|Quoting Davescj (Thread starter):|
I would have thought that the entire flight crew would be trained (for lack of a better word) to work the company's style service in all cabins.
, our service training is conducted during initial-training, and any other service training or service changes are communicated through FYI, and service bullitins. We're trained to work all areas on the aircraft
|Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 1):|
We do not opt for positions at check-in, which some airlines do (and in seniority order), but we do when we bid for the following month's schedule. Lines of flying and the positions worked on that line are all allocated by seniority. Some like the galley, some like the aisle positions, some like Business/First, some like economy, etc..
We bid for crew positions during the preflight brief on the aircraft or for int'l, at crew check-in. It's done in seniority order. No position is predetermined with the exception of the purser.
Domestically, we bid on the aircraft at the beginning of the trip, while the captain gives his brief. In seniority order you can either take the lead position or defer it down to junior FA
on the common crew unless he/she is on probation, for which the most junior non-probationary FA
must take it.
Internationally, we bid in the briefing rooms at in-flight services whre the purser starts the bidding process once everyone is present. The bidding is supervised by an Inflight Mgr. The Main Cabin Coordinator(or MCC
) is bid upon in seniority order as well, and sometime gets deferred down to the junior person. We all know the service for the most part, so it's not really an issue. If someone doesn't know the service, then we usually take pity and someone familiar with it takes it. There's no extra money. On our interport flights(South of Tokyo), the MCC
position is called the Main Cabin Lead or MCL, and that is also predetermined to allow one position for Pacific Division FA
to have some sort of authority position. They are paid extra for it, as it is their equivalent to the purser, which is always US-based except under extreme operational circumstances that my include the absence of a US-based FA
. Contractually, a US based FA
(a purser) must be assigned unless that US based FA