Artsyman, I quite concur with your above posting. I do not dispute anything your wrote there. However, it is applicable to a carrier such as
CO or perhaps DL and UA, per se. Again, it is all subjective. And please bear in mind that as your carrier is sked, my former one was an international
charter carrier. Apples and Oranges!
WARNING: I may be rambling here with what is written below!!
To a degree, however, this same "structure" existed at my own former carrier.
Language blocks offered, on average, a 2% increase to the MMG. WG FA language qualified FA's found themselves "locked in" with their respective language block, alas, many tried to disqualify themselves as a language-qualified FA, as it affected their monthly flying hours. An Anglo FA would hold U.K. blocks calculating at approx 87-90 hours per month, whereas, for example, a Dutch qualified WG FA would clock in at approx 72-80 hours per month.
Also, per diem rates at WG varied from destination to destination. U.K. destinations offered CAD$3.75 per hour away from home base, while
FRA/AMS/CDG offered CAD$4.10 per hour away from home base. In short,
an FA with 1-4 years seniority would rarely be awarded a Euro-continent
pairing in their block. It took me 3 1/2 years to hold my first AMS/FRA
Reserve FA blocks were held by those FA's whose seniority fell into the
last 25 on the list. And after that, the next "plateau" had FA's holding
only domestic turns or Caribbean overnighters (turns). As well, this
plateau would hold YYZ-LGW/PIK/GLA/SNN 12 hour minimum crew rest pairings.
After that, the next plateau would be U.K. 24-48 hour pairings; then
U.K - YVR/YYC 48-72 hour pairings.
Then we move on to Anglo FA pairings for 4-6 years seniority, who would
wither hold U.K. 24/48/72/96 hour pairings, plus 24/48 continental Euro and/or
Hawaii pairings. After that, we saw FA's with approx 5-7 years seniority holding their choice of: domestic turns; 24/48/72/96 U.K. OR 48/72 continental Euro or 48/72 Hawaii pairings.
After that, the sky was the limit! These FA's could, and did, hold 48/72
Western Canada-Mexico pairings, as well as the 48/72hr South America pairings. The only exception was Cont-Euro routes, where they were restricted (as Anglos) as these flight s carried a minimum of 4-5 language qualified cabin crew per flight (FRA/AMS/CPH/CDG/DUS, etc.).
THEN, there were the Portuguese FA's, who were in a world of their own!
They were more or less "locked in" to LIS/OPO/TER both summer and winter (the junior "Porkchop" FA's, that is). Intermediate and senior Portuguese FA's had limited access to full length cont Euro layovers, full
access to U.K. pairings (all lengths), of course, South America, and Hawaii.
I was fortunate to, by 1989, hold 48/72 Euro; any U.K. pairing; domestic turns; 24 hr Hawaii; TWO S. America pairings; and, surprisingly, tons of fun-filled LIS/OPO/TER pairings. I could write a steamy book about the Portuguese pairings alone! LOL. By late '89/90, my blocks were excellent, as in reality they were for 3 of the 5 years.
LOL.....err, I am rambling here now!
I can just imagine people reading this,
and stating to themselves..."What the........!!" Sorry!!