Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2622 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5921 times:
Depends on where the crew are;
If they have operated to a region where the airline doesn't have many other flights they'll get a week long trip. Positioning the whole crew to pick up a flight from another airport generally isn't practical in these situations.
If they're somewhere like the Caribbean, the airline will generally have a flight every day, but often out of different islands. In these situations the crew will tend to position to another island the day after arrival, take 2-3 days rest, and operate home from there.
Crew routes are part of the basic planning that go into any new service...
Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5730 times:
Had countless 3, 4 and 7 night layovers in Florida / Caribbean in my days with Brits... good per diem allowances as well! 9 hour duty out, 7 days beach dwelling and drinking with great crews, 9 hour duty home.
Life was great then
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
TT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5686 times:
I guess it all depends on the carrier.
I am a UAL furloughee. I am a "new hire" for a cargo airline that is based out of IAD, and the company pays to commercial me from my home (southern WI) to pick up a trip--could be anywhere in the world. Basic schedule is 18 on 12 off (days, that is).
Recent example. I flew commercial from Milwaukee to Fairbanks, Alaska. Overnighted in Fairbanks. Picked up an extra trip that went from Fairbanks (Eilson), Elemendorf, to Mountain Home--plane (DC-10F)had come from a Japan rotation (Kadena-Yokota-Eilson). We met the off-coming crew at the Captain Bartlett Inn--they were going to commercial to HNL the next day for another Pacific rotation.
Got 9 hours rest in Mountain Home. We then flew the plane empty to IAD for a check. Trip ended and I commercialed home again waiting for next phone call.
In our case, company does not want idle aircraft or crews. Time is money.
On international flights, company pays for business class. Domestic, it is a different story. In my example above, it was all UAL Economy Plus--didn't have enough miles to make it up front--LOL!
Philsquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5201 times:
At SQ we generally take the layover. For instance, we have cargo flights to Dublin twice a week. So you arrive on a Sat and leave on Wed or arrive on Wed and leave Sat. Meal allowance is good so, it's a nice break.