mauiman31
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FA Cabin/duty Assigments During Flight

Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:44 pm

Just curious. . .What is the current procedure (primarily fly AA, DL) for determining this? I know that FA's bid for their trips for the month based on senority. So, when the crews meet for specific flights, how is it determined who works F or J or economy? On long haul -- who works the galley only? Does the no. 1 on each crew make that call? Is the no.1 always Purser on long haul domestic/international? Does it vary or do they have that assigment for the whole month of trips? Thanks!
 
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RE: FA Cabin/duty Assigments During Flight

Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:08 pm

Quoting mauiman31 (Thread starter):
What is the current procedure (primarily fly AA, DL) for determining this? I know that FA's bid for their trips for the month based on senority. So, when the crews meet for specific flights, how is it determined who works F or J or economy?

At DL, when the crew meets for their briefing at the beginning of the trip, a sign-up sheet (specific to aircraft type) is passed around and the crew signs up for their onboard positions in seniority order.

Each sign-up line on the sheet has a "FROM USA" and "TO USA" position, so when you sign up, you'll know which cabin you'll be working in, what jumpseat you're assigned to, which break you have, and what the specific onboard duties are that go along with those positions (selling duty free, distributing forms, galley position, greeting at the boarding door, etc) for both legs of the trip. There are a few positions both to and from the USA that stay the same and you're always welcome to swap with fellow crew members, but for the most part, if you work in J going over, you work in Y coming back and vice versa.

It's pretty straight forward and you usually only have to sign up once during the initial briefing, but there are some more complex international trips that are multiple days and include multiple legs, mid-rotation equipment changes, and crew changes that may require everyone to rebid for onboard positions more than once or twice during the trip.

Quoting mauiman31 (Thread starter):
Is the no.1 always Purser on long haul domestic/international?

If by "no. 1" you mean the most senior flight attendant on the trip, then no. The Purser/Lead position is something that's bid for in advance and is awarded as part of your monthly schedule. If you're qualified for the position and can get your hands on it, you can fly it, no matter what your seniority.

Quoting mauiman31 (Thread starter):
Does it vary or do they have that assigment for the whole month of trips?

You have the ability to bid for, swap onto, or pick up any position that you're qualified to fly.
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RE: FA Cabin/duty Assigments During Flight

Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:19 am

For the airline I worked for (non-seniority based) the #1 (and #2 if required on the a/c) position were fixed by rostering, the rest was up to the crew to decide. A few #1's would make the distribution, but usually we would decide amongst ourselves. Each position had their own safety area and items (strictly adhered to) and service tasks, which were usually followed but could be interchanged. Rest schedules were made on the flight and usually in discussion with the entire crew.
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