|Quoting ZOTAN (Reply 1):|
They are payed from the moment the cabin door shuts to the moment the door opens. They are not payed for the hours sitting around in airports, time spend away from home etc.
Actually at lots of airlines, its blocks to blocks. In other words from push back to arrival at the gate. Or parking brake release, to parking brake set.
Doors being closed awaiting pushback, or arriving at the gate and finding no gate agent to meet and operate the jetway is not paid for at some airlines.
Hence, ever wonder why some of the cockpit crew are the first off ones off and airplane?
Some airlines, however due provide for 15mins of debrief pay per flight.
Lastly, duty time, and flight time pay are different. While sitting around away from base at the hotel on reserve, between operating flights at the terminal, or deadheading around the world in First class certainly is not eligible for flight pay, however can fall under various duty pay, and perdiem scenarios.
In general perdiem is paid for every minute/hour away from your base city.
For instance, I know lots of pilots, whom might get 65 hours flight credit in a month, while racking up 100+ hours in duty pay easy.
Like everything in aviation, crew pay can be quite complicated and comes down to each airlines. For instance some credit, non flight time duty pay at only 50% of the flight time pay rate.