FA for every 50 passengers. Not sure of the ratio though. In Europe the rules as well are different.

User currently offlineCorsairf/a From France, joined Oct 2000, 373 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4066 times:

The rule in Europe is one FA for 50 Pax. The 2nd FA is there because of the service on board need 2 FAs.
I got a friend flying for Brit Air and there is only 1 FA even if there is a full meal service (ei Lyon to Munich flying time 50mn), He have to be very organized to perform it and he does it.

User currently offlineMighluss From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4062 times:

I flought in a Air Nostrum CRJ with 2 FA's. By the way, I found service better than Iberia A320's.

User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4065 times:

I fleew a ERJ 135 and 145 with Continental back in JANUARY (LGA-CLE-LGA).
The service offered no food, just drinks. One FA.

User currently offlineAirblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1828 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4059 times:

LH, OS and NG use two FA's on CRJ cause they also offer business class. I think this is the reason to have two FA's onboard.

User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4057 times:

On Air France (Operated by Britair) CRJ100s I've flown a lot of times this year, just one FA.

Only once did we have two, but it seemed to me one was in training - and no jumpseat for her.


User currently offlineLBA From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 4031 times:

I've flown on BA regional J41 (29 seats) with both 1 and two FAs!

User currently offlineFFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4019 times:

The reason is that in Europe even RJ's fly on international trunk routes, not only in feeder traffic. In the U.S. it's only feeder traffic to hubs. However, these planes were never meant for mainline use and therefore the meal service might be a pain for the FA's.

User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3980 times:


I have to say that most of you guys where extremely lucky to have 2 F/A's in a RJ! Last summer I flew from STL to PHL with USAir Express ( actually Chautauqua Airlines ) ERJ145 reg: N285SK with ONE F/A..... I must tell that the lady encharged for that flight had a great and loveble attitude, the flight was full and she had to serve all of us with a light meal during 2 hours and some minutes, I think that was too much for her but she handled very well! I think that's not too good specially because I did before that a flight from YYZ to CLT in a USAir 737-400 with at least 5 F/A's and the only thing we got was a cup of coke and some peanuts, and the flight was shorter than this one!!!
Think about this!!!

User currently offlineCL215T From Canada, joined Sep 2002, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3942 times:

If it has not changed, the ratio of FA/pax in Canada is 1 per 40 with a minimum crew depending on aircplane type.

If I am not mistaking, the minimum crew on the CRJ is 1 and Transport Canada has accepted a ratio of 1 per 50 on that airplane. (I could be wrong)

I have flown many time the Air Canada CRJ (EWR-YUL, PHL-YUL). Depending on the load, there was one or two FA's. On those flights, unlike US Airways  Big grin for instance, Air Canada  Smile serves a light lunch (or breakfast) with a full bar service.


yul see, ymx will rule
User currently offlinePhatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1446 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3930 times:

As a "one-in-a-million" chance here in the U.S., you just might get two F.A.'s aboard a regional jet. During my first time flying a regional jet on COEX from IAH to DAL, there were two F.A.'s, one the main F.A. and the other a training F.A. You can refer to my trip report if you wish.

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3915 times:

I flew on a british Airways flight on an ERJ and there was a pretty good meal service and two f/a's (one on the front of the trolley, one on the back).


Dan  Smile

User currently offlineRick From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3914 times:

All of the United Express flights on their CRJ's only have had 1 FA, although the service was excellent. The FA always asked people if they wanted refills on sodas or extra snacks.

User currently offlineIAHERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 677 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3908 times:

Continental Express offers meal service on the ERJ-145's. Currently only cold meals due to the lack of a hot galley but we do brew our own coffee on board on most of the planes equipped with the real coffee makers.

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