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Air India Crews In New York

Sat Jan 11, 2003 12:51 pm

Today's New York Post had a small advertisement from Air India seeking crew accommodations in Manhattan. AI is seeking a two-year contract with a "first class" Manhattan hotel to provide rooms for cabin crew members overnighting in New York. Among other things, AI is asking for 57 rooms. What I can't quite figure out is why they need so many rooms, considering there's just one daily flight to JFK. Any ideas?
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RE: Air India Crews In New York

Sat Jan 11, 2003 12:54 pm

They recently launched thrice weekly flights from EWR-Mumbai via Paris, 747-400.
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RE: Air India Crews In New York

Sat Jan 11, 2003 1:44 pm

AI has 3 crews in NYC at any given time. JFK ops have 48 hr layovers and EWR ops have 48/72 hr layovers.

3 sets x 19 crew (average) = 57 rooms

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RE: Air India Crews In New York

Sat Jan 11, 2003 1:50 pm

Don't the same crews all stop in Europe as well? Or do they continue to India? Seems to me that if the same crews also rest in Europe, their 48hour layovers in NYC could be reduced.

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RE: Air India Crews In New York

Sat Jan 11, 2003 2:00 pm

Yes, crew stop in Europe as well for an additional 48 hours each way.

The layovers cannot be effectively reduced due to DGCA regulations that require a minimum of 24 hours rest for crew operating >8 hrs in a day. In the event of a delayed flight, the subsequent day's operation would also be affected creating a spiral effect down the line. It is more efficient to adopt a 48 hr layover pattern as a result.

The normal pattern to JFK is India-LHR/48h/LHR-JFK/48h/JFK-LHR/48h/LHR-India. EWR and ORD follow similar patterns.

There are some exceptions including the notorious "double shuttle" that runs BOM-DEL/18h/DEL-LHR/72h/LHR-ORD/48h/ORD-LHR/48h/LHR-JFK/48h/JFK-LHR/48h/LHR-DEL/48h/DEL-BOM that runs 16 days away from base.
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