bx737 From Ireland, joined Sep 2001, 641 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2184 times:
The rules are governed by both seats and doors. I would suspect that you were on an A321, if that is the case then you have to have 5 cabin crew if the load is over 200. The aircraft can fly back with 4 crew in exceptional circumstances, e.g. Crew being sick, but the load has to be 200 or less, it is 150 for a three crew operation with an A320. Regarding the A321 you need to have one crew member per set of doors. I hope this helps
Daleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 15 Reply 7, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1766 times:
1:50 in the UK I believe. Had it before where we boarded 200 passengers but had to wait for the last crew member to arrive before we could put the remaining passengers on. Standard Monarch crew is 2/5 for a 214Y Config.
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CONTACREW From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 267 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1432 times:
In the US, it's 1 FA for every 50 seats. However that doesn't include variable staffing levels on different carriers. For example on the sCO side of UA a 737-900 minimum staffing is 4, however if the load is over 100 and there is a meal service in Y (i.e. breakfast sandwich or cheeseburger) then a 5th FA is added to the trip.
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1:40 in Canada, for aircraft with 20 seats or more. 19 seats and under no f/a is required. Also there are minimums based on doors, for example a 737 being operated in Canada would be 1 f/a per 40 pax, but with a minimum of 2 f/as due to the exit layout.
Also there are some exceptions out there to go slightly above the standard 1:40 on specific aircraft, such as Jazz operating their 50 seat Dash-8s and CRJs with one f/a.