The European airlines operated various types of FA
rosters in the 1970s and 1980s.
crew were checked out on different aircraft types. In some airlines FAs operated either just short-haul aircraft or just long-haul aircraft. Other airlines mixed their FA
fleets to gain flexibility. Examples are:
licensed Aircraft types:
European/Domestic Flights - work days versus time off:
- 3 days work / 1 day off
- 5 days work / 2 days off
- 6 days work / 3 days off
- 7 days work / 4 days off
For most European airlines aircrew operated route patterns as follows;
- BASE - XXX - BASE = single flight
- BASE - XXX - BASE - YYY
- BASE = double flight 2 destinations
- BASE - XXX - BASE - XXX - BASE = double flight 1 destination
- BASE - XXX nightstop - BASE = night stop
For airlines with multiple Bases like LH
) and SR
) it was possible to fly:
- BASE - XXX - BASE 2 (night stop) - YYY
- HHH - BASE 2 (night stop) - ZZZ - BASE = multiple day pattern with overnights.
For long-haul flights the crew system was generally more straightforward, though trips could last up to 3 weeks to distant stations:
BASE - CCC
- BBB - YYY
(2 day stop) - DDD - JJJ - PPP (3 day stop) - KKK - UUU - SSS (3 day stop) - UUU - KKK - PPP (3 day stop) - JJJ - DDD - YYY
(2 day stop) - BBB - CCC
- BASE (5 days off)
Sometimes European Air crew were based overseas for a period of time, as the airline could not efficiently crew flights over low frequency routes. Air crew would work their way to say Rio de Janeiro to be based there for a length of time. This GIG
based air crew would shuttle flights beyond Rio:
(3 day stop)
(2 day stop).
This regular week pattern could be operated for periods of up to three months.
Many European airlines had overseas operations lnked to their foler colonies:
operated to/from French territories and based staff abroad for periods of time
operated to/from British territories and had crews based abroad at times
KLM's FAs operated:
- (night stop)
Many of these odd long-haul FA
patterns have disappeared with the liberalisation of air transport.
Today most FAs operate:
- BASE - XXX - BASE with either 24 or 48 hours at XXX depending on flight time and contracts.