Quoting N62NA (thread starter), "For example, do they fly MIA
Monday night, rest all day Tuesday, fly CDG
on Wednesday, have Thursday off, fly JFK
on Friday, Saturday off, and return home CDG
N62NA, this example that you posted above is completely possible. The only change I might see would be after flying CDG
on Wednesday (probably arriving mid-afternoon), they might work JFK
the next day (departing Thursday evening). That would give them over 24 hours rest in New York. This would be a five day trip.
It would also be possible for scheduling to build longer trips, for example MIA
; and CDG
The possibilities are almost endless!
Occasionally, scheduling will take a survey of the pilots to determine what length of trips pilots prefer. In general, it seems as though pilots who live in the city in which they are based generally prefer shorter trips (1 or 2 day trips so they can be home more often) while pilots who live in cities other than where they are based (the pilots who commute to work) prefer longer trips ( 4 and 5 day trips) to minimize the number of times they have to commute between their home city and their crew base each month. Then, scheduling will try to build a mix of trips of varying lengths in an attempt to please as many pilots as possible.
Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 2), "rarely would I expect a MIA
based 767 pilot to fly any routes out of JFK
is also a 767 pilot base."
Surprisingly, this happens all the time.
Also quoting Roseflyer (Reply 4), "I'm not sure if any airline has 6 day domestic trips."
Roseflyer, I'm not sure either. As far as I know at Delta, the longest domestic trips are 5 days.