HI NWA crew-folk out there!
I was on a hotel shuttle yesterday at SFO with a very nice NW Capt and FO. They were on my ride from the airport the night before and then 11.5 short hours later were on the same bus going back to the airport.
We chatted about where we were all flying to and they said they were going to have a "long day" going to Narita and I laughed at them saying that it wasn't that long after you take a break.
They said they don't get crew rest accomodations on their 11 hour SFO-NRT trips! I couldn't believe it! Do Flight Attendants get rest breaks on that trip on the DC-10? That really sounds like a safety hazard!
I was shocked! At UA the pilots even get breaks on short East Coast to Europe flights, nevermind anything trans pacific (excluding Hawaii).
Any crew out there want to fill me in? Do the FA's get breaks?