Thanks for that
I didn't realise that the 747 on the Kangaroo Route went back such a long way, 40 years!
|Quoting anstar (Reply 18):|
Well SYD is moving to mixed fleet - so that problem is solved.
September 30 IIRC.
I for one won't be flying that route after that, but clearly I won't see eye-to-eye with Skipness on that.
The only MF
flight I take is Manchester, and that's because BA
were the only option. Other routes (especially longhaul) I will exercise my right to fly the competition.
I'm not sure you understand how WW
works, crew don't bid routes like, say, the US carriers. Whereas at AA
the "desirable" routes go to the senior mammas, WW
crew only get (I think) 1 bid per 6 months, and even then your request isn't guaranteed.
crew are mixed up together, and you're statistically just as likely to find an all "junior" (30s) crew to HK as you are to find an all senior crew to FNA
In the 21st Century? Really?
|Quoting tonystan (Reply 30):|
I want professionals with experience looking after my safety, not some dim wit totty who can barely keep her eyes open because she's so bloody exhausted from not only working the most horrific duties but also being out partying on minimum rest layovers.
That isn't the issue with Mixed Fleet crew.
had separate crew for short haul (32S and 767) and long haul (767, 777, 747) who are (admittedly) on pretty generous contracts compared to their competitors. These two groups are referred to as "Eurofleet" and "Worldwide".
After the strikes, BA
created an all new category ("Mixed Fleet") who operate both short and long haul. The major gripes about this work group isn't the fact that it flies both types of route (as you say, that is common among foreign carriers) but rather:
(1) they are employed on substantially inferior contracts, with worse pay and conditions
(2) they fly some pretty horrendous duties, with less slip time that their legacy colleagues
(3) they are generally younger, and therefore (for want of a better word) more immature
(4) there have been several complaints to the airline about MF
crews' behaviour during layovers, most notably NBO
. At NBO
the hotel that BA
use threaten to terminate their contract due to crew antics.
[Edited 2013-03-31 04:40:01]