We get our schedules by seniority. People put in trip requests into a "Preferential Bidding System" or PBS each month, for the next months trips. People can request specific lines (a series of flights), trips last a certain number of days, international/domestic only, no international/domestic, or both, layovers in certain cities, days off, etc.
The PBS system then grants peoples requests as best it can from the top of the seniority list on down. At a big airline like American, I am guessing that the flights you take may be staffed by different bases each month as the lines are built (DFW
one month, ORD
the next, etc.)
At a small airline like Hawaiian you are likely to see the same F/As on the same flights because, for instance, the people who do interisland in the morning do it all the time, and get to know the "regulars."
As far as more senior F/As go, they all have their own niches....at HA
, some do turns (PPT, PPG
), some like SEA
because they have longer block times, some like to do hub-turns (back to back mainland flights), some like the interisland reserve desk (sit and wait for someone to not show up for an interisland flight) because they dont want to fly, some like SYD
because its like a paid vacation.
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