macmac76
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Positioning Crew?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 1:26 pm

I've heard of the term "Positioning Crew"...can somebody explain to me exactly what this means? Thanks to any reply!
 
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RE: Positioning Crew?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:22 pm

It's when a crew is on the aircraft as passengers. They are either going to a flight at another station or returning from a flight and going back to base or another location. It is also referred to as "deadheading".
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RE: Positioning Crew?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:12 pm

If a Crew is travelling on a Commercial jet as Pax to be positioned at a particular place to operate an Aircraft as Flight crew.
That crew is a Positioning Crew.
Its common out here,when our crew FDTL is exceeded, & we want to save time,another set of crew is positioned to operate the same Aircraft Asap.

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RE: Positioning Crew?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 10:57 pm

Thanks to both responses...Does this include a whole set of crew, meaning, a flight deck crew and cabin crew? Say, they're deadheading to a location to operate a 747-400, does that mean there will be roughly 20 of them riding as passengers? That means occupying 20 seats in an airplane right? If so, wow, that's some revenue they're sacrificing.

Philippine Airlines has a weekly A340-300 flight on the MNL-SFO run in addition to their daily 744 run. So I guess a positioning crew will fly in the 744 as passengers to SFO from MNL to operate the weekly A343 return flight to MNL?
 
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RE: Positioning Crew?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 11:17 pm

It really depends. Sometimes the term could include the entire crew. Other times just the tech crew and even at times, just the cabin crew.

There is a trade off on revenue vs. expense. Sometime it's cheaper to just position the crew rather than pay hotels and meal expense.

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RE: Positioning Crew?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 1:20 am

FDTL is applicable to Flying crew only [Cockpit crew],not to Cabin crew.At least out here since We are Cargo,it does not apply to us.
As Philsquares said its cheaper than accomodating Pax in Hotels.
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